May 31

Curiouser and curiouser!

by Jill Roberts · 0 comments

Beguiling performances, expert timing and an absolutely ingenious set make Théâtre Tout à Trac’s version of Alice in Wonderland a show worth catching at this year’s Calgary International Children’s Festival.

The players combine live action and clever puppetry to make this retelling of Lewis Carrol’s classic work action-packed and visually engrossing. Every inch of the backdrop – a large bookshelf – comes to life in one way or another, effectively conjuring the world through the looking glass. Masterfully executed, the illusion persists for the entire hour and change.

Suggested ages are six and up, but even younger children may appreciate the performance. My three-year old was completely enthralled, despite being a little disconcerted when the Cheshire Cat appeared to come apart and float around the stage.

Because that’s just plain weird.

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