Fairy Tales Collide in Dorothy in Wonderland

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By Sydney Gross

Second Street Players Children’s Theatre will present Dorothy in Wonderland by Brian D. Taylor on October 6, 7, and 8. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 PM and the Sunday show is at 1pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut Street in downtown Milford, DE.

The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. Before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets, brains, heart and courage, Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, and the Cheshire Cat. They also must face a dangerous new foe, the Queen of Hearts. Dorothy and Alice team up to defeat the queen at croquet. Audiences will find out if that will be enough for the characters to return back home to Kansas and to London

Director Tabitha Yarnall and the talented cast of Dorothy in Wonderland are very excited to bring a combination of two classic tales to life on the children’s theatre stage. Whether team Oz or Wonderland, there is a character that everyone will enjoy. This performance is Yarnall’s first time directing fully; she was the assistant directed of Second Street Players’ Snow Queen. “It’s a lot more responsibility and stress, but more fun at the same time,” Yarnall said. “Directing is a very good bonding experience since both of my children are involved in the production.”

Zachary Naar of Milton is making his Second Street Players debut as the scarecrow. Naar says the scarecrow is a very fun but different character from what he is used to playing. As somebody who wants to make a career on Broadway, Naar says that the more roles the better. He hopes that the audience takes away the idea of “how friendship can take you a long way when having to overcome something.”

Becca Yarnall, who plays Dorothy, has been a veteran with Second Street for three years. Being a huge fan of both Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, Becca was very excited when getting the part of Dorothy. “She seems sweet and polite but she also stands up for what she believes in,” Yarnall said.

Second Street Players Children’s Theatre will perform Dorothy in Wonderland by Brian D. Taylor on October 6, 7, and 8. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 PM and the Sunday show is at 1pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut Street in downtown Milford, DE. For more information, families can visit the theatre company online at secondstreetplayers.com

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