The story of Alice in Wonderland is re-imagined in a surrealist production featuring the talented students of Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s summer theatre school.
The 15-member cast holds nothing back as they show off their skills, from choreographed dance and movement to pantomime and singing.
There is no rabbit hole, but Alice — played by dynamo Juliette Schroeder-Suss — is asleep and her anxiety-filled dreams are a kaleidoscope of dancing flowers, bees, ghosts, cards and a caterpillar. She is in a no-win game of chase with a playful white rabbit (Rachel Sparrow), and the Cheshire Cat (Tyra Brynn Godenier) is just a tease.
The fanciful, fast-paced 45-minute show never lets up and director Theresa Thomson ensures each performer has plenty to do — most appear in more than one role.
Here’s betting many a future theatre star is in this production.
— Rob Williams