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April 8, 2009 > Go to Wonderland

Go to Wonderland

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Rainbow Theatre

The adventures of a girl named Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world, chasing a White Rabbit, goes on to meet many other wonderfully wacky characters - the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many more, has given the story lasting popularity with children as well as with grown-ups.

Originally told by author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, has been told and retold by the numerous stage, film and television adaptations of the story produced over the years. Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland is based on both Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

The Milpitas Rainbow Theatre will present the stage adaptation at its illustrative best. It features new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," and "The Un-Birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

The show is not only for kids, but for people of all ages. Rainbow Theatre welcomes volunteers to help with shows, especially setting-up and tearing down the set. Any volunteers over the age of 18 need to have their fingerprints cleared by the City of Milpitas. "We don't need volunteers right now for this show but will need for our future show in the summer program high school musical. Volunteers aged 8-22 are welcome to audition on May 5th" said Mei-Wan Chai, Theatre program coordinator.

The stage adaptation is based on the 1951 Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" and the novels "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Caroll. Disney's Alice in Wonderland Junior is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Join Alice's adventurous journey in Wonderland with the plentiful characters, including multiple Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. The cast includes Alex Perroots as Alice, Alexander Driggers as Tweedle Dee and Scott Hall, T.J. Dunn. Cheshire Cat roles are played by Alyssa Bennett, Sarah Lamdin. Veronica Wang, Stephanie Parrish are the White Rabbits. Kelly Torbet, Taylor Dunn are in the role of Mad Hatter, while Shannon Westerfield and Casey Alen play the Queen of Hearts and King of Hearts respectively. Cortney Hyde is the Caterpillar.

Disney's animated versions of Carroll's characters have been popular for over four decades, and the author's original tale has continued to enchant and amuse us for over one hundred forty-three years now.

After the Doorknob counsels Alice to drink from a bottle, then eat a cookie, Alice shrinks, thus allowing her to fit through a keyhole. The White Rabbit leads her to clowns, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. She plays a wild game of musical chairs at the Mad Hatter's tea party and meets the evil Queen of Hearts. Watch the show to find out what happens next.

Tickets are priced $8 for general admission (ages 13-49) and $6 for Children/Senior Admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Milpitas Community Center Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and one hour prior to the show, if tickets are available.

Please notify box office of your needs when purchasing your tickets.
The performances are scheduled for April 10, April 11, April 17 and April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 11 and April 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Alice In Wonderland Junior
Friday, April 10
7:30 p.m.
Milpitas Community Center
457 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210

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