FREDERICK, Md. -- The Alice in Charlie Smith's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" is more centered, more self-aware than the Alice typically described in the famed nonsensical tale or in Smith's previous adaptations.
"She's more sure of herself in the beginning, so her journey is different," said Smith, who also is directing the show being presented Friday and Saturday at Weinberg Center for the Arts. Donna Grim is the artistic director.
"This year, in places where the Alice before has been frightened and cried, and other characters come out to help her, this Alice is dealing with personal doubts, but she doesn't have a panic mode or a crying mode," Smith said.
The more self-aware Alice is due to the more mature Frederick County girl portraying the character, Isabella Til-
mont, Smith said. Isabella might be more mature, but she's still only 10.
"When I write I always hear a 20-year-old (Alice) in my head," Smith said. "Then I get to rehearsal and the lines won't work with children."