CIDE to perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’


By Zach Dunkin


It’ll be a party when the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble closes its season on May 14 with its spring production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Featured in the two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Tarkington in the Center for Performing Arts Center will be the tea party scene from the classic tale of Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole, a scene in which artistic director Suzann DeLay describes as “just crazy.”

“We’ll actually have the Mad Hatter on a unicycle,” said DeLay, who founded CIDE in 1999. “That’s just one dimension to the craziness of the tea party. It’s pretty antic-filled.”

An ensemble of about 80 dancers ranging from ages 8 to l8, plus a couple of professional guest artists, will bring the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and Caterpillar to life. Josie Boris of Carmel, one of the principal dancers in the company, will play the role of Alice.

“The dancers have so much fun in the program,” said DeLay. “The kids really enjoy it because it’s fun to do and it’s funny. They enjoy the comedy. The comic relief.

“We’re really, really excited about this one because we have new costuming and makeup, new choreography and special effects since the last time we did this six years ago,” she added “What we’re trying to do is bring the audience up on stage with us while we’re still onstage. We’re really trying to draw the audience into being a part of this production.”

Tickets for the performance are $25 per adult and $18 per child.

Youngsters will also get a chance to meet some of the performer characters at a noon tea party on May 14. Tickets for the high tea and lunch with finger sandwiches, cheese, fruit and sweet treats are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. For more, visit