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Dorothy in Wonderland

Dorothy in Wonderland

Mashing it up - Childrens' theater troupe presents 'Dorothy in Wonderland'

Delaney Fuss is 9 years old, and has been acting for eight of those short years, so she knows a few things about theater.

And the Fountaindale Elementary School fourth-grader knows just why “Dorothy in Wonderland,” which Authentic Community Theatre’s Act Jr. is producing this weekend, is worth seeing.

“People should come see the show because if they like ‘Wizard of Oz’ or if they like ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ it’s a mash up. So if they like both, they can see (both), and it’s good for little kids,” said Delaney, who plays Tweedledee and Card No. 7.

In “Dorothy in Wonderland,” Dorothy of “Wizard of Oz” fame has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. But before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy and her friends to Wonderland where they try to make their way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way.

The show is staged at The Maryland Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Arielle Bowen, 10, plays Dorothy. “It’s very fun to learn about the character and meet all these people, and it’s really fun as the journey goes in the play,” the Fountaindale Elementary School fifth-grader said.

In “Dorothy,” her friends Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion all have their “gifts” from the Wizard, so those changes add to the plot.

Jayden Hess, a sixth-grader at Western Heights Middle School, plays the Tin Man. “The Tin Man is a really emotional type of person because the Wizard gave him a heart and now he can feel all those different types of emotions like happiness,” Jayden, 11, said.

Mackenzie Steshoski, who is in fifth grade at Potomac Intermediate School, plays the formerly Cowardly Lion.

“He just got his courage and now they are in Wonderland, in which they have never been, and now he’s all brave and helping everybody when they need it,” Mackenzie, 10, said.

Included on the “Alice in Wonderland” side of the show is the Queen of Hearts, played by Terra Hessler, 10, a fifth-grader at Williamsport Elementary School. While she admitted she’s more of a “Wizard of Oz” fan than “Alice,” she said all audiences can enjoy this show.

“We’ve put a lot of work into it, and it’s a really funny, really good play. And everyone has a unique part and no one’s ever really seen it because it’s a mash up and it’s not ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ it’s not ‘Wizard of Oz,’ it’s both of them combined and a really neat storyline,” she said.

Western Heights sixth-grader Jackson Kwok, who plays Tweedledum and the Knave of Hearts, agreed. “It’s a quirky show, it’s not like any other, and it’s really fun,” Jackson, 11, said.

Madison Duncan, 10, who is in fifth grade at Williamsport Elementary, plays the Mad Hatter. She said the actors also shine in “Dorothy.” 

“It’s amazing. This cast is great and it is so funny, it’s really great, and I think everyone has a way to showcase their own personality.”

Jayden Hess said the intrigue of the show is also a selling point. 

“To see (‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland,’), it’s kind of like you know what’s going to happen and how it’s going to play out. But when they combined I was like, ‘Well, how is this going to end? Who do we have to defeat? Do we defeat the Wicked Witch of the East, or the Queen?’ So it was pretty interesting to find that out,” he said.

Arielle Bowen agreed. “It’s very entertaining. It’s fun, and it’s very funny to little kids and adults. It has humor and it’s cool to see all the characters and Dorothy and Alice meeting all the villains.”


If you go ...


WHAT: “Dorothy in Wonderland”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Tickets cost $15


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