Whitefish Theatre Company stages the beloved story of “Alice In Wonderland,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, April 11-20, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Called “simply a marvel” by DC Metro Theatre Arts, this family-friendly production opens with a sneak preview April 11 at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish.
Based on the timeless classic by Lewis Carroll, “Alice In Wonderland” follows one of literature’s most treasured heroines as she travels down the rabbit hole in her madcap adventure. In a place where everyone and everything keep getting “curiouser and curiouser,” Alice meets a mad March Hare, sees a cat disappear, and even takes advice from a caterpillar.
Will Alice ever be able to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddles or will it be “Off with her head!” at the Queen of Hearts’ command? With a magical set and over-the-top costumes that are sure to enchant audiences of all ages, this enduring tale celebrates the pluck and intelligence of a young girl, as well as the powerful wonder of stories and the imagination.
“Isn’t it wonderful that this cherished book, penned over 150 years ago, remains a favorite today?” says director Rebecca Spear. “When I think of how this story has been lovingly shared from generation to generation, I can’t help but stand in admiration of its continuing gifts of inspiration and joy to countless fans.”
“It’s magical to watch on stage how this classic story celebrates ingenuity, play, dreams and the delight of childhood,” she adds.
Spear reunites with WTC for this show after directing “Seussical: The Musical,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” “The Hobbit” and “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.”
The cast of “Alice In Wonderland” is comprised of 32 talented adult and young actors from all over the Flathead Valley, including Simma Lefcourt who plays Alice, Scarlett Schindler as the Cheshire Cat, Badge Busse as the White Rabbit, Jill Dieser as the Mad Hatter, and Rachel Hunnicutt as the Queen of Hearts.
“Having a cast of both adults and children is a special kind of collaboration – a true community,” says Spear. “I feel so lucky to be a part of it all. Many thanks to all who have brought Lewis Carroll’s world to life at WTC.”
Tickets for the sneak preview on April 11 are $12 for adults and $10 for students and are available only at the door with general seating. Tickets for other performances are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students with reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at 1 Central Avenue in Whitefish, by calling 406-862-5371 or online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.