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Auditions for Fine Arts Centers youth production of Alice in Wonderland
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Auditions for Alice in Wonderland, a collaboration with the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and Columbia Children’s Theatre, will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium at the FAC.

Alice in Wonderland will be directed by Jerry Stevenson, artistic director of the Columbia Children’s Theatre. Children from first through eighth grades are encouraged to come and participate. There is no audition fee.

The Community Youth Productions are usually popular and entertaining events for everyone involved. This classic tale of Alice in Wonderland is expected to delight audience members of all age groups.

Very loosely based on Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale, this adaptation by Stevenson stays faithful to Carroll's beloved characters, but puts them in a delightfully modern, hip and possibly hilarious context.

Combining plot and characters from both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, this tongue-in-cheek retelling has all the favorites -- such as The White Rabbit, The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts and all the rest. Don't be surprised if a pop culture icon or two shows up as well. Did someone say Tweedle Dum and Dumber?

Stevenson said, "Auditions will be ‘pain-free,’ just saying a line or two from the show, maybe a couple of different ways. We always look for volume first, so it's always better to be loud than right!"

There is no need to prepare a special audition piece. Children will be asked to read small pieces from the script and will be given special directions by the director to show their ability to listen and understand directions.

Rehearsals will begin February 18, with performances March 13-16. The performances are sponsored by Modern Turf.

For more information, please call the FAC at 425-7676, or visit the FAC web site at The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton St., in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The FAC 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.