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Nelson Waldorf to perform Alice in Wonderland at Capitol Theatre

The show by Grade 8 students runs May 10
Nelson Waldorf School presents Alice in Wonderland, May 10 at The Capitol Theatre. Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Nelson Waldorf School

The Grade 8 students at the Nelson Waldorf School have been busy in the last months preparing a unique production of Alice in Wonderland, to be performed at the Capitol Theatre on May 10.

This creative adaptation by Anne Coulter Martens is an engaging, family friendly show, full of whimsy, ridiculousness and otherworldly characters — including a giant Cheshire Cat operated by five students. Rounding out the cast is the participation of the Grade 5 class in a range of supporting roles.

The experience of putting on a production of this calibre has been a great opportunity for the students to not only develop their visual arts and performance skills, but to also contribute to the Nelson community’s vibrant live entertainment scene. It has taken many community members to make the show happen — set builders, painters, video artists, musicians, and more.

The show is directed by Grade 8 teacher, Phil Fertey, who has years of theatre production experience, and features original music by Vanya Popov, who will be accompanying live.

Thanks to an ArtStarts grant from the British Columbia Arts Council, local artist Myra Rasmussen has been guiding the students in the painting of the set, and designing of costumes and props. In addition to the giant Cheshire Cat, the show features elaborate costumes, student-designed digital art projections, and videography by emerging filmmaker and Selkirk graduate, Tatyanna Ostrikoff.

Special thanks to Home Hardware and the Nelson and District Credit Union for their donations of materials and funds to make the set.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and $48 for a family of four. They are available at the Capitol box office.