Alice in Pantoland hitting the stage

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Sherry Bishop likes to take on the occasional evil role. She’ll be playing the Red Queen in Alice in Pantoland. - File 

By Wendy Elliott


Kings County residents can come down the rabbit hole to Wonderland this week with the Fezziwig cast, but beware the Red Queen is on the march.

Everyone’s favourite fairytale characters and a host of characters invented by Lewis Carroll will come to life on stage at the Festival Theatre Dec. 12–14.

The Fezziwig Society began its community Christmas tradition with a variety show frolic in 1995, when the theatre was a brand new facility created to enrich the community.

Over the last 19 years, the Fezziwig gang have tackled a fresh script every year to stage family-oriented productions, introducing many thespians, young and old, to the stage and backstage.

Producer Pat Salmon says the cast has learned the joys of making theatre and entertaining an audience.

The pantomime tradition may be borrowed from elsewhere, Salmon says, but the Fezziwig Society has made it their own.

“Audiences love to join in with the fun, thanks to the delightfully silly scripts created for us by Jeremy Webb, jack-of-all-trades theatrical,” Salmon said.

Ever wonder what happened in Wonderland after Alice left? Salmon says this year’s production is a sequel to the familiar Alice story, but Alice is joined by Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan and not one, but two, Fairy Godmothers.

She promises lots of song, dance and comedy mayhem, with music ranging from Lorde and the Spice Girls to Lennon and McCartney and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Playing the evil Red Queen this year, Sherry Bishop is looking forward to playing together with other actors “to bring characters to life. We ask for help from each other and offer ideas for each other to try. We laugh a lot at our rehearsal mistakes and we share the excitement when someone creates a moment that really works.”

Other cast members include Ray Baltzer, Thea Burton, Wil Lang, Alan Slipp, Tim MacFarland and there is a cameo performance by Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell.

Show dates are Dec. 12-14, 7 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 14.

Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adult seats, available at Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.

Organizations: Fezziwig Society, Festival Theatre, Spice Girls

Geographic location: Wonderland, Kings, Wolfville Lennon

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