The talented cast and crew of Shazam Theatre Company are inviting you on a journey down the rabbit hole to some treasured childhood memories.
They will be staging the musical version of Alice In Wonderland at Aberdeen Arts Centre from tonight and promise it will be a bright, fun and magical evening.
“The show is our take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland,” said David Small, musical director for Shazam, who said it will evoke memories for those who read the book as a child.
“There will be a sort of reminiscence in the audience that children always want to be able to do more than they are allowed to do.”
Plus, being like a big family in itself, the amateur theatre company is aiming its show at the heart of Aberdeen families.
“There will be the excitement and happiness and also some tender and heartwarming moments,” said David.
Following the curious Alice through Wonderland, a place where nothing is as it seems, the family-friendly musical is set to be a treat for the eyes as well.
“The audiences should expect a colourful night of theatre,” smiled David.
“We have got our vision for the set designs and our own vision for what we want the show to look like.”
“It’s very creative – it’s going to be fun, colourful and there will be a lot of artistic things happening.”
At the same time, Shazam also wanted to stay true to the original Lewis Carroll books about Alice.
So they chose to follow a script created by award-winning writers Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.
David said: “There are a few versions of (the story) but this one is probably the most traditional and as close as possible to the classical tale.”
Here, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts will all feature alongside Alice.
The audience will not be the only ones benefitting from the performance, as Shazam always aims to improve its members’ self-esteem too, with a cast aged between 16 and 30.
David explained: “To perform on a stage is something that can be quite daunting. But we work hard with the cast so that they can go out there doing something they enjoy, and get a sort of confidence through that.
“Most importantly, working so closely together for months and months helps people to build relationships with each other.
“Shazam’s family viewing and the friendships that have been formed make it very enjoyable for everybody.”
With Alice in Wonderland, Shazam is celebrating its fifth-year anniversary working in the north-east community.
So the cast has been preparing the show for months.
“We have a really talented cast – very reflective at its core,” said David.
“Everybody enjoys the rehearsal process and looking back at their performance to understand what should be better.
“All the hard work will hopefully be repaid when the audience leave the theatre thinking the show was really good.”
A relatable journey about growing up for all the kids, and a trip down memory lane for the adults, Shazam guarantees that Alice in Wonderland will be a “great night of entertainment”.
Alice in Wonderland will be staged at Aberdeen Arts Centre until Saturday.