Stepping Out

LAYT goes down the rabbit hole

Courtesy of LAYT
The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland” includes, from left, Michaela DeVincenzi (as the White Rabbit), Ellie Schwartz (Alice) and Skye Riordan (Mad Hatter).

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s West Coast premiere of the musical “Alice in Wonderland” is scheduled to open Friday and run through July 30 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati commissioned the new musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, who also created versions of “Sleepy Hollow” and “Snow White” produced by LAYT in recent years.

“When I heard that Janet and Mark had written an ‘Alice,’ I was excited to hear it,” said Trish Files, LAYT’s artistic director. “They have created two other shows that we enjoyed performing.”

Files said she contacted the writing and composing team, who “have been very helpful getting their not-yet-published materials to us.”

Based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic novel, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” it’s the story of a girl who falls through a rabbit hole and finds herself in a world full of odd creatures.

Betsy Kruse Craig directs “Alice,” supported by Paul Marenco (vocal direction) and Files. The cast includes 29 young actors who come from Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Saratoga and Redwood City. The actors are divided into two casts.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $15-$20, with an additional charge for Alice Tea Parties with the cast following afternoon performances slated Sunday and July 23.

For tickets, call 941-0551 or visit For more information, visit

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