A cast of about 50 youngsters, aged between three and 13, proved they were born to be on stage with a hugely enjoyable summer pantomime in Spalding.
Limelight Youth Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland at South Holland Centre starred Avnee Uglow in the title role alongside the usual assortment of varied characters from Lewis Carroll’s popular fairy tale.
But rather than staying faithful to the book, whose official title is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, director Phil Norton instead gave the show a 21st century twist.
This was done by including songs such as Jessie J’s It’s My Party, Wonder by Emeli Sande and Rather Be by Clean Bandit.
Despite this, the basic storyline was the same - bored Alice is listening to her sister (Lois Schofield) telling a story when she sees a White Rabbit (Antigone Wright) disappearing down a rabbit hole.
Alice followed the White Rabbit and finds a world of adventure after helping herself to the contents of a bottle marked DRINK ME and a cake (or in this case marshmallow) marked EAT ME.
Notable characters from the show included Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Aidan Sapsford and Brandon Spridgens), a precocious Cheshire Cat (Diane Chareviaute), a Caterpillar enjoying her few minutes of fame (Scarlett Bergin) and a likeable Mad Hatter (Milly Mason).
Norton said: “Most people already know the story of Alice, so we have taken this well-loved tale and jazzed it up.
“The cast have learned some new skills such as puppetry and gymnastic ribbon twirling which we used to great effect in the show.
Considering the age of the children involved and the demands of holding together a 90-minute show, with the only adults in sight being a guide for the very young chorus, this version of Alice in Wonderland put a lot of similar productions firmly in the shade.
Review by Winston Brown