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Don't be late! 'Alice in Wonderland' to hit OHS stage



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You don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to visit the nonsensical Wonderland. Let Oxford’s talented student thespians take you there this week. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)
November 16, 2011 - A rabbit that talks, tea parties that never end, an invisible grinning cat and a deck of living playing cards with bad attitudes.

It sounds like a bad acid trip from the 1960s, but it's actually a Western classic and it's going to be presented later this week by the Oxford High School Theater Company.

The school's talented actors and actresses are inviting the public to join them as they bring "Alice in Wonderland" to life on the stage of the OHS Fine Arts Center.

Based on the 1865 novel by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (who wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll), the play follows the adventures of a girl named Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantasy world inhabited by strange, anthropomorphic creatures. This "Wonderland" is a place where nonsense, not logic, rules.

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"This is the largest cast I've ever worked with," noted OHS teacher and co-director Deb Brown. "Between cast, crew and elementary cast, we've got 100 students."

Showtimes are Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $6 for adults. Students, children and senior citzens are free.

The last time OHS performed "Alice in Wonderland" was six years ago. Brown decided to do it again because this is her last year sponsoring the Theater Company.

"It's kind of been tradition to pick your favorite (show) and do it again as your last one," Brown explained. "I had so much fun doing it the first time and it does let you work with a lot more students. It being my last year I wanted to work with as many kids as I could."

Tickets for "Alice in Wonderland" can be obtained at the door prior to the show or in advance by calling (248) 969-5100 and dialing extension 4175 for Brown or 4119 for her co-director Katie Blaszczyk.

"Just come and have good time," Brown said. "There's definitely a lot of energy and a lot of kids. They've put a lot of time and work into it. We're really proud of them. We're excited to see what's going to happen."

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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