Alice in Wonderland comes to Sutton
Four young actors playing the Alice in different performances - Chrissy Armitage, Freya Clarke, Vicky Hillman and Nina Ridge.
Follow a white rabbit down a hole and meet a Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, writes Sophia Sleigh.
After their award winning production of Twelfth Night, Croft Drama Group is presenting Lewis Carroll’s classic story – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Charles Cryer in July.
Over 100 members of the Carshalton based group have been rehearsing since January, with four young actors playing the heroine in different performances - Chrissy Armitage, Freya Clarke, Vicky Hillman and Nina Ridge.
The director, Anne Page, from Carshalton, says it is a traditional production with music by a local composer.
She says: "They have all been working very hard – I’m very proud of them.
"We have four different casts and the youngest children are six-year-old twins.
"The oldest ones are 18 and this is their last show.
"It’s almost ready now which is brilliant."
She says the older actors devised a companion piece called Malice in Underground and she says: "It’s a piece of absurd drama, it’s deliberately ambiguous."
The abstract short play will explore the theme of 'better the devil you know’.
Both are directed by Page, who recently directed the sell-out run of The 39 Steps at the Miller Centre Theatre in Caterham.
There are four different casts and because they have so many members they have four of each character apart from Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
Experience a whole host of whacky characters, a crazy picnic and witness the trial of the knave who allegedly stole the tarts.
The spectacular costumes will be provided by the Carshalton Pantomime Company wardrobe.
This show is the group’s 20th annual performance to raise at least £1,500 to continue to sponsor Smokey Joe, a pony at the Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Malice in Underground, Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, 39 High Street, Carshalton, 6-9 July, 7.30pm, £9/7concs, 020 8770 6990, visit suttontheatres.co.uk.
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