Stirling Primary school pupils are hard at work rehearsing for their exciting production of Alice in Wonderland that will be showcased at the Guild Theatre later this month.
The enchanting story of Alice in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carrol in 1865, was later adapted by American playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.
It has since been retold many times, and the Stirling cast are eager to put their own spin on the classic story, along with vibrant sets, costumes and lighting.
The cast consists of 64 talented young children between the ages of 11 and 13. They will be performing under the guidance of seven Stirling drama, music and artistic teachers.
The show’s director, Sandra Baxter Marais, said the pupils were excited to perform for East London audiences.
“East London audiences enjoy being entertained by our talented young actors, singers and dancers, as is attested to by the overwhelming support we have seen at recent productions at the Guild Theatre,” said Marais.
“Our local young actors, singers and dancers, besides having enormous fun, are developing techniques and an appreciation for the discipline and value of the creative arts, to achieve balance in their lives.”
Yolanda Birsch is responsible for the set design, and with the help of Andre Donaldson and his lighting expertise, the Guild stage is set to dazzle audiences.
Nimagugu Makhathini is the show’s music director, and with the assistance of Shannon Venter, will bring the show’s various songs to life as the audience follows the adventures of Alice as she encounters the Cheshire Cat, the Flamingo Croquet, the Queen of Hearts and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
An added element of excitement is that each performance will have a different pupil starring in the role of Alice.
The show will run for three days, from Thursday to Friday October 27-28 at 6.30pm, and 2pm on Saturday October 29.
Tickets are R80 per person and are available at Computicket as well as at the door at the Guild Theatre.