CCAC Hosting Giant Puppet Show

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Alice during her adventures in Wonderland.(courtesy image)

Clay County Arts Council announces that on Tuesday, April 25, “It’s time for morning tea at 9:30 and afternoon tea at 12:30 – all shared with Alice in her Wonderland!”

The original musical comedy, which offers a meaningful lesson and a moral to share with children and adults, will once-again bring Jerry Bickel and Holli Rubin back to the Rector Community Center for morning and afternoon productions of their version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

It’s also time for Alice and the audience to meet a handsomely dressed White Rabbit—who is always running late. In an imaginary garden, Alice follows the white rabbit down his hole and meets talking caterpillars, the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare, all enjoying a very confusing tea party. The Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts round out the characters in this fantasy, a classic in children’s literature.

Often, adults also find a message within the well-crafted children's wonderland of the story.

“The songs, dances, original costumes, giant puppets and lighting add the sparkle of fantasy to the 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. performances,” said Gail Burns, CCAC president. She further stated, “Pre-schoolers accompanied by their parent or grandparent are invited, also. Admission is $5 at the door.”

The show will also be staged for many of the elementary students from Piggott and Rector, along with individuals.

“Clay County Arts Council is grateful to Rector Downtown Drug, Piggott State Bank, First National Bank, Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, Glen Sain Motors, and Graves Gin for donations to support the production,” Burns offered. “Their donations allow all area children to attend the shows, regardless of ability to pay.”

Clay County elementary schools, and the various teachers, have been afforded the chance to attend and participate in the accompanying lesson plan. Burns noted school groups still wishing to attend should contact her at 870-240-3014 for information and instructions regarding attendance.

The entire Clay County community is invited to attend one of the showcase performances featuring the Giant Puppets and multiple smaller puppet characters which make up the production.

“Don’t be late, like the White Rabbit,” remarked Cathy Norred, CCAC board member.

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