HOPEDALE – The Hope Players’ upcoming production of “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” will see many new faces on stage and behind the scenes. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 and at 2 p.m. May 5, at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale.
The musical is based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel, “Through the Looking Glass,” and Disney’s 1951 animated feature. It includes all the familiar songs from movie, including “I’m Late” and “The Un-birthday Song,” as well as “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Disney’s 1946 feature, “Song of the South.” “Alice Jr.” was adapted for the stage by David Sympatico and Bryan Louiselle.
Hope Players executive director Andrew Pelegreen III, who is directing the musical comedy, said that a lot of new, mostly younger actors are participating in the production. Most of the cast members are in elementary, middle or high school, with only four actors in college or in the working world.
Pelegreen said he’s very grateful for the help provided by cast members’ families to the production.
“In addition to getting their children to rehearsals, some parents have come forward and volunteered to help with sets and props, and other parents are willing to find materials for costumes and set decoration, while others help watch the younger children when they’re not on stage,” he explained.
Pictured above left to right, Cassie Bellerive, Dakaota Evans, Nikolas Evans and Christopher Hunt rehearse for the production.
Audience members can save $2 over box office prices by purchasing advance tickets from any cast member or at the Hopedale Village Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 740-937-2208 or 740-937-2629.