Queen City Ballet takes topsy-turvy trip to Wonderland

Helena ballet company offers whimsical rendition of “Alice in Wonderland” May 11-12

On Stage

Hightail it down the rabbit hole with Queen City Ballet Company’s whimsical “Alice in Wonderland,” Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, at the Helena Civic Center.

Queen City Ballet: Alice in Wonderland
Artistic Director Campbell Midgley promises a production of “Alice in Wonderland” that’s “nothing short of spectacular!” (Pictured here are Kaden Pfister, Kaitlyn Ruch, Josh Fisk and Sam Stutz)Photo © Kevin Hudson/Helena Photography,

This imaginative production features vibrant, professionally crafted sets, elaborate costumes, and accomplished performances by more than 60 dancers from the nationally recognized Queen City Ballet Company and Conservatory.

“Queen City Ballet Company’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is nothing short of spectacular and is sure to charm adults and children alike,” said Artistic Director Campbell Midgley.

The wildly entertaining ballet is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-beloved book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written in 1865.

The story centers on Alice, a young girl who falls asleep and dreams that she follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole. She has many wondrous, often bizarre encounters with a host of strange creatures.

In this captivating tale of curiosity and adventure, Alice journeys through the Wonderland Garden, joins the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and plays croquet with the infamous Queen of Hearts. Along the way, she meets a delightful cast of characters, including the harried White Rabbit, the cunning Cheshire Cat, the dashing Knave of Hearts, and a colorful array of flamingoes, cards, flowers, hedgehogs and more.

The Saturday show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.queencityballet.com or at the door prior to each show and start at $15.

About Queen City Ballet

Queen City Ballet Company offers rich training in classical ballet, under the training and vision of Artistic Director Campbell Midgley, who danced professionally with the Houston Ballet Company, under the direction of Ben Stevenson. Midgley is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance, and a degree in communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

She has served as artistic director of Queen City Ballet for 14 years and under her direction, the company has graced Helena stages with full-length productions of “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” contemporary ballets, and the beloved annual tradition of “The Nutcracker.”

In addition to a comprehensive training program, Queen City also offers a Summer Ballet Intensive.

For more information, go to queencityballet.com.