They’re all mad here… and they’re all insanely talented!
At its centre was a stellar leading performance by Jemima Rees as Alice. She is truly is a star in the making. A phenomenal voice, excellent stage presence and a real joy to watch. Jemima has a bright future ahead in musical theatre, I am certain.
Henry Walker as the suitably bonkers Mad Hatter along with March Hare (Noah Walker-Green) and the delightful Doormouse (Maisie Walker-Green) all brought so much comedy to their roles and were great fun to watch.
Ellen Careless’ fiery Queen of Hearts was fantastic. She stormed around the stage getting angry at the audience for not laughing at her jokes! I particularly enjoyed her Flamingo flamenco.
Grace Dempsey blew the audience away with her phenomenal portrayal of the Cheshire Cat! Her high-energy number had her leaping around the stage performing splits, incredible dance moves and belting out a great song as well. What a talent!
A Beatles inspired Caterpillar, a (definitely not stinky) Dodo, a very late White Rabbit, a plodding Mock Turtle and the silly Tweedledee/dum duo all delivered strong performances.
The whole cast in this ensemble production were fantastic. It’s so wonderful to see so much blossoming young talent on stage. I can’t wait to see what they do next!
The dream team heading up CCC are musical wizard Andrew Woodford, who has an incredible ability to get the very best out of every singer, and the extremely talented performer Ashleigh Mackness who shares her experience in professional theatre to inspire the next generation of theatre makers. For this production they are joined by Katy Allen to provide the choreography plus they have a live band, costumes and a beautiful set that mean the high production values live up to the superb performances given by this extremely talented cast.
There’s another chance to catch Alice in Wonderland tomorrow (Monday 2nd May, 2pm) and tickets are on sale for CCC’s next production, Into The Woods in July.
Pictures by Rodger Hooper
Reviewed by Joe Plumb