SKIT’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ plays to full houses

Southern Kids in Theater showed Maryville they could party “Mad Hatter” style recently when the troupe performed “Alice in Wonderland” at their Ellis Avenue theater facility.

The actors were greeted by a full house for each of the performances.

The early August productions invited guests to journey to Wonderland where they watched as Alice met the worried and frantic White Rabbit, the silly Mad Hatter, the ever-sly Cheshire Cat and the Tyrannical Red Queen. Alice faced constant setbacks while traveling through a magical realm. The audience watched as she sought answers for two basic questions - “Who am I?” and “Where am I going?”

The Alice in Wonderland SKIT production was directed by Debra Lonsdale. SKIT productions, established in August 2006 , is a not-for profit professional musical theatre performing arts school. Productions are planned for the fall and winter.

Classes for SKIT students begin Sept. 6. Coming up this weekend are auditions for a musical version of “A Christmas Carol.” Auditions are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at the SKIT studio, 507 Ellis Avenue.

The company is looking for one boy and one girl (ages 7-11), five other children (ages 10-12), and 25 to 30 various Principal and Ensemble roles (ages 8 and above, including adults, teens, and children) to portray bankers, creditors, carolers, pantomime girls,

merchants, gravediggers, street urchins, factory workers, charwomen and angels. SKIT is casting everyone that auditions for this production. This is a special community theatre project in which SKIT is inviting everyone in the community (including the

surrounding areas) to join us for this Christmas presentation. All participants will be placed accordingly by the director. Anyone who is interested in building sets, props, or behind the scenes work is also invited.

Participants can prepare a vocal selection of their choice and provide CD accompaniment, sing a-capella or present a 2-3 minute monologue. Those who do not have theatre experience are invited to come and meet the director for a placement in the production. No previous theatre experience is necessary. Auditions are for new members that are not currently enrolled in the SKIT Performing Arts School.

It is preferred that individuals set an audition time to avoid waiting, but walk-ins are also welcome. Please provide a head shot. There is no audition fee required.

For more information and to set an audition time, please call 865-621-0216. For more information, contact the director, Debra Lonsdale at 621-0216 or visit the website at

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