August 22, 2014
Venice Theatre travels down the rabbit hole with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
(Venice, FL) Venice Theatre’s Generations Series is proud to present Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. This fast-paced musical version of Lewis Carroll’s novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” opens Thursday, Sept. 11 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Performances take place on Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton Stage at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $10 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, $13 for college students and $17 for adults. They can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
The stage musical is based on Disney’s 1951 film and tells the story of Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine as she takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world where nothing is as it seems. Audiences of all ages are invited to join her on her journey as she encounters mock turtles, dancing flora, smiling cats, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties. This “junior” production is a 60-minute version perfect for young performers and audiences. The show features updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
Venice Theatre presents the show with a cast of young actors in elementary, middle and high school. The lead role of Alice is played by 8th grader Leah Henry who has also been seen at Venice Theatre in The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat and Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Directing is Kelly Wynn Woodland. Laura Priscilla Hoffman is choreographer and Booker High School student Eli Schildkraut is music director.
Again, tickets for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. are available at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour before show-time. The theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico
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 Carroll
Director – Kelly Wynn Woodland
Choreographer – Laura Priscilla Hoffman
Music Director – Eli Schildkraut
Stage Manager – Lisa Figueroa
Technical Director/Lighting Designer – John Andzulis
Scenic Designer – Donna Buckalter
Costume Designer – Stephanie Gift
Sound Designer – Dorian Boyd
Props Master – Lisa Million
Cheshire Cat 1 – Logan Schultz
Cheshire Cat 2 – Luke Cooper
Cheshire Cat 3 – Ryan Hunek
Mathilda – Claudia Hassler
Alice – Leah Henry
Tall Alice – Claire Ellis
Small Alice – Lexi King
White Rabbit – Caden Denslow
Doorknob – Jillian Alexander
Dodo Bird – Tristan Guin
Tweedle Dum – Toni Hajroja
Tweedle Dee – Jay Harrington
Rose – Samantha Crawford
Petunia – Natalie Taylor
Lily – Rachel Golden
Violet – Sarah Johnson
Daisy – Patty McGuire
Caterpillar – Casey Berkery
Mad Hatter – Nathan Oss
March Hare – Jake Cooper
Queen of Hearts – Emma Diner
King of Hearts – Liam McGuire
Rock Lobsters/Royal Cardsmen – Lily Figueroa, Madison Wandell, Lauren Wickerson, Kiley Berker, Alanna Rife, Taylor Keister, Carly Kruysman
Venice Theatre’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. Now the second-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave .on the island in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.