Nine-year-old Valerie Boorne stars as Alice in Will Oâ€™ the Wisp Productionsâ€™ upcoming performances of Alice In Wonderland.
SACKVILLE, N.B. â€“ July 17th marks the opening night of Will O' the Wisp Productions' Alice in Wonderland.
Based on the works of Lewis Carroll and adapted by 20-year-old co-director and co-founder Marilla Steuter-Martin of Sackville, the play promises to be an energetic and comedic spectacle.
The script combines elements from both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, two children's literary classics that continue to capture the imaginations of both young and old.
It follows the story of Alice, a young girl who falls down the rabbit hole and discovers a world where everything seems turned upside down.
Alice, played by nine-year-old Valerie Boorne, journeys through Wonderland and along the way meets a white rabbit who is perpetually running late, a mad hatter holding a mad tea party and a smiling cheshire cat.
As a community theatre company, Will O the Wisp's cast is composed of young actors of all ages and levels of experience.
Co-founder and co-director Charlotte Steuter-Martin explains that creating a space for young people to perform is part of the company's core mission statement.
"Every year we make a point of choosing a show that showcases young talent in the community," she says. "My sister and I remember what it's like being kids in the theatre world and how much it means to be given a couple lines and the opportunity to shine."
Now in its fourth year of production, Will O' the Wisp is proud to have established a reputation for family-friendly, magic-influenced summer theatre.
Beginning this week, Alice in Wonderland will be taking over the historic Sackville Music Hall, located at 4 Bridge Street. Evening shows take place at 7 p.m. from July 17-20 with weekend matinees at 2 p.m. on July 19 and 20. Tickets are $5
for children, $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults, and are available for advance purchase at Tidewater Books or for reservation online at willothewisp.ca