Alice in wonderland at ACS this weekend

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By John Bernhardt
Make it a point to get to Andes this weekend and follow Alice down the rabbit hole into one fun, funky, fantasy-filled adventure after another as students of the ACS Drama Club stage “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Show time is 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.

If you would like to include a dinner theater experience as part of your weekend plans, the opening night show is a perfect choice. The ACS PTSA is holding a scrumptious, home cooked baked ziti and meatball dinner from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. before the Friday show. The cost of the dinner is by donation.

“Alice in Wonderland Jr.” is part of the Musical International Theater’s Broadway Junior Collection, shows specifically tailored to the needs of young performers and the resources generally available to most educators and schools. Ed Sanford, Eloise Harris, and Lisa Valkavich have teamed to stage a fast-paced, high-energy production packed with music, mystery, magic, and madcap mayhem.

Montana Damone, a seventh-grader, stars in her first lead role as Alice, a typically confused adolescent attempting to find her identity. Is she too short? Is she too tall? Is she pretty enough? After taking size-altering potions, Damone gets help finding answers from Winnie Richards-Consigny who plays small Alice and Tristan Tait playing Tall Alice.

Broadway Junior shows are music packed and Alice viewers are sure to enjoy several classic Disney favorites such as “I’m Late,” “The Unbirthday Song,” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doh-Dah.”