The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Inc. will present “Alice in Wonderland” for their 22nd annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Wicomico High School Auditorium in Salisbury, Maryland.
A timeless classic, “Alice in Wonderland” has become a favorite for adults and children of all ages. The story follows the adventures of a young girl named Alice, who spots an elegantly dressed white rabbit carrying a pocket watch and muttering about being late. She follows him down a rabbit hole into a magical wonderland. When she enters the unknown world, she finds a table with a tiny gold key, a small door and a bottle of potion with an attached note that says “Drink me.”
Noticing that she is far too large to go through the door, she drinks the whole bottle and soon begins to shrink small enough to fit, but she realizes that she has left the tiny gold key to the door on the high table. She finds a piece of cake labeled “Eat me”, and when she does, she soon begins to grow tall enough to reach the key. Now, she is too big to fit through the door, and she begins to cry. The white rabbit that she followed into the magical world appears once again, still concerned about being late. Alice decides to ask the rabbit for help, but when she speaks to him, he is so startled that he drops his gloves and fan and runs away. When she picks up the gloves and fan, she once again begins to shrink. Alice starts to cry again, and her giant tears form a pool at her feet. As she shrinks she falls into the pool of tears, which becomes a sea, and as she treads water, she meets many interesting, yet strange animals, who grant her some wisdom about what has been happening in her life.
Alice wanders off into the forest, where she meets a Caterpillar sitting on a mushroom and smoking a water pipe. The Caterpillar and Alice get into an argument and the Caterpillar crawls away in disgust. She then comes across a grinning Cheshire Cat who explains to Alice that everyone in Wonderland is mad, including Alice. The Cheshire Cat gives directions to the March Hare’s house and fades away to nothing but a floating grin.
Alice travels to the March Hare’s house to find the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse having tea together. Treated rudely by all three, Alice stands by the tea party, uninvited. She learns that they are trapped in a perpetual tea-time and, after a final discourtesy, leaves and journeys through the forest until she finds herself in a rose garden.
After saving several gardeners from the temper of the Queen of Hearts, Alice joins the Queen in a strange game of croquet where the mallets and balls are live flamingos and hedgehogs, and the Queen tears about, frantically calling for the other players to be beheaded. During one of the demanding Queen’s trials, Alice upsets her and is ordered to be executed also. At this point, Alice begins to run away, and then wakes up to discover that it was all just a dream.
Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for students and seniors, or $50.00 for a family of 4. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 443-358-2300, or purchased at Dance Wear Etc, in the Court Plaza, 1506 S. Salisbury Blvd in Salisbury, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council office, 104A Poplar Hill Ave in downtown Salisbury, or Bank of Delmarva locations.