Little Tomato Children’s Theatre Company put on a fantastic production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. with several children showcasing their spectacular vocals. The performances took place at Migration Community Hall in Kingsville this past weekend (May 3 to 5).
A special preview show took place on Thursday (May 2) in front of a small intimate audience of about 120 to 150 people. The majority, were from Agustuana Saltre School in Columbia, visiting the area for four weeks as part of a program with Académie Ste-Cécile. Mrs. Clough, originally from the Domenican Republic and now residing in Canada for the past nine years is Ste-Cécile’s Ambassador for the students. She said in total 85 students and 8 teachers from Columbia were in attendance. Jenny Charry, an English teacher from Columbia’s Augustino Salte School said the children and teachers really enjoyed the performance and were thrilled to take a group photo with the cast after the show.
Director Stephanie Allen Santos says this production of Alice In Wonderland Jr. is unique, “giving a few kids a chance to really shine with their vocals.”
The role of Alice is played by Grace Sonoski and Morgan DeYong, who alternated the lead throughout performances over the weekend. Sonoski was the lead for the preview show. “We’re doing a mirror reflection scene, so it really came in handy because they do that dance together. Grace Sonoski is a grade 5 student at St. Michel in Leamington, and Morgan DeYong is our other Alice, she is a grade 6 student at Saint John De Brebeuf. Morgan was the reflection tonight, they switch off, they’ve learned the same choreography, when they’re not (the lead) Alice they’re kept busy as part of our dance team.”
Dance choreographer Becca Silvius is, as Stephanie says, “choreographer extraordinaire and floor painter, I said I would like a checker floor and it would be cool to put it into a swirl, and she got all mathematical and created it.” Part of the set, the psychedelic black and white checker spiraling floor was a nice touch to this productions colourful design.
In addition, the combination of bright beautiful costumes, wonderful singing, dazzling dance choreography, great lighting, and a cast of talented future stars made this production an adorable piece of entertainment to watch.
Little Tomato Children’s Theatre Company is a non-profit children’s theatre company based in Leamington, Ontario, showcasing theatre for children by children.
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