Bob Eveleigh: Alice in Wonderland has been seen at regular intervals as children’s theatre – usually in stage musical mode – in Port Elizabeth over the years.
Now it’s back, after 150 years of reaching out to the imagination, as Lewis Carroll’s ever-enduring tale is about to hit the Pemads Little Theatre stage once again from September 6 to 12.
This wacky adaptation, which also includes characters from Through the Looking Glass, will be staged by the Rother-Swain Drama Studio, with two casts of about 55 pupils each!
The studio principals, Sharon Rother and Linda-Louise Swain, who once again co-direct, have decided to present the story as a straight play this year, to allow their charges to get back to theatre basics: projection, interpretation and characterisation, thereby encouraging the young thespians to leave behind the technology and experience the magic of drama – two people, a plank and a passion!
Costumes are bright, colourful and imaginative in the capable hands of Amanda ffoulkes.
Children in the audience will be invited to enjoy an interactive production, with all those standard favourite characters – the throwback-to-the-sixties Caterpillar (complete with hubbly-bubbly), the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, March Hare and various Alices of different sizes.
Tickets are available through firstname.lastname@example.org and all further information on the production can be found at the Internet website http://rotherswaindrama.weebly.com or on the studio’s Facebook Page: Alice in Wonderland.
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