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Photo: Ava McCain as “Water Sprite” and Lydia Velatini as “Alice”
GWINNETT BALLET THEATRE’S “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” OFFERS A COLORFUL FAMILY EVENT AT CENTRAL GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE
Alice and a very large cast of Wonderland Characters arrive at the Central Gwinnett High School Theater March 23rd and 24th as Gwinnett Ballet Theatre presents its engaging interpretation of “Alice in Wonderland.”.
This sizeable cast promises to feature every fanciful role onstage, from the Mad Hatter to the March Hare to Tweedledum, Tweedledee and more. GBT presented “Alice in Wonderland” many years ago, but this production has not been seen by local audiences since 2010.
GBT instructor Erin Sipsy is helping set the ballet’s choreography on the dozens of young dancers performing in “Alice.” She says, “I think families will enjoy watching young dancers bring this classic story to life. The audience will get to see their favorite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ characters in a new context. Come watch a familiar story take on a new form, ballet!”
The performances will be held Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Gwinnett High School Theater located at 564 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.
Four of GBT’s instructors are helping coach and guide the young student artists who range from Creative Movement age to High School Seniors. In addition to Sipsy are Gabrielle Gambino, Liz Galloway and Abigrace Diprima.
Sipsy and DiPrima are also GBT alumni and performed in productions of “Alice in Wonderland” many years ago as students. In 2008, Sipsy performed the role of the Water Sprite, DiPrima the part of Dinah the Cat.
Gabrielle Gambino says, “I think ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a great family event! The story reimagined into a ballet is a magical combination of the classic novel and beautiful movement. The ballet brings the characters of Alice to life in a new and fascinating way while holding true to the ‘wonderful’ original story line.”
Diprima is helping teach her young charges the opening scene in Alice’s home, the tea party scene, and the dance of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. She says, “Families are sure to enjoy seeing Alice’s Wonderland come to life before their eyes. The fact that it is being told through dance adds new levels of characterization and detail to the story. The ballet is full of humor, vibrant colors, and dancers of all ages that all add something to the story. The ballet will have everyone wanting to get up and step into the dance.”
Performing at Central Gwinnett High School is a first for GBT, a logical decision based on GBT’s developing relationship with the school.
“Performing at Central Gwinnett is a part of our new outreach activity into the community,” says GBT Consultant Angela Harris. “We look forward to many more performances there. We will also be offering more dance classes with Central Gwinnett’s population in mind.”
For more information, visit www.gwinnettballet.org