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Continued: A trip down the rabbit hole with 'Alice' at Children's Theatre

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 2, 2013 - 3:31 PM

Longtime company member Autumn Ness, who plays the Queen of Hearts, is seven months pregnant with her second child.

“My character is quite a card,” she said jovially as she and her understudy Mo Perry, who plays Tweedledum, put on wigs in their shared dressing room.

Ness’ due date is June 9 — a week before “Alice” closes.

“When we were cast, Skip wanted to go tall and put me on stilts,” said Ness, who is married to cast member Reed Sigmund. “But then Reed and I went in to let Peter know [about their baby news]. Skip didn’t miss a beat. Instead of being tall, my costume now goes wide. So now I’m double wide.”

Ness does not want to exit mid-performance, as CTC actor Dean Holt did several years ago when his wife went into labor.

“When that announcement was made, the audience just erupted,” said Ness. “I like applause, but I can wait.”


Rohan Preston • 612-673-4390

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    Who: Adapted by Sharon Holland from Lewis Carroll’s book. Directed by Peter Brosius.

    When: 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 & 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through June 15.

    Where: Children’s Theatre, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls.

    Tickets: $10-$59. 612-874-0400 or

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