Children's Ballet Theatre Presents Alice in Wonderland

CREATED Mar 17, 2014

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The Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan presents Alice in Wonderland coming May 2014! Performances will take place at Holt High School Auditorium Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m., followed by a matinee Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. 

CBT has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. This will be the first time that the company performs Alice in Wonderland, and the very first time that they will encourage audience members to participate during the show. 

"Usually the shows remain on stage, but this time there will be creatures and objects coming out into the audience. Additionally, audience members will be encouraged to participate during the croquet match scene between the queen and the duchess. It should be a lot of fun and we want to make the audience feel like they are a part of the show, which will make the performance that much more exciting!" Cindy Kangas, CBT Marketing Volunteer, parent. 

Other special effects to add to this fun and quirky show, include glowing bug eyes and a projection screen that takes Alice on her journey into wonderland. Alice and her friends will participate in a character Meet and Greet after each show.

“We encourage families to experience the magic and mystery that is Alice in Wonderland. The story inspires so much joy and excitement!” states Artistic Director Gregory George.

Over fifty-five company members make up the cast of cards, fish, mermaids, seahorses, snakes, crickets, butterflies, lilies, and trees. Traditional characters include the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, and March Hare. Alice in Wonderland will be played by Brianna Renfrew. The Mad Hatter is played by Lena Shuptar and Aiden Foster-Fishman is the White Rabbit. Guest dancers include six young ladies from Children’s Miracle Network, three students from Grand Valley University, and one from Alma College. Three graduating seniors celebrate this as their final show: Nicole Burnett, Tory Coykendall and Victoria Hay.

"Rehearsals began in January, and the dancers have been practicing since then. They go to school Monday through Friday, attend their home studios after school, and then spend Saturday and Sunday all day rehearsing with the CBT company. They are a very dedicated bunch," says Kangas. 

CBT is a premiere audition based company comprised of dancers ages 8-18 who reside in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Shiawassee and other outlying Counties. The company also performs The Nutcracker Ballet at the Michigan State University Wharton Center for Performing Arts every Thanksgiving weekend.

CBT is a unique company because it is parent-based. 

Kangas notes, "Everything is run by parents. From painting the sets to sewing the costumes, the parents are extremely hands-on and involved. When opening night rolls around, we [the parents] are equally as excited as the girls because we have poured so much of our time and hearts into the show as well."

Tickets for the show are available at CBTDance.org beginning March 18th.

For more information about CBT and how you can audition or get involved visit CBTDance.org.