Classes Up Close: Alice in Wonderland

IMG_0907.JPGI took a break from our “Classes Up Close” series because our fall classes filled, and we got very busy with them! Those classes are still underway, and we would love to have you join us for a class presentation day on Tuesday, October 27 (12:30 for “Peter and the Wolf” and the ages 4-8 dance classes; 2:00 for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and ages 8-11 dance classes, more info forthcoming!).

Many people have been asking about our Spring classes, so I’m going to get a bunch of posts out in the next two weeks before “The Wiz” really ramps up in November. Our Spring classes start in January  (They should really be our Winter-Spring classes, but not only is that too long and awkward to say, it’s much nicer to think spring, yes?).

The big focus of our Spring semester is the Junior Production, when our younger students get to shine on the big stage. The Junior Production includes the Creative Dance and Classical Ballet Classes, the “High Notes” Children’s Choir, and a play – this year it is “Alice in Wonderland.” One exciting element that we are adding this year

the Olaf's Summer Vacation cast

is that all of the classes will be a part of the overall “Alice in Wonderland” production. The dance classes will perform in their own scenes within the show, and the Choir will sing as part of the Queen’s Royal Court scene. This way, the production as a whole will be more unified, and all of the classes will have a sense of working together on the same production. We can’t wait to begin!

To be one of the speaking roles in “Alice in Wonderland,” children ages 8-12 can register for either the Tuesday or Thursday class option. Both classes will be taught in the same manner, though one class will be Act One, and the other will be Act Two. We will have a fun and creative way to show how the characters in both acts (Alice, The White Rabbit) “change” and are suddenly played by different people. The dream-like world of Alice, and the “magic” of stage effects, will make this possible! Oh, and I should also mention that this is the classic story of “Alice” as told by Lewis Carroll- not the Disney version!

IMG_0436Led by Jennifer Roca and directed by a team of fantastic high school interns, both the Tuesday and Thursday classes of “Alice” will have a blast playing fun theatre games, learning basic stage technique, and studying this classic piece of literature. They will learn how to create a character and work as a team. We enjoy showering these kids with the same costume, set, and lighting attention that our MainStage production gets!  The result is an enjoyable performance…but what’s more important to us is the bond that the cast forms along the way, and the feeling of accomplishment as they take a bow together.

You can see some slideshows of past Junior Productions here… and you can register HERE. Our past two Junior Productions have filled by mid-December, so register now!

Let us know if you have any questions…

~Jen Roca, for the rest of the #progress gang

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” — Alice [in Wonderland]

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