July 13, 2006 -- Two free performances of "Alicia in Wonder Tierra,"
the 2006 Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival's children's
show, will be offered at 2 p.m. July 17 and 18 at the University of
Wyoming College of Education auditorium.
The play is featured in "Vertical Dance, Children's Theatre, and Music at Vedauwoo" July 14-16 at 11 a.m. at the Vedauwoo Recreation Center east of Laramie. Tickets for this combined event cost $6. For tickets and information call (307) 766-6666 or visit www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Cecilia Aragon directs "Alicia in Wonder Tierra," a delightfully funny adventure loosely based on "Alice in Wonderland," with a touch of "The Wizard of Oz." The play charts the adventures of young Alicia on her magical journey from a Mexican curio shop to an Aztec temple as she comes to understand her cultural heritage.
"Alicia is a typical teenager who has not connected with her Mexican heritage," says Aragon. "She is very much in denial of her heritage. Her journey is about coming to terms with that background and what it means to her."
Aragon also says the play at Vedauwoo relies heavily on elements of physical theatre to make the story even more dynamic for young audiences.
"The actors performing on boulders raises a level of environmental consciousness as in the use of space, physical capabilities, vocal strength, and, ultimately, appreciation of nature that could not be achieved in a more theatrical setting," she says.
The free matinees are sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, UW Chicano Studies, and PACMWA.
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006