ATLANTIC — Atlantic has another chance to witness magic in action: The Atlantic Children’s Theater Group is bringing Prairie Fire Childrens Theatre back to Atlantic to put on “Alice In Wonderland,” produced using all local children, and with only a week of practice, will put on two shows, Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
For area children who want to “venture down the rabbit hole,” Atlantic Children’s Theater Group is looking for kids who have completed first through eighth grade for the annual PFCT play. According to PFCT, up to 83 children could be cast. No special theatrical background is necessary, kids will learn everything they need in order to put on two performances at the end of a week of practice.
The Atlantic Children’s Theater Group raises the funds to bring the annual children’s production to town. Their goal is “to bring cultural experiences to area kids who would not normally have these opportunties.”
Auditions will be on Monday, July 8, starting at 1 p.m. at the Atlantic High School. Practices will be held from 1-5:15 p.m. from July 8-12, with times depending on what part each child plays.
The practices and play will be held at the Atlantic High School, 1201 East 14th Street.
PFCT brings everything, from costumes to set decor, and the directing team teaches the kids their lines and how to put on a performance.
Directors Brandon Homan and Grace Sopko will portray The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts. Children will be cast in roles like Alice, the King of Hearts, the Joker, the Deck of Cards, the Birds, the Caterpillar, the Flowers, the White Rabbitt, March Hare and Dormouse, the Duchess, Cook and Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dum, Dee & Dummer.
Brandon Homan is from Lakeville, Minn., and received his BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he recently appeared in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has also worked with kids in a children’s community theater group called “The Play’s the Thing.” PFCT officials said, “As an actor who specializes in character voices, we are sure Brandon will dazzle audiences as The Mad Hatter in our production of Alice in Wonderland!”
The other half of the team, Grace Sopko, is from Elmhurst, Ill. She is a Drake University graduation, with a BFA in Musical Theater, and she recently appeared as Amy March in “Little Women.” She has experience working with kids, as she worked full time at a daycare facility, and worked with Little Princess parties.
“We are thrilled to have Grace join us this summer as the Queen of Hearts in PFCT’s Alice in Wonderland!” PFCT officials said.
The Atlantic Children’s Theater Group relies on donations to help pay to bring the children’s theater program to Atlantic. Donations can be given to group members, including Chris Bennett, Ann McCurdy, Melissa Johnson, Krysta Hart, Emily Harris, Jena Waters and Jennifer McEntaffer. See the group’s Facebook page at Atlantic Children’s Theater Group.