The Moberly Area Community College Theater Department is performing a whimsical version of Alice in Wonderland this weekend, April 29, 30 and May 1 at 2 p.m. each day in the Agora, MACC’s outdoor stage. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. MACC students and staff are free.
This show is perfect for children of all ages. Alice and her friends will be hanging from the trees of the Agora and dancing through a forest of sculptures by Larry Vennard. Vennard is loaning MACC a host of his “metal friends” including some dinosaurs, birds and other fun creatures. He has created a drive-thru sculpture garden at his home outside of Centralia.
After a car-wreck ended his 25-year construction career, Vennard bought a farm and turned to another creative outlet, metal sculpting. He has filled his two-acre front lawn with them.
“The idea of building sculptures happened one day when I was looking at a substantial scrap iron pile. All of a sudden that scrap iron pile turned into a pile of bones and dinosaur parts, just like turning on a light switch,” explained Vennard.
And he went to work creating the pre-historic creatures that are now part of his family.
In addition to the sculpture, the Alice in Wonderland set is also using lots of recycling items like CDS and plastic jugs and bottles creating that perfect wonderland feel.
In the case of rain, the production will be moved to the MACC Auditorium. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call 263-4100. Tickets may also be purchased at the performance. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs for outdoor performances.