Children to present ‘Glass’

FAIRMONT – Fairmont Opera House’s Children’s Theatre Workshop is presenting “Through the Looking Glass” this weekend.

The show takes a glimpse into Alice’s adventure when she steps through a mirror and finds herself part of a world inhabited by chess pieces and characters from nursery rhymes.

Although the story is less known to many than the first book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” co-director Ben Fink said the 30 third- through eighth-grade students putting on the production are familiar enough with it to enjoy it.

“It seems like they have been familiar enough through the movies and culture,” he said.

Students have been working on the production for the past two weeks, along with general instruction in theatre, including props, costumes, dance and stage fighting.

Fink said there is a lot of dancing, acting and singing in the program.

“There is also a lot of giggling,” said co-director Joleen Fink. “I am very impressed with the play because they have done a lot of stuff for the kids, and the audience.”

After stepping through the mirror, Alice finds herself given an opportunity to become queen in the land if she can progress to the eighth level of play on the chess board that has been laid out across the land.

“Basically what she learns is that there are lots of responsibilities once she becomes queen,” Joleen Fink said.

Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fairmont Opera House. Tickets are $6 and are available at HyVee, or at the door.