The cast and crew of Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’. Courtesy/LALT
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
It’s magical, it’s nerdy, it celebrates not only love, but stubbornness and anger. It’s the Los Alamos Little Theatre production of “A Wrinkle in Time”.
The James Sie adaption of Madeline L’engle’s classic young adult novel is a sprawling ensemble piece with kids in the starring roles. Who better to direct such a piece than Los Alamos’ own Mimi Adams? If you saw “The Neverending Story” a couple of years ago, you’ve already experienced Adams’ fine direction of a large ensemble and the sense of whimsy she brings to stories meant for both kids and adults. “Wrinkle” is a worthy successor to that play.
“Wrinkle in Time is double-cast in the three leading roles. The audience at today’s matinee performance will see the cast I saw. I’m sure the other cast also is terrific. Gloria Galassi brings the perfect sensibility to Meg Murray (played by Kate Obrey in the second cast)—the angry but vulnerable heroine on the verge of adolescence. She’s splendid.
Her five-year-old brother Charles Wallace is played by Jane Hite (Jocelyne Dolejsi in cast number two). Charles Wallace is very much his own person and very sure of himself. Oh, and he also can understand what the wind says to the trees and occasionally reads minds. Hite is charming but never fails to take Charles Wallace as seriously as he takes himself.
Kids in Los Alamos will relate to the siblings, whose parents are scientists. Their father is currently lost on a secret government mission and finding him is the goal of the adventure.
Rounding out the trio of young adventurers is Meg’s new friend, Calvin O’Keefe, played by Gabriel Cook (Mikalh Adams in the second cast). Cook captures the steady, smart, down-to-earth Calvin and his dawning appreciation of Meg very well.
The kids are helped on their journey by three eccentric intergalactic personages: Mrs. Whatsit (Valerie Lawdenski, Mrs. Who (Suzy Kroesche) and Mrs. Which (Terry Beery). They are clearly having lots of fun with their roles and make the three seem both funny and powerful.
Players in the smaller parts are good and the whole ensemble of 37 is where they should be when they should be and do a great job. Adams’ skill as a director really shines as she brings everyone, kids and adults, gracefully into their roles in the story.
The inventive set design and creation by Sequoyah Adams-Rice and Clara Clark makes the multi-planet world of “Wrinkle” come alive. A shout out to their construction minions Anthony Clark Jr. and Matthew Clark as well. Matthew also headed up the live sound FX crew, assisted by Amerlynn Gregory and Brennan Caldwell. The live sound is especially challenging in this production because the actors must wear masks and use a lot of $10 words. Costumes by Sue Hansen and Katy Korkos are marvelous, especially those of the alien beings.
If you bring your sense of whimsy and fun, you’re sure to enjoy “Wrinkle” no matter what your age. One caveat on age—the show may be hard to understand and too scary for those under four.
“A Wrinkle in Time”, produced by Kelly Dolejsi, has six more performances: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19. This is the first live LALT production since the pandemic began. Quench your thirst for live theatre at the show!