Two talented casts presenting Alice in Wonderland starting Thursday

LACONIA — Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and a whole host of wacky wonderland creatures will be featured in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Anne Coulter Martens has adapted Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic for the stage and the Playhouse’s Youth and Teen Ensemble will be presenting it on April 5-7 and 13-15.

After falling through a rabbit-hole, young Alice finds herself in a world of talking animals and comic royalty where favorite ...

LACONIA — Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and a whole host of wacky wonderland creatures will be featured in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Anne Coulter Martens has adapted Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic for the stage and the Playhouse’s Youth and Teen Ensemble will be presenting it on April 5-7 and 13-15.

After falling through a rabbit-hole, young Alice finds herself in a world of talking animals and comic royalty where favorite characters like Tweedledum and Tweedledee and Humpty Dumpty send Alice on a path which leads her right into the court of the nasty Queen of Hearts. This child-friendly adaptation will appeal to audience members of all ages.

The whimsical set, designed by Dan Daly, will capture children’s imaginations and allow everyone a great view of the production.

The Playhouse’s Education Director, Kate Wisnioski, directs 47 kids and teens in the production and says, "we had our largest turnout ever at auditions. With so many talented kids to choose from, we couldn’t bear to turn anyone away, so we decided to double cast the production, allowing many kids to have a chance to shine."

The performers were divided into the "heart" and "diamond" casts and each cast will perform in four of the eight scheduled performances. All of the large speaking roles have been doubled up while a handful of young children will perform their roles at all eight performances. Heather Hunt from Gilmanton and Teghan Kelly from Meredith lead their casts as Alice. For a full breakdown of which performers will be present at each performance, visit www.winniplayhouse.org.

This production is generously sponsored by Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion and Meredith Bay Coffee House. Tickets cost $14 for adult, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. Performances will take place at the Weirs Beach location of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended by calling 366-7377.

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Anna Ellis as the Caterpillar and Teghan Kelly as Alice in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s production of Alice in Wonderland. (Courtesy photo)