Kennedy Center's Family Theater to Open with Stage Adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's "Alice"

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Kim Hines has penned an adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's children's book "Alice." The world premiere of Alice will be presented next month in the Kennedy Center's new Family Theater.

The 320-seat theatre will be housed in the space previously used by the American Film Institute. Alice will begin performances in the new venue Dec. 9 and will play through Jan. 2, 2006.

Alice, according to the Kennedy Center's website, is described thusly: "So you think being rich will get you a giant house, fun times, and lots of great friends? Smart and sassy young Alice believes it will, so when she wins a mysterious sweepstakes, there's no time to lose to claim her prize! With her two best friends in tow — a white rabbit who's, well, kind of invisible, and a card-playing nerd who has a thing for hats — Alice heads into the topsy turvy neon wonderland of the Big City in a race against the clock."

About the new theatre, Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said in a statement, "Arts education can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children and adults. The Family Theater provides a new home for world-class family theatre performances for Washington, the surrounding communities and visitors to our nation’s capital." Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser added, "The Kennedy Center has one of the most extensive arts education program in the world. This new venue will expand the Center’s ability to produce and present excellent works for young people."

The 2005-2006 season at the Family Theater will also include such world premieres as Brave No World, Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida and Walking Winds: Arabian Tales.

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