Children's Dance Theatre goes through looking glass
by Kate Brown
Apr 04, 2014 | 1996 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alice in Wonderland
Costume manager Kelly Nunes checks the tail of a Cheshire Cat costume Tuesday in preparation for the Children’s Dance Theatre performance of “Alice in Wonderland” on Saturday at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Children’s Dance Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland” will take the stage at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Saturday — the first performance by CDT in the past 14 years other than annual productions of “The Nutcracker.”

Deborah Skinner, founder and artistic director of CDT, brought back the spring production in response to her students’ persistent requests.

“Over the years, all the kids always asked for another production. They wanted to do another one,” Skinner said. “This year, I just said, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’”

The 60-student cast, ranging from 5 to 19 years old, has rehearsed since January.

Parent volunteers created the costumes, set design and props.

Skinner’s “Alice” adaptation uses music from Tim Burton’s movie, Disney’s movie and Richard Hartley’s score in the “Alice in Wonderland” telefilm.

Skinner’s favorite part of the experience has been observing the growth of the performers involved.

“I love to watch people reach new levels,” Skinner said. “I think the majority of people in this world no longer have the avenue to be creative, so it’s fun to watch people say, ‘I don’t think that I can do that,’ and then they do it.”

Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” are available online at or at the box office at 715 Central Ave.

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