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‘Alice in Wonderland’ tumbles onto the FAC stage

Posted: February 22, 2011 4:22 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.

It’s a little bit Alice and a little bit Through the Looking Glass!  Join us at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) as they welcome the Midlands’ only professional theater for families and young audiences­ -- Columbia Children’s Theatre (CCT) -- for their production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The show is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $7 per person. This performance is sponsored by Modern Turf.

Penned by Bill Francoeur and James Devita, this wacky re-telling of the two classic books unfolds as The Mad Hatter tries to convince the audience to have tea even though he’s not actually in the show!  With musical styles ranging from hip-hop to country, this is an upbeat, coming-of-age story that audiences of all ages will adore.  You’ll meet dozens of new characters such as a gospel group called The Responsibilities, a train conductor, star-struck tourists, mop wielding knights and much more.

Showcasing CCT’s largest cast ever, “Alice in Wonderland” features Lee O. Smith (Frosty, The Mouse King and countless others); Jane Brutto (Cinderella, School House Rock); Daniel Morales (Cinderella); Rozlyn Stanley (Go, Dog. Go!, Pinocchio, Aladdin); Nicola Scola (A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas); and Rachel Cooper (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Cinderella). CCT newcomers include Catherine Curl as Alice, Sean Stephens as the White Knight, Kanika Moore as the Red Queen, Mario McClean as the White King, and Evelyn Clary as Tweedle Dum.

CCT Artistic Director Jerry Stevenson directs the production and says, “This show is probably the most fun, all around production that we’ve ever done.  It’s pastiche, meaning there are lots of different musical styles stitched together.” 
For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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