The students, directors and crew have worked hard for the past 11 weeks to put on a full show in this short amount of time.
Artistic Director, Shelly Inskeep, said they started putting this show together in August. At the time, they didn’t even have a score.
This show was created from scratch.
“Having to decide not only how we wanted to tell the story, but then what music we were going to use to tell the story… I think that was the biggest challenge,” Inskeep said.
This performance is a unique telling of Alice’s trip into Wonderland. They were originally inspired by The Royal Ballet’s version of this story, then branched off of that by adding their own favorite parts from different tellings of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Hailey Higginbotham, the ballet mistress, said both her and the performers have enjoyed being able to step away from the traditional ballets to try something new. This show is very character focused, so even though the students are dancing as they do in other shows, they have a unique personality for their character that gets to shine through while they perform.
This dance production gives a humorous take on the story of Alice in Wonderland, Higginbotham says. It’s different than a traditional ballet, not just in the fact that there is humor added, but also with how theatrical it is.
Sydney Revennaugh, who plays Alice, said she has really enjoyed being a part of something so unique. She hasn’t had the chance to take on a role like Alice before and she has found this to be really fun.
Katie Reynolds is playing The Queen of Hearts, and said she has enjoyed the challenge of adding in some acting. She’s used to only having to dance so having a role that requires a lot of acting as well has been both difficult and enjoyable.
Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.