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Colleton Children’s Theatre takes audience down a rabbit hole

The Cast and crew of Colleton Children’s Theatre 2019 “Alice in Wonderland Jr..”

The Colleton Children’s Theatre presented “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” this past weekend at the performing arts center located on the campus of Colleton County High School. Around 1,300 Colleton County students were able to attend the school shows on Thursday and close to 700 people attended the two-weekend shows. The cast, made up of 6 to 18-year-olds, pulled off an excellent performance keeping the audience on the edge of their seats during each of the four shows.
Jenny Bunton, Selah Mitchell, and Campbell Trippe, Directors for the production, were extremely pleased with how well the school-aged cast and crew adapted to having to change the dates of the performances due to Hurricane Dorien’s arrival. The group had to take a week off but bounced back and were ready to go. They were also very grateful to have the support of the Colleton County School District for being able to accommodate the changes as well.
When the curtains opened, the audience was able to travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. The musical featured songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and was a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!
Selah Mitchell, one of the three Directors, summed up the entire experience nicely when she described it as “hectic and frustrating” but followed it up with “I can’t think of anything I love more.” Mitchell went on to say “Every production has its difficulties- whether they be technical, logistical, or emotional- but every September, for one weekend, the collective efforts of every single person involved come together and it’s magical. It’s not about who gets the credit for what or how big a name is on the program. We provide a positive and safe space for the children in this community much like it was when Campbell and I were teenagers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have Jenny to thank for that. No one is more dedicated to this family and this community’s children than she is.”

Jenny Bunton takes a pie in the face all for a great cause.

The children that made up this year’s cast and crew are as follows: Lily Fredlake, Savannah Lupinek, Avery Gallagher, John Michael Gallagher, Gray Marvin, Blake Spears, Gabriella Crank, Madelyn Williams, Anne Hatcher White, Tula Hildabrand, Julia Brand, Gabby Beliveau, Abby Corbett, Isabella Baker, MaKayla Odum, Finley Marvin, Rowan Reeves, D’Andre Hicks, Catherine Bunton, Shelby Baker, Caleb Barsha, Olivia Sumner, Raleigh Obenaus, Aralyn Black, Sarah Branam, Walker Catterton, George Cook, Ashler Crosby, Naviyae Cunningham, Hannah Dryden, Evie Hiott, Sadie Hiott, Maddie Howell, Scarlett Mixon, Trayveon Reaves, Isabella Smith, Sam Witkin, Isobel Amundson, Ella Blakeley, Graycen Bryan, Addison Crosby, Abby Feather, McKenzi Hartsoe, Autumn Leopard, Raelynn Lyons, Ava McDonald, Caroline Molinari, Mackenzie Morehead, Emersyn Polk, Caylen Segura, Kaylee Spears, Savannah Thurston, Cooper White, Lauren Wolfe, McKenna Yonosik, Zachariah Ballew, Jordan Benton, Layla Bishop, Williams Bishop, Grayson Catterton, Bella Coley, Daniyah Cunningham, Mariah Cunningham, Natalie French, Ellie Gallagher, Ann Howell, Avery Jirel, Alie Marchant, Marie Molinari, Hannah Murray, August Reeves, Karma Simons, Monnie Strickland, Betts White, Lindsey Chapman, Cadence Garvin, Marcus Goins, Fallon Groves, Mason Hadwin, Anne Lewis High, Dylan Hudson, Tyler Hudson, Ava Murray, Lilliana Nava, Ansley O’Quinn, Lei-Ann Rease, Michael Wikin, Nora Yonosik, Ashlyn Ballew, McKenna Beach, Taylor Brown, Alyssa Hanna, Rebekah Hanna, Naomi Lowenthal, Cassidy O’Neal, Courtney Polk, Wyatt Reeves, Camden Segura, Hannah Smith and Ethan Thurston.
The cast and crew were able to gather together on Sunday evening after the last performance to celebrate. During the cast party, it was announced that they had raised over $1,000 through their “pie in the face” contest that had been running since April. Bunton and Campbell came in first and second place, allowing Mitchell to throw a whip cream pie in each of their faces. The cast squealed with excitement until the Directors turned the tables and sprayed everyone with silly string. Most of the young actors and actresses said they could not wait until next May when they can all come back together to try out for next year’s production.

Christie Slocum (555 Posts)