Madcap adventures on tap in Blaine High School’s ‘Alice’

Need a respite from all things Halloween?

Quentina Dunbar, top to bottom, Christine Menge and Meckenna Woetzel play a caterpillar in Blaine High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Photo submitted

Quentina Dunbar, top to bottom, Christine Menge and Meckenna Woetzel play a caterpillar in Blaine High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Photo submitted

Then head to Blaine High School where music and drama students are staging the musical “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

“It is 90 minutes of fun that helps us to escape everyday pressures and stress to a make-believe world where anything is possible,” said Blaine’s theater director Cynthia Hess.

Join Alice in her madcap adventures, where she meets up with wacky characters the likes of White Rabbit, Dodo Bird, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Cheshire cats (three of them) and of course the tyrannical Queen of Hearts.

The dialogue and music have been updated, but expect to hear such classics as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and the perennial upbeat “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

The show is based on the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” and Lewis Carroll’s novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

Music and lyrics are by Sammy Fain, Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace, Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert, Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston. The music for this production is adapted and arranged with additional music and lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. The book is adapted by David Simpatico, who wrote additional song lyrics.

Set first at a playground and then in Wonderland in what could be any time period, the show speaks to all ages.

Blaine High School presents Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Adults $10, students and seniors $8. Children 10 and under, $6. Reserve tickets at www.seatyourself.biz/blainehs. BHS is at 12555 University Ave. N.E. For more information, call 763-506-6666.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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