Young actors set for adventures in Wonderland

The Lighthouse Festival Theatre Young Company will be presenting Alice in Wonderland Aug. 14 to 17. Maggie Baker (Alice) and Dara Robinson (Cheshire Cat) have been rehearsing with the rest of the cast at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Port Dover. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record

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Alice will be taking her journey through the rabbit hole into Port Dover’s Lighthouse Festival Theatre.

The Young Company production of Alice in Wonderland is currently in rehearsals to prepare for the four-day production, Aug. 14 to 17.

The group of local actors range in age from 11 to 17.

Marcus Lundgren is directing the show, marking his 18th season with the Young Company.

Lundgren said that, during his first few years with the company, they had to work with what they had access to based on the main show that was being produced at the same time.

“If the set for the main show was a kitchen, we’d have to find a way to make Oz or Wonderland appear in the kitchen,” said Lundgren.

This year they have their own week at the theatre, with their own set and costumes.

“It’s really evolved into a big production.”

Dara Robinson, 16, and 13-year-old Maggie Baker are both participating in their third year at the Young Company.

Robinson, playing Cheshire Cat, is excited to be back on the stage.

“I just like being on stage because it helps me forget about problems or anxieties,” said Robinson. “I don’t have to worry about me. It’s more about what the character is doing right now.”

The young actors had praise for their director.

“I think that all of Marcus’s shows are professional,” said Baker, playing Alice. “When I used to see them I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I need to do that some day.’”

Auditions for the show were held in May. Everyone showed up to the first day of rehearsals in July not knowing what part they will be playing.

“We lost a lot of hours of sleep over it,” Robinson joked.

Baker added that she was up until midnight before the first day.

The first day of rehearsals saw everyone trying different parts.

“It’s a lot of fun to see the energy that these actors bring to the show,” said the director. “They work just as hard as professionals in rehearsals, learning their lines, learning their blocking. They know the story they’re telling is going to be welcomed by families.”

“I think it’s a really captivating show,” said Baker. “It really grasps people’s attention.”

Ticket information and show times are available on the Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s website.

 

 

 

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