The cast of the River Raisin Ballet Company welcomes Alice in Wonderland

Artists from the River Raisin Center for the Arts recently walked down the rabbit hole and sent a room full of excited kids and adults straight to Wonderland.

In preparation for their upcoming ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ballet, RRCA actors and dancers took to the stage to the delight of the 150 guests who registered for Alice in Wonderland Tea at the River Raisin Banquet Center on March 12.

The cast of the next ballet from the River Raisin Center for the Arts,

Stacey Bellino, RRCA Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, organized the event.

“We’re doing Alice, so I thought it made sense to have a tea party,” she said.

Although Bellino has often volunteered with the RRCA, this was the first major event she has organized since joining the staff in October 2021.

The sold-out event was definitely a success.

The Monroe High School Chamber Strings, conducted by Ann Felder, played in the background as an abridged version of the classic tale was read and the cast performed. Afterwards, the cast mingled at the tables, smiled for photos, and chatted to the many young boys and girls in attendance.

The Monroe High School Chamber Strings, led by Ann Felder, perform at the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party held at the River Raisin Banquet Center on March 12.

Encouraged to come in costume, there were many bunny ears and blue dresses among the spectators. The children were more than happy to meet the real Alice and her friends such as the Cheshire Cat, March Hare, White Rabbit and Mad Hatter.

Guests enjoy the treats available at the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, held at the River Raisin Banquet Center on March 12.

In addition to the short performance, there were plenty of treats to snack on, music, crafts to do, raffle prizes, and a dance party.

The River Raisin Ballet Company will perform “Alice in Wonderland” March 25, 26, and 27 at the River Raisin Center for the Arts, located at 114 S. Monroe St. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for people seniors and $18 for children 17 and under. To purchase tickets, go to riverraisincentre.org.


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