Cirillo junior division recreates 'Through the Looking Glass'

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Samantha Caro plays Alice in Cirillo Summer Theatre's version of 'Through the Looking Glass.' Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.
Samantha Caro plays Alice in Cirillo Summer Theatre's version of 'Through the Looking Glass.' Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.

Every summer the Cirillo Summer Theatre welcomes children and teens to become cast members of a theatrical production. This year the junior division has been working hard in the LP Wilson Community Center to create its own version of “Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to “Alice and Wonderland.” The musical production includes a variety of acting, singing and dancing scenes to convey the story's moral.

“You need to take responsibility for what you want to do,” said director Karen Vinick, as she began to describe the story's lesson. “If you want to do something, you have to take all the steps it entails to do that and stay true to yourself while you are still forging your path.”

While both stories center around Alice's adventures, “Through the Looking Glass” took the characters from “Alice and Wonderland” that many are unfamiliar with and made them into the main characters. In the show, Alice is of course the main character, along with a mean Red Queen, a less intelligent White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, to name a few.

“It's a lot of fun,” said Vinick. “There are a lot of full singing and dancing numbers, and the characters have huge personalities.”

In past years, the show has been made up of approximately 30 children from Windsor, but this year the July 26 and 27 production features children ages 8 through 14 from all over the Hartford area, including Manchester, East Hartford, Windsor Locks and Somers. Due to the wide range in ages and skill levels, the program allows the younger children to learn from the older and more experienced members.

For more information on production times and ticket sales, visit www.townofwindsorct.com/recreation and click on theater programs listed under “Things To Do.”


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