MINDEN — Things are getting “curiouser and curiouser” at the Minden Opera House as a youthful cast prepares to put Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on the stage for audiences this weekend and next.
About 35 cast members have been working since early June to prepare the musical, which is being presented by the Minden Community Players. Erin Reid is the stage director, Asa Sinachack the music director, Whitney Kreutzer the choreographer, and Liz Burki the producer for the show.
Show dates are this Aug. 11-13 and Aug. 18-20.
Reid, who is well-known to area families for her business, Minden’s Just Dance Studio, has choreographed several past stage productions but is making her debut as a director. She is overseeing a cast that includes just four adults and many young people who are making their first appearance on stage.
“We have (kids) as young as 7 up to adults,” Reid said. “We had tryouts in May and started the first week of June with rehearsals.”
The musical stage play is an adaptation of the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the classic fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll, that was created for school and community theater productions.
The show runs about 90 minutes in length and includes an intermission. It details the adventures of Alice, a young girl who follows a loquacious rabbit down a hole and ends up in a parallel reality.
Music for the production was adapted by Bryan Louiselle, and the script was adapted by David Simpatico. Music Theatre International owns rights to the show.
Reid said she was attracted to “Alice” by the music, which audiences will find familiar but with its own twists, and by the quality of the accompaniment CD that will support the singers on stage.
Using pre-recorded accompaniment rather than live instrumentation is a change from usual MCP practice, she…