Janna Grant

Plenty of adventures in Wonderland

eXtreme Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the ACT in Maple Ridge, featuring actors from North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Mission.

With a waddle and wiggle, Tweedledum and Tweedledee switch spots and end up tangled. They’ve soon forgotten a tiff they had about a rattle, made peace and decided not to battle.

“They are alway confused with their names and don’t know who they are,” says Aden Born, agreeing the twin brothers from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland are down-right silly.

“We think very highly of manner,” adds Connor Buzza, who plays Tweedledum to Born’s Tweedledee.

“But we don’t have the best manners.”

Cast as the troublesome twins in eXtreme Theatre’s musical production, Born and Buzza are trying to stay in step. They are mimicking each other’s movements to a tee.

“We are practically identical,” says Born, from Coquitlam, with a laugh.

The first-time thespians have memorized their lines and learned their dance steps but admit they are slightly anxious about being on a big stage.

“I’m fine acting in front of the class,” says Born, nodding in agreement when Tweedledum interjects that rehearsals have been “tons of fun.”

“We both think we are song and scene ready,”says Buzza, who lives in Mission.

“The nerves maybe the hardest part.”

Featuring two casts of 35 home-schooled students from across Metro Vancouver, Alice in Wonderland is a fast-paced stage adaptation of the Lewis Carroll tale with classic Disney songs including “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.

Cast as the protagonist, Coquitlam’s Janna Grant is a fan of Alice’s adventure.

“My mom’s always had a thing for the Mad Hatter,” says Grant, a precocious 10-year-old who played Tinkerbell in last year’s production.

“We’ve seen the movie a few times. I mean, it’s such nonsense,” she exclaims. “It’s probably the most fun play to do because you can do anything.”

Just like Alice, Grant admits she daydreams a lot.

“I do have to say, I kind of relate to Alice,” she says, with a smile.

The busy bunny who leads Alice down the rabbit-hole is Emma Dougan.

“He’s just so anxious about a lot of stuff but he never really knows where he’s going,” she says.

Just like her cast mate, Dougan, 12, enjoys dreaming, especially the weird ones that leave her scratching her head the next morning.

“I dream about going to different lands,” says Dougan, from North Vancouver.

“But never about jumping into a rabbit hole.”

• eXtreme Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the ACT in Maple Ridge, April 24 to 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 604-476-2787 or visit actmapleridge.org.

Just Posted

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

Guilty plea issued in case where man, 86, was assaulted and robbed

Hughie Stump pleads guilty to break-and-enter in relation to Abbotsford incident

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

UPDATE: 24-year-old Lovepreet Dhaliwal ID’d as victim in targeted Abbotsford shooting

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

VIDEO: AND THE WINNERS ARE …

Mission Chamber announces Business Excellence Awards winners

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Most Read