Wonderland comes to life

One of the quirkiest and enduring children’s stories, complete with its crazy characters, will come to life next month when the Waihi Drama Society stages the pantomime ‘Alice in Wonderland’.


White Rabbit Madison Evetts-Jones and Alice (Tyler Clarke) are among the cast of the Waihi Drama Society’s pantomime ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Produced by Noeline Loader, its cast of 19 includes nine adult actors and 10 Katikati and Waihi children, some as young as seven, who are guaranteed to charm theatre-goers as well as invite audience participation in what’s being billed as a marvellous musical play.

Alice is Katikati’s Tyler Clarke and the White Rabbit is Madison Evetts-Jones. They are joined in Mike Carter’s adaption of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tale by others playing well-loved characters including  the Dodo, Duck, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the Mad Hatter.

Noeline moved to Waihi last year from Thames, where she also directed this pantomime in 1998 for Thames Musical Theatre. For her 36 years of service to musical theatre, Noeline has recently been awarded a Merit Award by Musical Theatre New Zealand.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ plays at the Waihi Theatre at 21 Boyd Rd, Waihi, from August 19-23 and August 26-29.


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