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Ready for Wonderland
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Don’t be late for this very important date. Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” is coming to Centertown Elementary School in May.
“The kids are working really hard,” said Centertown Theatre Club director Dr. Lynn England. “We’ve been practicing since early February. We have several veterans in the cast and some new actors. Everyone is doing really well.”
The play will be shown on May 7 at 2 p.m., and May 9, 10 and 12 at 6 p.m. at Centertown Elementary.
Some of the lead characters are Mitchell Woodlee as the King, Samantha David as the Red Queen, Ivy Vinson as the Mad Hatter, Harley Leck as White Rabbit, Abigail Mathis as Cheshire Cat, and Alyssa Hobbs as Alice.
“I’m not nervous,” said Woodlee, 13. “I’ve been in every play the school has offered. I don’t get nervous or have stage fright.”
Vinson is equally prepared, despite having a big hat to fill. As the Mad Hatter, a large hat is a must, although it can take its toll.
“This hat is too heavy,” said Vinson. “It must weigh 10 pounds. I can’t wait to take it off.”
Other characters will be Juan Jantes as the Caterpillar, Jaylan Smith as the Door Mouse, Bridgette Kern as the March Hare, and Braxton Fitts as Tweedledum and Katie Stephens as Tweedledee.
Woodlee says everyone needs to keep any eye on Jantes’ portrayal of the Caterpillar.
“He’s a rapper caterpillar,” Woodlee said. “Even his hat is on sideways. Show her your rapper pose, Juan.”
To the request, Jantes whipped all his many arms around his body and struck a stance on stage.
Rounding out the other characters are:
• Rose — Diamond Davis
• Dodo — Holly Jenkins
• Flowers — Anslee Miller, Katelyn Blackwell, Sarah Bradberry, Chole Moore and Emilee David
• Birds — Ariel Walker, Tara Labeau, Jasmine Dillon and Jera Ringemann
• Cards — Brittanee Cox, Julia Taylor and Macy Scott.
Working behind the scenes will be Keely Cameron on rear projection and Bethany Cox and Blake Moore on lights. Along with numerous characters in the play, Kayla Myers and Abby Davis will be offering the chorus.
Proceeds generated from “Alice in Wonderland” go to fund future plays and activities by Centertown Theatre Club.
“We started out with nothing,” said England. “We had no money, no equipment, no stage, no curtain. We now have a stage and a curtain. Through our ticket sales, we now have some equipment.”
England says the group recently had a fundraiser at Foodland Plus.
“Richard McMahan at Foodland Plus has been one of our biggest supporters,” he said. “He takes care of us.”
Tickets are $4. For more information, call 939-2261 ext. 105.