Tumble down the rabbit hole at Assistance League of Los Angeles Theatre for Children March 4 – 25
The yellow buses were lined up outside the building, taking up almost the entire block. The kids were coming to see a dress rehearsal of Alice! presented by the Nine O’Clock Players. They were all chattering excitedly as they filed into the theatre. Once they were seated, their noise was almost deafening. How were we going to hear the show? But, as soon as the lights dimmed, there was an instant hush…
Alice!, a musical based on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, captivated these children from beginning to end. They applauded the characters (especially the Cheshire Cat!) and squealed with delight when cast members ventured into the audience. After the show, they got to meet the players in the courtyard and get their autographs. What a treat.
We adult viewers enjoyed Alice!, too. The production was exquisitely presented. The sets were whimsical and bursting with color. The costumes were fun but functional. Even the Caterpillar’s many feet were able to dance with ease. The lighting and sound cues seemed to be right on point. And the actors, all women, were superb.
The Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children was founded in 1929 by the Assistance League of Los Angeles. It is run by volunteers who not only raise funds, but also oversee the productions. The children who come to see the shows are mostly special needs or at-risk kids who might not otherwise experience theatre. The group presents two shows a year, and each production is spectacular.
“Alice!” opens on Sunday, March 4 and closes on Sunday, March 25. All performances are 2pm matinees. For more information and performance dates visit NineOClockPlayers.com. The theatre is located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. in Los Angeles.