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STAGE: Welcome To Underland is being presented at the Cotswold School

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 11, 2011

  • stars: Beth Pudifoot as Alice with Mad Hatter Josh Frazer

  • LIMELIGHT: Part of the line-up for the Cotswold School's Welcome to Underland

  • WHISKERS: Edd Birchmore and Emily Bon look the part

  • dancers: front – Nieve Walling and Emily Coulton; back – Luka Visockaite and Elsa Lamb

  • mask: Katie Lillywhite with Tweedledum Dom Sharrock and Tweedledee Chris Palmer

  • ON STAGE: Dormouse Naomi Fearon and White Rabbit Emily Lay

  • All white on the night: Dancers from the show

  • PERFORMING: back – Dawn Clayton-Ives, Sophie Collett, Georgie Bridge-Edwards, Faye Tatlow, Charlotte Wright; front – Lauren Castleton-White

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A SURREAL show has leapt off the stage at the Cotswold School.

Students at Bourton-on-the-Water are presenting Welcome to Underland.

It is based on Tim Burton's smash hit fantasy adventure film Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, which was inspired by Lewis Carroll's sequel Through the Looking Glass.

A 170-strong cast are telling the eccentric and exciting tale of Alice's return to Underland, to slay the dragon-like Jabberwocky, through a fusion of gym and dance.

Pupils, who have helped to choreograph many of the routines, started work in November on the show, which ends a three-night run today.

PE tutor Emma Tattersall said: "It's a fairytale with a bit of a darker twist – it's wonderful and bizarre. We've linked musical numbers with voice-overs to try to tell the story.

"Alice is played by Beth Pudifoot, a beautiful dancer, and the Mad Hatter by Josh Frazer, a self-taught gymnast and free runner. They've choreographed solos and joint pieces.

"Annabelle Dawes has choreographed a ballet number and Katie Lillywhite a partner dance and gym routine."

Naomi Fearon plays the Dormouse, Emily Lay the White Rabbit and Chris Palmer and Dom Sharrock Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Pupils have raised £435 to help cover costumes and lighting. Local businesses have also supported the sell-out show. All proceeds go towards the school's gym, dance and PE provision.

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