STAGE: Welcome To Underland is being presented at the Cotswold School
A SURREAL show has leapt off the stage at the Cotswold School.
Students at Bourton-on-the-Water are presenting Welcome to Underland.
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
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.
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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.