Cotton Rose School of Dance
at the Averitt presents:
Alice in Wonderland
The first half of the show is filled with Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern and Lyrical dances. The music fits our Alice in Wonderland theme. After a 10-15 min Intermission, our second half of the show is our Alice in Wonderland Ballet.
Alice grows bored listening to her older sister read aloud from a history book. Alice's sister scolds her, gently but firmly, for her lack of attention. At that moment, Alice dreams of living in a world of nonsense. Just then, Alice sees a White Rabbit wearing a waistcoat and carrying a large pocket watch. The Rabbit exclaims that he is late and he jumps down a rabbit hole. Curious Alice follows the Rabbit and falls down into the deep rabbit hole.
At the bottom, she follows the Rabbit into a large room, but he escapes through a tiny door. The Doorman suggests Alice drink from a bottle marked "Drink me." The contents shrink her to a tiny fraction of her original size. Then maybe she too could fit through the door. But Alice doesn’t like being so tiny. The Doorman gives her a cookie marked "Eat me." The cookie makes her grow back to her normal size. The Doorman, growing tired of Alice’s questions leaves Alice behind. She begins to cry; she cries so much that she cries an ocean of tears.
Onshore, a Dodo bird leads a group of ocean animals in a futile caucus race to get dry. Alice meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two silly twin sisters who recite poems including "The Story of the Curious Oysters." After sneaking away, Alice stumbles upon a garden of talking flowers.
Continuing her journey through Wonderland, Alice meets a caterpillar, and he gets upset when Alice sits on his mushroom. He turns into a butterfly and leaves Alice behind without any direction on which way to go.
Confused, Alice meets the Cheshire Cat and receives mysterious directions, that lead her to the garden of the March Hare who is celebrating his "unbirthday" with the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and dancing teacups. Alice, growing tired of their wackiness, decides to go home. She finds herself lost among the strange Owls of the Tulgey Wood. The Cheshire Cat reappears and shows her a shortcut out of the forest and into the garden of the Queen of Hearts.
Alice meets some playing cards painting white roses red. The White Rabbit announces the arrival of the Queen of Hearts. The Queen invites Alice to watch and enjoy her dancing flamingo. The Flamingo sees an opportunity to get back at the Queen. She trips the Queen, and Alice gets the blame placed on her. At the Queen's command, "Off with her head!", the Cheshire Cat appears and causes enough distraction to allow Alice to run away. All the crazy inhabitants of Wonderland give chase.
Alice awakens in a field of flowers and realizes Wonderland was all a dream.
Sponsored By: Jim and Betsy Nichols