Pupils ready for a trip to Wonderland

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Final preparations are taking place for a summer production of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland.

Students from the Upstage Academy in Ripon and Pateley Bridge are in rehearsals for the production which will be staged at Harrogate Theatre.

The group has been rehearsing since January for curtain up on Saturday, July 14.

Their adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will feature modern song and dance which organisers hope will give audiences a new take on the classic play!

Lewis Carroll spent much of his formative years in Ripon. His father The Venerable Charles Dodgson, was a canon at the cathedral and it is thought the misericords in the cathedral provided some of the inspiration for the characters in the classic tale.

A spokesman for the group said: “The Victorian childhood of Lewis Carroll’s Alice and her encounters with extraordinary people, strange creatures and unusual events gives Upstage Academy an entire new world to create.

“It also gives a great chance to local people to have a fantastic family night out at their local theatre, with a modern twist on a classic story using modern song and dance its not to be missed.”

Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson after his father, died in 1898.

A blue plaque marks the house he lived him during his time in city.

It can be seen on on The Old Hall, Minster Road, Ripon.