(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Get ready for a (tea) party as Woodland Theatre presents “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”…
Kettle Falls is going a bit “mad” as the famous Woodland Theatre is presenting Alice in Wonderland Jr. this weekend and the next. Directed by Linette Ritchey, who is also an elementary school music teacher, the production is just the second time that the Woodland Theatre has been able to put on a summer show.
“They did not have AC before last year,” Woodland Theatre and production publicist Pam Floener said. “Last year Linette did the Lion King and it was a big hit so she went at it again.”
Ritchey has been very involved in grant writing and several improvements have been made to the Woodland Theatre recently.
The Woodland Theatre was built in 1940 as a movie theater, and later modified into a combined Volkswagen dealership and motion picture theatre. In the mid-1970’s, a local group of fine artists acquired the building and renamed it the Old Mission Art Gallery. It was used as a community events center for arts, crafts, teaching, sales and exhibition before becoming a theatre.
The addition of air conditioning will allow 50 kids this summer to perform the Disney classic and bring the people in Stevens County to a different world.
Since it is Wonderland, the set had to be very complex. Shawn Tabloff designed the set and it had to have very complex with entrances and exits for actors to appear and disappear. Nicole Stewart focused on the art design, and anyone who has seen the Disney movie knows how unique Wonderland can look.
“The kids are very involved in every piece of the production,” Ritchey said. “So why there are adults working on the production the kids help with the set, makeup, costumes, lighting and really get the full theatre experience.”
Don’t expect a “kiddie play” however as the kids have come together for a high caliber production. They began rehearsals in June and have been hard at it ever since.
“I’m absolutely amazed with what this team was about to do and what those kids are able to do,” said Floener.
Alice, for example, needs to be three different actors since in Wonderland she changes sizes. The youngest playing Alice is six years old and will have people falling out of their chair laughing.
Alice in Wonderland opens tonight at 6:30 p.m. It will also play on July 19 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. On July 14, 15, 21 and 22, showtime will be at 2 p.m.
For adults, tickets are $13, and for seniors or children, tickets are $10 – with children three and under getting in for free. A family pack of $35 will get two adults and two children in for $35.
Tickets are available by phone at 680-5785 or can be picked up at The Handmaiden and RE Lee in Colville along with Meyers Falls Market is Kettle Falls and Akers United Drug in Chewelah.