Young Nanaimo performers head down rabbit hole

Students in Red Room Studio’s production of Alice in Wonderland ham it up for the camera during dress rehearsal.  - Photo contributed
Students in Red Room Studio’s production of Alice in Wonderland ham it up for the camera during dress rehearsal.
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Take a whimsical ride through a world of colourful characters and dreamy songs in Red Room Studio’s June production of the ever-fantastic Alice in Wonderland.

This classic story features 24 children, age six to 11, from Nanaimo, who have worked hard at rehearsals, learning multiple parts and practising lots of choreography.

Join Alice on a journey down an enchanted rabbit hole, into the topsy-turvy realm of Wonderland, where she meets such legendary creatures as the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Talented youngsters portray Lewis Carroll’s wacky roles, performing famous scenes such as the tea party and game of croquet – but don’t be late for the show, or the Red Queen will shout, “Off with your heads.”

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, and again at 2 p.m. on June 2, at Malaspina Theatre. Tickets $10/advance; $12/door.

Older singers, actors and dancers in Red Room’s theatre program take on the lighthearted musical Hairspray the following night.

Tracy Turnblad, a large girl with some serious pizazz, is the star of this play that features fabulous songs and dances choreographed by Silvia Knapp.

Tracy’s passion for performance gets her a spot on the local TV dance program. She is so keen, and such a quick-study, that she is quickly transformed into a teen celebrity.

Tracy and her friends share a powerful message about having fun and being inclusive, in this play that delves into themes of prejudice and racism.

Tracy successfully vanquishes the TV show’s reigning princess, wins the heart of the super handsome Link Larkin, and racially integrates the program. The cast of 24 teens performs the story of overcoming barriers while celebrating personal success.

Hairspray is set for June 2, 7:30 p.m., and June 3, 2 p.m., at Malaspina Theatre. Tickets $10/advance; $12/door.

For more information, please call 250-753-2323.

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