Alice In Wonderland - Key Photo - The Queen of Hearts
The director mentioned that she would like to have a heart balloon attached to the playing cards shoulder. The natural conclusion to me seems to be that the queen of hearts needs to have some too. Alice in Wonderland will be an opera for children- so anything too modern is not in my interest. The children must be able to relate the images they know to what they will get to see on stage. Yet, it should be funny. And colourful. And cheery. However, the queen should be a rather impressive figure but a little bit ridiculous. She is a queen, but Alice after all, does not really take her seriously. So I would like to put the queen into a very wide skirt- probably a crinoline, to stick to what you expect a queen to wear. But why not, fill her skirt with some heart balloons that every now and then escape? That will force the queen to try to put them back under her skirt- which will quite likely break her seriousness up and introduce a ridiculous side.