19th November 2014, 10:45am
Alice’s Adventures bring winter wonderland to Lincoln
Alice's Adventures in Winter Wonderland An imaginative retelling of a children’s classic will transport audiences to a winter wonderland as a theatre troupe from the University of Lincoln, UK, showcases its annual Christmas production.

Alice’s Adventures in Winter Wonderland is a festive adaptation of the 1865 Lewis Carroll novel, and the team behind the spectacular production will deliver a run of 20 shows at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, with the premiere on Friday 12th December 2014.

Performed by a cast of final-year undergraduates from The Lincoln Company - a theatre group comprising students and alumni from the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine & Performing Arts - the final show will take place on Christmas Eve.

Theatre-goers will join the cast of 24 actors and actresses on a magical journey as a curious Alice tumbles into a strange winter world caught in the clutches of Jack Frost. With the help of her companions, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, she embarks on a colourful adventure of talking animals, magical potions and tea parties in order to get back home in time for Christmas.

The show will take place in-the-round (on a central stage) at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, placing the audience at the heart of the action. Featuring stunning scenery and a range of puppetry, the show has been in production since September this year as part of the ‘Theatre for Children’ module on Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Drama programme.

The show is written and directed by Dr Dominic Symonds, Reader in the School of Fine & Performing Arts. He said: “One of the reasons we decided to write a home-grown show this year was to make the most of the tremendous talent we have in-house in design, puppetry, video work and music. Anyone who saw last year’s sell-out show, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, will know that we really invested in the production, so it’s great to be able to write a show ourselves into which we can weave as much technical wizardry, fantastic costume and rousing music as possible.”

Producer of Alice’s Adventures and Artistic Director for the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, added: “Each year, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre makes the decision to produce a Christmas Family Show – not a pantomime – to complement the existing offer of festive entertainment within the region, so that there is more variety and choice for local people. This year, we’ll be turning the space into an in-the-round theatre, which adds to the intimacy of the performance. Without giving too much away, we’ll be using the whole theatre for the performance, and I mean the whole space, right the way up to the ceiling!”

Tickets for Alice’s Adventures in Winter Wonderland are priced from £10, and family tickets are also available. The production has a running time of approximately two hours and is suitable for children aged six and over. For more information and to book tickets, visit http://lpac.co.uk/event/alice-in-winter-wonderland/  or contact the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on 01522 837600.
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