How can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you are still writing the song?
Everyone’s search for one’s authentic self is at the heart of Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, a free outdoor show presented by Metropolitan Performing Arts. Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization is brought to life by a cast of youth actors between the ages of 8-22 and professional live musicians.
Together they create an eclectic, live rock soundtrack as Alice searches for her own inner musical voice. Along the way, Alice faces challenges and fears, but she meets the ultimate test in the form of the Jabberwocky, an insidious monster made up of the dark thoughts and self-doubt that lurks inside us all. In learning to believe in the impossible, Alice learns to believe in herself. Throughout her journey, the actors surround Alice in a live musical tapestry ranging from classic rock to punk to ska and even a little bit of Bollywood. Rock concert meets live theatre as Alice reflects the vulnerabilities of all kids and then confidently finds her own inner voice.
Performances are one weekend only, outside on the field behind Metropolitan Performing Arts. Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair, no seating is provided. Limited tents for shade will be set up and reserved for elderly audience members. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The show is free with a suggested donation of $5, but no one will be turned away. Free parking and restrooms on sight. The show is approximately 80 minutes long.
This production is a culmination of a 3-week intermediate/advanced summer musical theater intensive. The show is directed by Paul Angelo with music direction by Darcy Schmitt and choreography by Jeanna Reed.
Metropolitan Performing Arts is located at 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, (park in the Park Hill Shopping Center parking lot and walk to the backside of the building)
Show times are:
Friday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 24th at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 25th at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm
For more information, visit Metropolitan Performing Arts online.