DLUX Puppets: Alice in Wonderland

Posted Friday, February 22nd


Professional Life-size Puppetry Theater

PLEASANTON, Calif— On Saturday, March 9, the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton presents live on stage the literary classic ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ transformed into a musical adaptation using actors, life-sized (and bigger!) puppets and a digitally projected, Live Virtual Set ™. 

DLux Puppets is the innovative professional theater company that mixes actors, life-sized puppets, and a new “virtual” set platform. The Alice in Wonderland puppets are created from scratch, from design through construction and finishing, in the DLUX shop and studio. They range from 2 to 7 feet tall, with some taking as long as 200 hours to build.

 Co-founded by Beach Blanket Babylon’s Derek Lux and his partner elementary teacher Lauren Lux, the company has both high artistic excellence and strong ties to SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Math).  

 But the founders note “this is not your typical 60-minute re-telling of a beloved classic.” 

 The production aims to offer and demonstrate strategies for how children and their grown-ups can empower themselves in their lives, told through the lens of the fantasy-rich, familiar tale.  Lauren says: “The show is based on positive psychology and teaches children the power of their words, thoughts and feelings. Children will learn tools that have a more positive mindset.”

While the show is unique, Lux admits to a certain “Sesame Street flair,” having always been a huge Jim Henson and Muppets fan. “What I really love about him is how much of an innovator he was. That is something I very much want to emulate in my own way.”

 Two shows: Saturday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Reserved seating tickets: Adult $8-$16; Student: $6-$14.  Tickets online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and two hours prior to performances if not sold out. 


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DLux Puppets presents Alice in Wonderland. Two shows: March 9 at 11:00 a.m. (sensory-friendly performance) and 2:00 p.m. at Firehouse Arts Center Theater in Pleasanton.  Innovative live professional theater company, combining actors, life-size puppets, and unique virtual sets. Reserved seating tickets: Adult $8-$16; Student $6-$14. More information and tickets available at www.firehousearts.org, 925-931-4848, or at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton.

The Firehouse Arts Center is owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton, and dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  

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