Ballet Palm Beach performs whimsical ‘Wonderland’ on Mother’s Day weekend


Ballet Palm Beach invites fans of both classical dance and children’s literature to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend by seeing “Wonderland” at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach. 

Performances will be held Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12 at 4 p.m.

The professional ballet company performs this whimsical ballet with a fresh interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Alice, danced by Shannon Murray, is a young Victorian girl who tumbles unexpectedly into a fantasy realm. Chasing after the White Rabbit, played by Sunny Hsieh, she encounters a kaleidoscope of curiosities that lead her into the clutches of the Queen of Hearts. From there, it all gets “curiouser and curiouser.”

 An original ballet choreographed by Colleen Smith, artistic director of Ballet Palm Beach, “Wonderland” premiered in 2013 and features the music of English composers Benjamin Britten, Gustave Holst and William Walton.   

“I wanted to use English composers who would have known the work of Lewis Carroll and whose music exuded the sound of an English countryside,” says Smith.

The ballet weaves the reality of Alice’s Victorian England to the colorful fantasy and nonsense of Wonderland.

“We tried to bring alive on stage what young Alice was thinking that afternoon as she listened to the story for the first time,” says Smith.

All four performances will be held at The King’s Academy Page Family Center for Performing Arts, located at 8401 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach.

Tickets cost $30 to $45 and may be purchased by going online to or by calling (888) 718-4253.

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