Deborah Skinner, founder and artistic director of CDT, brought back the spring production in response to her students’ persistent requests.
“Over the years, all the kids always asked for another production. They wanted to do another one,” Skinner said. “This year, I just said, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’”
The 60-student cast, ranging from 5 to 19 years old, has rehearsed since January.
Parent volunteers created the costumes, set design and props.
Skinner’s “Alice” adaptation uses music from Tim Burton’s movie, Disney’s movie and Richard Hartley’s score in the “Alice in Wonderland” telefilm.
Skinner’s favorite part of the experience has been observing the growth of the performers involved.
“I love to watch people reach new levels,” Skinner said. “I think the majority of people in this world no longer have the avenue to be creative, so it’s fun to watch people say, ‘I don’t think that I can do that,’ and then they do it.”
Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” are available online at www.atthegrand.org or at the box office at 715 Central Ave.
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