There were a few extra roles and Big Ben was asked to step in as a playing card. #5 did great and was so cute up there getting bossed around by the Queen of Hearts, his sister! He didn't much like the make-up, or the make-up removal each night, but he survived.
Twinkle Toes was the Queen of Hearts. She was SO mean!!! Screaming, ranting, demanding all over the stage. It's SUCH a cute musical, as the characters from Oz don't make it back to Kansas, but somehow end up in Wonderland. There they each interact with another character, and those gifts....a heart, courage, and bravery....are put to use. The Queen of Hearts comes up with a brilliant idea to get the Tin Woodsman to chop heads off for her, but you see, he can't. He has a heart now.
Darling Sweet Cheeks was the Cheshire Cat.
She had all kinds of tricks on stage for disappearing!
Twinkle practices ranting during a dress rehearsal. I declare she doesn't behave this way at home!
The lion gets to prove his bravery over and over as he saves and defends Alice, who is falsely accused of stealing the Queen's tarts! It's such a good story!
Sweet Cheeks also played a fun role as Tweedle Dum!
The kids had SO much fun and built new friendships!
Getting on stage each night was so much work! For some reason, any time a character needs "big hair" I am called! Sweet Cheeks' hair was covered with a purple wig. Miss Midd did her own hair, a sweet style befitting Alice. But Twinkle needed volume. We teased and sprayed and teased and sprayed.
I teased while she applied more eye liner.
And then we pulled it into this big do, which made her look even meaner.
The kids performed twice, once on Friday night and once on Saturday night. But by far, my favorite performance was the day time matinee they performed for Losev, the children's cancer research hospital near us. The kids who were well enough to come, got to see the play free. We took up a collection for the hospital by allowing students to wear jeans to school if they brought a donation.
For the Losev kids, the biggest star was Tuck, the sweet little dog who played Toto!
God bless these brave kids and their families!