Youth Theatre Workshop’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ starts Friday, and you can have tea with them

Small Alice (Averi Shirmers) discovers a garden of dancing and singing flowers played by Lindsey Giest, Ava Maki, Katie Thorpe, April Anderson, Katelyn Kolyer, and Alison Hudson. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

Small Alice (Averi Shirmers) discovers a garden of dancing and singing flowers played by Lindsey Giest, Ava Maki, Katie Thorpe, April Anderson, Katelyn Kolyer, and Alison Hudson. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

 

If you really enjoy “Alice in Wonderland,” a production of Youth Theatre Workshop that opens Friday evening at Elk River High School’s Little Theatre, you have the opportunity to join the characters for tea.

The audience will journey with Alice and encounter unusual sights and odd characters in this light-hearted, whimsical diversion from ordinary, everyday reality, in 10 performances this weekend and next.

Alice (Shelby Swenson) walks in on the Duchess (Lauren Christ), the Pig (Zachary Nikovics), and the Cheshire Cat (Lauren Thiesen) as the Duchess prepares to play croquet.

Alice (Shelby Swenson) walks in on the Duchess (Lauren Christ), the Pig (Zachary Nikovics), and the Cheshire Cat (Lauren Thiesen) as the Duchess prepares to play croquet.

 

About 60 members, aged 5 through high school, along with the production staff and many volunteers, have rehearsed nightly for several weeks to create a colorful, magical, wacky fantasy world, and the characters that inhabit it. The director is Eileen Anderson.

Playing Alice at various ages are Shelby Swenson, Averi Schirmers, Shiloh Zoccoli and Tess Trombley. Molly Juba and Lauren Theisen share the Chesire Cat role. Matthew Nelson is the Mad Hatter. Hunter Woolfolk and Sarah Noding are King and Queen of Hearts.

Eli Branjord (Small White Rabbit) and Colin Ritter (Pat) try to figure out how to get the "monster," which is really Tall Alice (Shiloh Zoccoli) out of his rabbit hole.

Eli Branjord (Small White Rabbit) and Colin Ritter (Pat) try to figure out how to get the “monster,” which is really Tall Alice (Shiloh Zoccoli) out of his rabbit hole.

 

Along with the play, the YTW is offering a “Tea and Treat” Package.  After receiving delectable tea, punch, and treats, the guest will be escorted by the characters for preferred seating. They will receive special gifts and photos with their character hosts. Interested individuals may find out more at the web site youththeatreworkshop.org/tickets.

Small Alice (Averi Shirmers) tries to get through the Tall Doorknob (Adeline Gieski) and into Wonderland.

Small Alice (Averi Shirmers) tries to get through the Tall Doorknob (Adeline Gieski) and into Wonderland.

A link to a recent promotional video for “Alice” and the YTW, produced and narrated by Kevin Hunter of “The Business Forum Show” (also an Elk River Community Theatre actor) is available. Go to youtube.com/watch?v=NKhbVlgZqeg&feature=youtu.be

Alice in Wonderland
At ERHS Little Theatre
Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 and 6 p.m.

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