The Stornoway Thespians pantomime has long been a crucial and fun-filled fixture of local festive celebrations and this year will be no different.
Today (Thursday) the curtain goes up on their latest production ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and will be performed through to Saturday, December 5th.
The performance will be the first time that Robert Marlowe’s adaptation of Lewis Carrol’s famous novel has been seen on stage locally.
And although some aspects of the plot have been altered, anyone familiar with the original storyline will certainly recognise the characters, with the addition of some great pantomime comedy, dancing and singing numbers only adding to the experience.
The story begins with Alice resting on a riverbank when she sees a White Rabbit who not only has a pocket watch but a mobile phone as well.
When he disappears down a rabbit hole Alice follows and falls right into Wonderland.
Here she meets Dee and Dum the Tweedle Sisters, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the wicked Duchess and the even more terrifying Queen of Hearts.
Will Alice and her friends escape with their heads and will Alice ever get home again?
The show’s cast is made up of 35 on stage performers and a hard working team of nine backstage with ages ranging from 9 to 60.
There are seven performances this year and the role of Alice is being shared by Rebekah Nichol and Rosie Sullivan.
Such is the depth of talent within the Thespians Youth Group that some roles have been double and even triple cast.
There are also be many familiar faces in the cast, with any in the audience who enjoyed booing Steve Hartley - Oliver as the Sheriff of Nottingham last year - having the opportunity to do so again this year, when he takes on the role of the evil Duchess.
The performance will include a range of songs from Shake it Off to We’ll Meet Again, all of which will be choreographed by Kate Hartley Oliver.
Show director Dee Jones summarised the performance by stating that: “It is good family fun and will appeal to everyone from the very young to the young at heart with many opportunities to boo, cheer and sing-a-long.”
For more information about show times and ticket availability visit an Lanntair’s website: here