Alice in Wonderland

June 2015

Alice in Wonderland

We performed Alice in Wonderland in June 2015.

Pam Leach, the Director wrote in the programme for Alice in Wonderland:

It is 150 years since Lewis Carroll first published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and it is still a well loved and popular story today as it was back in 1865. When it was first published, the entire first print run sold out very quickly, with Queen Victoria being one of the early readers. Its appeal lies in the fact that the child is at the centre of the story. We see the world of Wonderland through Alice’s eyes, with its oddities that are quickly accepted by Alice as quite normal, yet we sense her frustration and with it her increasing courage and assertiveness.

It has been an absolute delight to direct this show, our village group really does pull together, not just on the stage but in the numerous preparations to bring any large and complex production to life. It is the combined result of many creative and inspiring members. It is great to welcome some new actors amongst the children, and to see Performance Drama School contributing to the show, who are led by the talented Sue Hughes. I must also mention The Alice Band, our small but very effective group of musicians who are new to the group.

A representative from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) watched the show and wrote this review:

Burley Theatre Group chose to replace their annual pantomime with the popular children’s story of Alice in Wonderland. They had assembled a very strong cast of both young and older experienced members and the result was an amusing and well told story.

The part of Alice (Brooke Shipley) was very well portrayed. She played the part of a little girl with great skill and really brought the script to life. She was well supported by her fellow actors as they took us through this strange story of adventures down a rabbit hole.

There was some delightful dancing from The Performance Drama School and the girls really seemed to be enjoying themselves. They were accompanied in some of the numbers by The Alice Band, a trio of talented society members who played some original music written by Fay Leach.

The costumes were bright and colourful and specialist make-up was well done. The sets were simple and greatly enhanced by excellent furniture and props.

It still had a pantomime feel to it as we all joined in to sing ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ and we had more audience participation much to the enjoyment of the children in the audience.

A well directed production that flowed smoothly and certainly kept us well entertained.