The Boothbay Region Y-Arts youth program put on three performances of "Alice in Wonderland Jr." at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Oct. 4, 5 and 6 and the weather was as fine as the kids' performances. The crowd attendance was great for all three shows.
Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel about Alice's adventures in Wonderland was presented by the cast of 37 children and directed by Y-Arts Humanities Director Emily Mirabile (with technical assistance from her husband, Nick). The story started inside in the Gardens' Education Center but four other scenes were done throughout the gardens as the crowds followed Alice (tall and small) through the rabbit hole to find the White Rabbit, to the Caucus Race at the Pool of Tears where she meets Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, to the garden where she meets the Flowers of the Golden Afternoon and the Caterpillar, to the Tea Party where the Mad Hatter and friends are celebrating an "unbirthday party," to the Royal Rose Garden where she meets up with the mean Queen of Hearts, and finally to the park where Alice awakens from her dream.
The cast sang 14 songs, including the more notable ones, "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" and "Painting the Roses Red."
The cast, in alphabetical order, included: Jackie Branch, Owen Brown, Paige Botts, Samantha Colby, Natalie Emmons, Rose Eraklis, Harper Farrell, Allie Ferreira, Natalie Flagg, Emmaline Flewelling, Mia Gorey, Ford Harris, Sarah Harris, Caleb Innes, Maya Jacobs, Aileigh Johnson, Anna Lupien, Sophia Mansfield, Scout Martin, Mear McManus, Sofia Michaud, William Nery, Spencer Pottle, Reed Prentice, Serafina Record, Olivia Roberts, Caroline Roberts, Jojo Shea, Allie Smart, Finn Sullivan, Ireland Teele, Tyler Thompson, Anna Tomasello, Laura Tomasello, Rebecca Tomasello, Jessie Ullo and Kayla Watts.
Next up for the Y-Arts troupe is the Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta.