One of my favorite stories growing up was "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll. It's the story of a young girl named, you guessed it, Alice, who is not keen about leaving childhood. We all know the story of how she followed a waistcoat-wearing white rabbit down a hole and into the wacky world of Wonderland.
But what if she didn't go alone? That is the premise of the Minot Area Theatrical Society's children's production of "Alice in Wonderland."
Written by Bob May, this version of the classic tale finds Alice on the eve of her 13th birthday, and not looking forward to being considered a grownup already. When the white rabbit makes its appearance, Alice follows it with an older, more mature version of herself. Together, they navigate their way through Wonderland, and Alice learns that it isn't all that bad to become a young adult.
From left, Brandon Schafer, Mya Temanson and Kit Young rehearse a scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” which will be performed by the Minot Area Theatrical Society April 10-13 at The Vegas Motel.
From left, Kit Young, Damien Walsh, Mya Temanson and Brennan Sharollow rehearse a scene from “Alice in Wonderland.”
From left, Kit Young, Maureen Sheppard and Mya Temanson rehearse a scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” which will be performed by the Minot Area Theatrical Society April 10-13 at The Vegas Motel.
Directed by Cassie Rech, the play stars Mya Temanson as Alice and Kit Young as the older Alyse. Rounding out the Wonderland cast is Damien Walsh as The Mad Hatter; Brennan
Sharollow as the March Hare; Brandon Schafer as the Caterpillar; Chloe Watterud as the Cheshire Cat; Maureen Sheppard as the Queen of Hearts; Paul Gilbraith as the King; Harper Wentz as the White Rabbit; and cards/guards played by Faith, Payton and Luke Wegner, Athena Busetn, Ella Wittliff, Ada Banks and Desirae Martin.
"Alice In Wonderland" will be at The Vegas Motel in the Stardust Ballroom with a 7 p.m. start time Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12. On Sunday, April 13, will be a 1 p.m. matinee performance. Dinner will be served on Friday and Saturday with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. To make reservations or for questions, call Les Younger at 509-5215. Come take a trip down the rabbit hole with your family.
(Donald L. Pitsiladis is a Minot Area Theatrical Society member.)