Brooklyn Saunders (centre) as The Mad Hatter at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party during the Nelson Youth Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Photo: Supplied.

REVIEW: A magical encounter with Alice


It was bright, colourful, quirky and nonsensical – so naturally my seven-year-old daughter loved every second of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr at the Theatre Royal on Sunday.

The Nelson Youth Theatre’s rendition of the Lewis Carroll classic had both children and adults alike enthralled as Alice journeyed through the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland.

Visually, it was a feast for the eyes and the quirky antics, catchy tunes and impressive costumes kept kids engaged the whole way through.

With a double cast, the audience was treated to the ‘Team Sylvie’ rendition on Sunday.

Three different sized Alices, played by Sylvie Lloyd, Catherine Courtney and Elise Morton, imaginatively captured the changing sizes of the lead character.

Directed by Richard Carruthers, it featured all the much-loved characters of the story including The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The March Hare, The Caterpillar, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, The Queen of Hearts and very cleverly-portrayed Cheshire Cat.

My daughter’s favourite, though, was The Caterpillar, played brilliantly by Megan Pochin, along with two underrated sea-snails in the background.

The one-hour length is perfect for children, who were able to meet the cast after the show.

Around 48 actors are involved in the production, ranging in age from seven to 18, and it really is impressive what this talented bunch of young actors are capable of.

Behind the scenes, Tracey Saunders must be applauded for the brilliant costume set, along with musical director Margy Wallace and choreographers Becky Davies and Michaela Smith – two of the teen actresses in the show.

Alice in Wonderland Jr is on at 2pm daily for the rest of this week, concluding with a 1pm and 3:30pm show on Friday and is the perfect outing for these school holidays.

Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal or TicketDirect.