'Dorothy Meets Alice' this weekend in Scottdale
Two fairy-tale heroines will come together in a new children's tale when the Geyer Performing Arts Center Education Department presents “Dorothy Meets Alice: The Wizard of Wonderland” this weekend.
This unique story tells of the meeting of two of literature's most famous young heroines, Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” and Alice of “Alice in Wonderland.”
The story unfolds when a young girl puts off a book report until the last minute, then suddenly finds herself in a strange place somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. She must then unscramble the stories and steer the characters to their proper destinations, all while avoiding the villainess Wicked Witch and the Red Queen.
Desiree Marietta, 20, of Connellsville, who graduates from Westmoreland Community College this month with a degree in early childhood education, plays the Red Queen.
“I really like the uniqueness of the show. I've never seen them put two shows together like this and it come out so well,” Marietta said.
Marietta is the oldest of the 23 actors in the cast.
Kat Post, education department director and the show's producer, said most of the young actors in the cast are home-school or cyber-school students.
Abigail Opst, 17, of Mt. Pleasant is a home-school student who will portray Alice. Opst recently performed in the ensemble for Stage Right's April production of “Snow White.” She said what she likes best about performing is being with the other young actors.
“When you work together so closely you get to be like a family,” Opst said.
This show will be the first time Michelle McCalmont, 11, of Donegal will be in a theatrical production.
“I like being a real character, having lines and I dance, too. It's really a great opportunity to be part of this,” McCalmont said.
Mandy Onder, director and education department manager, said there are three public performances scheduled this weekend: Two on Saturday, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and one on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door.
On Saturday there is also “A Wizard of Wonderland Carnival” planned between the two shows.
“For an additional $6, your child can have lunch and play fun games throughout the theater. There will be face-painting, crafts, games, prizes and tons of theater fun,” Onder said.
The show also will be performed several times for area schools.
Post said for the first time the annual performance, which is geared towards school-age children, will go on the road and be performed in schools in Uniontown and in and around Pittsburgh.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.
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