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Theater production mashing together ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ premieres March 1

Students dressed as characters from "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" rehearse their upcoming play. (Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Little Theatre Players)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two beloved classic children’s novels are being combined into a “what-if” story soon in Cheyenne.

Cheyenne Little Theatre Players is teaming with various schools across Laramie County School District 1 to produce a unique take on the books “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz.” In this new rendition, titled “Dorothy in Wonderland,” the ensemble characters from Oz — Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion — are swept from the Emerald City to Wonderland. The team from “Oz” eventually meets up with Alice, and together they face off against the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s an interesting story of what might have happened before Dorothy returned to Kansas,” said Ceara Madson, managing director of CLTP. She described the show as a family-friendly and funny rendition of the acclaimed children’s novels.

More than 50 students from LCSD1 junior high and high schools are helming the production, Madson told Cap City News, with children auditioning in early January. Around 34 students will play characters stemming from the vibrant worlds created by authors L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll.

Two students dressed as “Alice in Wonderland” characters are pictured in the upcoming play “Dorothy in Wonderland.” (Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Little Theatre Players)

“Dorothy in Wonderland” premieres Friday, March 1 at the Mary Godrey Playhouse. Shows will play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 17. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except on Sundays, when they begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available now for all dates except March 7, when CLTP will be hosting its “Thrifty Thursday” production of “Dorothy in Wonderland.” Tickets for the Thursday show go on sale Feb. 29.

General admission cost ranges from $16 to $26 depending on age. The March 7 tickets will be $15, Madson said.

To purchase a ticket, click here or call 307-638-6543.