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“I am Alice”, LP Stage Productions’ latest hit an absolute ‘wonder’Written By MARNI WALSH




Written By MARNI WALSH

LP Stage Productions did a ‘wonderful' job of bringing “Wonderland” to life this week at Grace Tipling Hall in Shelburne. Visually stunning, Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a colourful and lively musical romp through the world of Alice's imagination that is perfect for the whole family. Luckily, theatre patrons still have four more chances to see the production: May 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and May 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.

Featuring 40 area youths, ages six to fifteen the show is a visual spectacle from beginning to end. LP Stage Productions has gained a reputation for creating professional quality sets and props with each successive show, and Alice in Wonderland is no exception.

Beautifully painted canvases create the background of Wonderland, while the proscenium arch is framed with giant magical flora and fungi. Director Alison Port promised earlier this month that the artistic team led by LP's Dale Lundy, with help from Jason Riedal as painter and puppet-costume creator, along with Kaylea Angus, would “wow audience with their talents,” and she was true to her word.

There was a ream of exceptional costumes to go with the sets, such as “tall Alice,” the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Queen of Heart's cardsmen, and especially impressive - the beautifully feathered Dodo Bird. To describe the quality and character of these costumes would be to give away the surprise. But, they alone are worth the small price of the ticket.

All three “Alices” and the entire ensemble of kids did a great job. It was easy to see that they too were caught up in the ‘wonder' of the world they had entered. Some standout performances included identical twins Emily and Charlotte Payne showing both acting and vocal skills in their comical portrayal of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum; Avery Smith for the physical skill required to bring Tall Alice to life; Mathew Cameron's smooth characterization of Caterpillar; and Lainey Shyven for her excellent singing and ‘mean' portrayal of the Queen of Hearts.

Kristen Gamache's choreography, particularly in the Caterpillar break dance and “The Supremes” style flower dance, shone alongside the work of musical director Noni Campbell, and directors Alison Port and Andrew James. It was a smooth operation as always from the crew on lights, sound, and backstage, including Justin Da Silva, Brody Ireton, Even Harley, Caitlyn Da Silva, Brianne Ellis, and Mackenzie Acker.

In “Wonderland,” Alice meets many new and unusual characters and often asks the question – who are you? In the end, this central question is directed back to Alice: “Who are you?” The little girl answers, “I am Alice” and it is this simple answer that guides her home. It is a question all children must find the answer to as they grow up and are influenced by the sometimes crazy world around them; a “to thine own self be true” moment that carries them, one way or another, into adulthood.

Alice in Wonderland presents a worthy message and is time well spent in the theatre. Tickets for the LP Stage Production show range from $12 to $18 and are available online at www.eventbrite.com or at the box office 519-925-2600, as well as at the door of Grace Tipling Hall: May 18th and 19th at 8pm and May 19th and 20th at 2pm.
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