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Woodridge College in final preparations for Alice through the Looking Glass

Jul 18, 2019
Woodridge College in final preparations for Alice through the Looking Glass

Woodridge College is busy with final preparations for its latest theatrical production called Alice Through the Looking Glass

Thornhill - From 26 to 27 July, Woodridge College will be presenting Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lindsay Price, from the original by Lewis Carroll, in the Woodridge College Hall.

“You can be the White Queen’s Pawn, if you like. You’re in the Second Square to begin with: when you get to the Eighth Square you’ll be a Queen.”

Alice is back in Wonderland and things are more confusing than ever – Flowers talk, the White Queen cries before she pricks her finger, and there’s a life-sized chess game going on. Alice wants to play, but mostly wants to be queen. Will she make it to the eighth square?

The Woodridge College production of Alice Through the Looking Glass follows the critically acclaimed productions of the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six in 2017 and the poignant play Almost, Maine by John Cariani in 2018. Both productions received Woodlands Diary Special Showtime Awards.

Alice Through the Looking Glass, although not as well-known as the popular Alice in Wonderland, has been given a vibrant and movement-based makeover by playwright Lindsay Price.

This adaptation lends itself most favourably to a large and enthusiastic ensemble cast of Woodridge pupils who relish the physical challenges demanded of them by both playwright and director.

Director Caren Bestbier, Head of Dramatic Arts at Woodridge, explained that she wished to tackle a production style that would stand in stark contrast to her two former productions. She felt that her pupils would gain valuable experience and expand their skill set through working as an ensemble and getting to grips with a simple physical theatre approach.

She has been assisted with the choreography by Grade 11 pupil, Sarah Hagedorn-Hansen, an accomplished ballet dancer. The two have worked together to bring Bestbier’s vision to light.

Join us for Alice's fantastical, whirlwind, physical journey through the Looking Glass. Performances are at 7pm on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th, with a matinee performance at 3pm on the 27th. Tickets for the show are available electronically through www.quicket.co.za at the price of R50 for children and R80 for adults. Further queries may be directed to lynne.niemann@woodridge.co.za or caren.bestbier@woodridge.co.za.

Image: Back L to R: Asiphesona Gwana, Yonda Kwezi, Arne von Hagen, Kate Lagan, Kuhle Sqwepu, Giverny Howorth, Jedidiah Botes, Syoma Mumba, Mbako Gaolathe, Sine Mzondo. Middle L to R: Nathi Pamba, Somila Binjana, Luke Erasmus, Lingelihle Gungubele, Jemma Lindstrom. Front L to R: Michelle Nduta, Alulutho Binjana, Lazola Qulu, Olivia Cockcroft, Alexa Epler-Brandenburg, Arabella Erasmus, Rachel Botha

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