St. Joseph , MI (August 13, 2008) – Kids On Stage, recent winner of 2 National Youth Theatre Awards, is now accepting registrations for their fall production of “ Alice in Wonderland Jr”.  Rehearsals will begin Saturday August 23, 2008 and will culminate with three performances November 1 & 2 at Lakeshore High School Auditorium.   The show will be performed by one cast consisting of Junior Troupers, grade 1-3 and Super Troupers, grade 4-12.   Every child who registers is guaranteed participation in the production, regardless of talent or ability.  Registration volume for this production is expected to be high so early registration is recommended.  Registration numbers will be limited.  

Participants may register by visiting online at and printing out the registration form.  Forms may also be obtained by calling 269 313-2795.  Registration fees are $235 for Super Troupers and $215 for Junior Troupers.  There is an early bird discount of $25 for registrations received and/or postmarked by August 20, 2008.   

Rehearsals are on Saturdays beginning August 23 from 11:00am – 4:00pm.  Junior Troupers will rehearse from 11:00-1:00.  Super Troupers will rehearse from 1:00-4:00.  Rehearsal times for Junior Troupers and Super Troupers will be modified as rehearsals progress.  Additional rehearsals for those with principal parts will also be held on some Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Optional rehearsals will also be held on some Thursday & Fridays for the entire cast to rehearse music.  Rehearsals are at The Chapel (Multi Purpose Room), 4250 Washington Ave. , St. Joseph , just south of Glenlord Rd.   For complete rehearsal and performance information visit the Kids On Stage web site:

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a stage adaptation of the classic Disney animated film.  This faced paced version features updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as “I’m Late,” “The Un-Birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”  Performers of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. will join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.  Roles are plentiful for both male and female performers, including three Alices (small, medium and tall), three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters.  Because of the episodic nature of the show every character will have their chance to be the focus of the story. 

Partial scholarships are available to any participant on a “first come/first served” basis.  The application process is initiated by calling Doug Fordyce at 269 313-2795.  Parents of scholarship recipients are asked to help out with the production process by volunteering in some capacity.  No child will ever be turned away simply because of a financial need.  

Kids On Stage is a theatre company dedicated to the development of life skills in children through the performing arts.  Since 1996, as founder and former director of Children’s Music Workshop, Doug Fordyce, along with his wife Jeri, has developed a solid reputation for impacting the lives of children with personal growth through music and theatre.  Kids On Stage is a values driven opportunity for school age kids to grow in self-confidence and communication skills through the preparation and performance of high quality musical productions.  Through this process children learn fundamentals of practical theatre, vocal projection, stage presence, basic choreography and make-up.  Emphasis is placed on teamwork, self-accountability, commitment and self-fulfillment through hard work and accomplishment.




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