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March 1: ‘Escape to Wonderland’

One public performance of children’s theater production set for Andreas Theatre.


NOTE: Photo is courtesy of Kathy Scinto. The actors pictured include (left to right) Claire Clauson as Cheshire Cat, Jeff Libby as Mad Hatter, Michaela Shapiro as Alice, Andrew Aguilar as White Rabbit, Amanda Mai as Caterpiller, Andrew Anderson as Tweedles (yes, he plays both Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum) and Emily Scinto as Queen of Hearts.

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present its one public performance of its touring children’s theatre production, “Escape to Wonderland,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and available beginning at 9 a.m. that day at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby.

“Escape to Wonderland” is a story of Alice, a young girl whose life is not going the way she wants. As she follows the white rabbit to Wonderland, she encounters a variety of characters who show Alice how every choice we make changes how we are perceived. Alice and the other characters realize that sometimes the right choice isn’t always the easy one.

“Escape to Wonderland” is written by first-year MFA Acting candidate Jordan Wolfe, with music by sophomore Theatre Generalist Michael Stamp. Scene design is by senior Theatre Generalist Robert Anderson with costume design is by junior BFA Design/Technology candidate Lauren Nelson.

The seven first-year students who make up the cast go out every Tuesday and Thursday for at least two performances a day at southern and central Minnesota elementary schools. By the end of the tour in mid-March, more than 8,000 elementary school students will have seen the show, which is an annual Department of Theatre & Dance tradition. 

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