The Las Positas Theatre 5 class showcased their last public showing of ‘Looking Glass Land’ on Oct 19 and 20 to a large crowd of children, LPC faculty, LPC administrators, students and family members of the cast.
“It was packed,” said Janet Brehe Johnson, director and instructor at LPC. “I mean people were standing.”
The play captivated the minds and hearts of children, and unleashed the inner-child for all adult viewers. The show itself is made for children, but hilarity ensued for all ages. Despite having some miscues, absences and technical difficulties on the Oct. 20 show, the group persevered and put on a show for everyone. Even with the technical difficulties the show was a success.
Before they performed on Saturday, the cast and members of the production experienced several scares. Their sound guy didn’t show up, they dealt with static and their camera man didn’t show up. Luckily, despite having these problems, they persevered and put on a comical, laugh-out-loud performance.
“The performance on Saturday was not our best. We had such technical difficulties,” Johnson said.
Despite all the technical difficulties on the Saturday showing, the members of the cast executed really well. Quirky voices, musical instruments, choreography and line execution made the audience forget entirely about the technical difficulties.
The play, which is essentially a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” begins with Alice playing a game of chess. She goes down a looking glass mirror to a land where everything is filled with chess pieces and everything is backwards
Children throughout the audience were cackling with laughter. At one point, a child left his seat and hugged a cast member. Ultimately, the theatre class’s goal is to keep the children in mind before every production.
Despite obviously being for children, adults in the audience still rejoiced. With word-play, jokes only adults can understand and a quirky rap, the production did an overall good job at unleashing the inner-child in older audience members.
“The best thing about doing this show is seeing the response from the kids we perform for. They honestly make it worth the while,” said Sarah Kellner, who plays Alice.
“Regardless if we dropped lines or had awkward pauses they are our biggest fans. I seriously had a little girl come up to me and say ‘Alice!! I’ve seen all your movies! This was the best!’ they actually think the cast is the characters. So I make sure to keep that in mind and really play to the children.”
All of the costumes were designed by their actors, and they all had a unique style. Humpty Dumpty stole the show with one of the most creative costumes and immediately became an audience-favorite.
The show concludes with a sort of a cliffhanger. You don’t truly know if it was a dream, a true story or a figment of imagination.
Is the looking glass real? Was it all a dream? How did Alice get back? This befuddles most of the adult members in the audience, but kids generally overlook the cliffhanger. This is another area where the play proved that it could be for all ages.
After the performance ended, children ran to the stage as if it were the end of a Justin Bieber concert, something that these actors will always treasure.
With their public showings ending, the class will spend the remainder of their performances on the road visiting several Tri-Valley elementary schools.