‘Wonderland’ opens at Lodge next weekend


Don’t be late for a very important date! Canyon Lake Community Theatre invites everyone to come out for the all-kids production of “Wonderland.” The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. next Friday, July 22, with additional shows on Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m.

This wacky version of the classic Lewis Carroll tale includes many of Alice in Wonderland’s classic characters as well as some new and zany additions such as a ballgame, a French train conductor, an ongoing game of chess and pudding!

Pictured above are featured dancers who have had to learn several dance routines in a three-week time period. They will all be chess pieces and also will be the Red Queen’s entourage. (Costumes weren’t completed at the time the photo was taken.)

Producer Jaimie Woodward says, “This show is filled with wacky parts that allow the children in the community an opportunity to showcase their talents. You won’t want to miss this chance to come out and show your support of these amazing kids.”

Payton Albin practices for her role as the Red Queen. Photo by Jaimie Woodward

Payton Albin practices for her role as the Red Queen. Photo by Jaimie Woodward

Directing kids’ shows since 1964, Director Ilene Moore continues to share her love of live theater, music and dance with the young people of Canyon Lake and surrounding communities. This summer, Ilene has been assisted by Jaimie and co-producer Heather Gotoski.

Costume Designer Heidi Nolan has worked alongside Ilene since her kids got involved with Ilene in theater at Butterfield Elementary School years ago. According to Jaimie, Heidi is “pulling out all the stops” this year to make this show extra special.

The production also provides opportunities for high school aged youth to learn the backstage and directorial aspects of putting on a show, as a number of young people who performed in past years also have helped with “Wonderland.”

Canyon Lake Community Theatre puts together the annual summer production with the help of many adult and youth volunteers. “CLCT could not put on shows like this without the help of family members and other volunteers who work behind the scenes,” says Jaimie. The entire production team and benefactors will be listed in the program.

Tickets can be purchased at POA Member Services or by calling 951-821-6767. They also are available at the door. They are $18 for reserved seating, $15 for general, $12 for student/senior (65 and up) and $10 for children under 12.