OCEAN Arts along with the incredibly talented students of William Paca Middle School will bring Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. to life for three exciting shows beginning Friday, April 12 at 7 pm followed by two performances on Saturday, April 13 at 1 pm and 7 pm.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865, was a popular children’s story about imagination and escapism. It was brought to the screen by Walt Disney in 1951 and has remained a family favorite. This stage version incorporates the wacky characters of the original with the well-loved songs of the animated film. The combination is an entertaining stroll down the rabbit hole of imagination.
There are three Alices in this musical interpretation of the Disney classic animated film, and each actress will bring her own quirky charm to the stage this weekend.
“Audiences of all ages will love watching this beloved story retold and may even find themselves transported to Wonderland,” said director Kelly DeChene, who returns with music director Michael Drodz for a fifth OCEAN Arts production.
The dreamlike setting of Alice in Wonderland Jr. compels the students to think outside the box of what they have done before, and what they expect.
“This production has required much imagination to bring this story to the stage and, the students have executed this flawlessly, which I am so proud of,” said DeChene, who always asks the students to trust her vision as they begin a production, and this was especially important for the Alice cast. “It has been an incredible journey and pleasure to take the students of this cast and crew down the rabbit hole!”
Alice in Wonderland Jr. will be presented William Paca Middle School, 338 Blanco Drive, Mastic Beach, on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm, and Saturday April 13 at 1 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door. Children 2 and under are free on an adult lap. All tickets are general admission, no reserved seating. Purchase advance tickets at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community library. Visit www.oceanarts.org for more information on that organization.
Alice in Wonderland Jr. at William Paca Middle School, the recent productions at William Floyd High School and William Floyd Middle School, as well as the annual theater summer camps are the result of an ongoing dynamic partnership between OCEAN Arts, the Community Library Friends of the Arts and the William Floyd School District. This is the eighth year OCEAN Arts, formerly the cultural arts committee of the William Floyd Community Summit, has produced the high school musical and 2019 will be the sixth summer camp.
OCEAN Arts artistic director Kyle Imperatore looks toward the future. “We’ve come so far these last few years,” he said. “Our partnership with the school district just keeps getting stronger and there are great things to come.”