COLDWATER – A talking rabbit, the Red Queen and a Mad Hatter will all bring a magical world to life July 21-22 and 28-29 when Tibbits Popcorn Theatre presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll and adapted for the stage by Deborah Frockt, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” starts as a very ordinary and rather boring day for Alice until she spots a White Rabbit with a pocket watch whizzing through a world that’s beyond imagination! Her insatiable curiosity draws her into a madcap adventure in which she meets remarkable characters like the Caterpillar, Talking Flowers, a Duchess and her Cook, a Gryphon and Mock Turtle, a Mad Hatter and a March Hare. When Alice finally catches up with the White Rabbit in the Queen’s Court, she’s in for her biggest adventure of all.
Director Brenda Sparks said “One of the attractions of this show is the very physical and visual storytelling with projections and vibrant lively music that is sure to entertain and thrill every age group – It’s a fun director’s concept that takes the audience from Lewis Carroll’s classic Victorian tale to a Steampunk wonderland.”
Making up the professional cast of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is Rachel Schoenecker, Dominic Green, Tyler Evans, Carlie Jones, Annie Ross, and Aaron Bell. Assistant director for the production is Stephanie Burdick. Production staff features scenic design by Jaye Beetem, projection design by Lexa Walker, light design by Trey Ewart, costume design by Tristian Laney, sound design by Luis Guzman Galdos, and properties by Liz Reaves, who also serves as stage manager. Musical selections are by Thorin Byrd.
Popcorn Theatre is generously sponsored by Judy Bushouse, Jon and Seibra Herbener along with additional support from Asama Coldwater Manufacturing, Dr. Matthew Christopher DDS, PC, Coldwater Exchange Club, Coldwater & Hillsdale Orthodontics, Longstreet Living, and Vested Risk Strategies. Tibbits also receives grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Michigan Arts and Culture Council.
Following “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Popcorn Theatre will close with the animated film, Disney’s “Encanto.” All Tibbits Popcorn Theatre presentations are Fridays and Saturdays at 10am and run through August 5. Tickets are $10 and include popcorn and juice at intermission. Popcorn is donated by Ed Lake, with juice donated by McDonalds: The Maynard Organization.
Seating is reserved and patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Tickets are available at Tibbits.org, by calling 517-278-6029, or in-person at the Tibbits Box Office inside the theatre at 14 S. Hanchett St or at the Tibbits Admin Office at 93 W. Chicago in Coldwater. All performances will take place at Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St., Coldwater, MI. Group rates are available.