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May 10, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Alice in Wonderland is about surprises. From Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole to the defeat of the Red Queen, the story is nothing if not a twisting turn of events. Starting Friday through Sunday, TRYPS Children’s Theater will surprise audiences again with its steampunk influences on the classic children’s tale.
Steampunk is an artistic movement that is the marriage of Victorian and industrial themes, which the play will incorporate into the edgy costume and set design. This will give the play a dark, dreamlike atmosphere similar to Lewis Carroll’s original creation. Plans are for the White Rabbit to wear aviator goggles instead of his usual spectacles, and the backdrop will incorporate brass cogs and machinery gears.
The 37-person main stage cast and 36-person encore cast is divided by experience and performs on different days. The casts are made up of students from third through 12th grade. Executive Artistic Director Jill Womack says the children have effortlessly captured the charm of the eccentric cast of cherished characters.
“It’s wonderful that the kids are so familiar with the story and music coming into rehearsal,” Womack says. “Although Alice doesn’t have a tiara like the other princesses, she’s certainly one of the classic Disney characters they’re invested in.” Watch the children’s investment take form as the treasured tale’s tumbling twists come alive at TRYPS performances of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.
WHERE: Launer Auditorium, Columbia College
WHEN: Main stage cast: Friday and Saturday, 7p.m. Encore cast: Sunday, 2p.m. and 7p.m.
COST: $7 general public,$3 lap seats for children under 2 years old