The poem, “Jabberwocky” was included in Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
In this hilarious re-telling of the poem, all the fantasy creatures come to life as they act out the famous poem.
Excerpt from the play:
CHARACTERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE):
At rise, the TOVES and BOROGROVES are standing on-stage, as though they are near a pond. Cricket sounds can be playing if desired.
Really, really brillig.
The TOVES start doing a weird wavy dance, and never stop doing it after this point.
What—what are you doing, Toves?
TOVE 1 busts a new dance move.
And gimbling! Freak out!
TOVE 2 starts a new dance. The BOROGROVES begin to get very sad. They cry and distress about the TOVES’ dancing.
Aww, don’t go all mimsy on us, Borogrove.
BOROGROVE 2 (crying)
BOROGROVE 1 (very upset)
No more gimbling!
HUMPTY DUMPTY enters carrying a clipboard and looks around, upset.
Quiet! Quiet on the set. It’s almost showtime.
HUMPTY DUMPTY points to the audience, but doesn’t look at them.
There’s a fullish, youngish, semi-alertish house full of people out there semi-enthusiastic about watching your sorry performance.
to the house.