Yesterday afternoon we joined children from three local primary schools to see the first performance of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ production by the Performing Arts Department of Kings International College in Camberley. The remaining performances this week are for adults. Looking at the Kings website it appears that it’s fully booked.
The headline is from a line in the Jabberwocky poem, which is in Lewis Carroll’s ’Through the Looking Glass’.
The words ambitious, adventurous, and challenging came to my mind when considering a production of Alice in Wonderland. This isn’t an easy story to portray, as it begins going down a rabbit hole, has a mad hatters tea party, and includes a Cheshire cat.
This was a true ensemble production, where each character, including the many non-speaking parts, came together to create an amazing show. What was fascinating was that the production used many of the classrooms in the school. Beginning in one room, as the riverbank, the audience were ushered though a doorway, cleverly designed as a rabbit hole, and on into another room.
A key part of the production was the music and chorus. With some of the music specially composed for the production, it added greatly to the drama. It’s all the more amazing that the performance, staging, music, chorus and costumes were by school children. Well done Kings, is what I say.