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Columbia Elementary’s drama club presents Alice in Wonderland

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The Columbia Elementary School Drama Club is putting on a show you will not want to miss. A cast of 44 students under the direction of volunteer director Terrena Mann will present Alice in Wonderland this week.

This show is based on the 1951 Disney film, “Alice In Wonderland” and the novels “The adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.

“The characters are recognizable, but some of the songs will not be, which will make the show fresh to the audiences,” Mann said. “This version also includes the song, “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”, which is originally from Disney’s Song of South.”

The show dates are Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m; these shows are free to everyone.  The Drama Club has added two fundraiser shows this year, Feb. 9th, at 2:30 and 6 pm. All tickets for the fundraiser shows are $5.

In order to be sure of admittance to any of these shows, patrons can go to showtix4u.com to reserve and buy tickets; but they will also be available at the door.

The performances will be at Columbia Elementary school, 667 Balch Road, Madison. Those attending are being asked to enter through the back doors of the building.

Besides the drama students, there will be a chorus of 77 students.

The principle characters are Alice, played by Avery Middleton (understudy Kaija Sorensen);  Melisa Shaffer, Avery Williams, and Nichole Harting are a trio that make-up the Cheshire Cat; Matthew Dennison as the White Rabbit, Adrian Martinez is the Dodo Bird, Anna Kate Massengale and Abbi Dempsey as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum; Gavin Newberry, with Carly Parker, Brian Whittemore, Alexander Underwood and DJ Adcock, as the Caterpillar; Hope Elizabeth Heffernan as the Mad Hatter; Marissa Robertson and Brennan Bush as The King and Queen of Hearts.

“The past couple of weeks have proved to bring out a sense of pride in the upcoming show as parents and volunteers have given so much time and attention to the sets and props,” Mann said. “With a couple of good rehearsals under our belt, the cast has really come together as a team.  I am overwhelmed by how much all of the students have grown since we started in September. They have learned to think fast and creatively, and are great at handling anything that is thrown at them. This cast has heart and talent that you just can’t teach.”

For more information, Mann can be contacted at cesdramaclub@gmail.com.  Tickets for all 4 shows are available at showtix4u.com.