Audience members can take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice during Cresson Lake Playhouse's production of "Alice in Wonderland."
The show, which is based on the 1951 Disney film, revolves around Alice, who follows a rabbit down his hole and sets off on an adventure that includes the Mad Hatter, the Tweedles and, of course, the Cheshire Cat.
This is the 10th year for the Children's Theatre Festival.
"Children's theater is my favorite part of the whole season," said Elaine Mastalski, executive director. "The wonder in their eyes and expressions on their faces are amazing. I enjoy having them out here."
The show is set to run from May 5-7 and May 12-14.
"We have 3,000 kids coming from the schools. It will be a busy time at Cresson Lake," Mastalski said.
Holly Smith, who is making her Cresson Lake debut, will be directing.
"She is from Penn Cambria and she is doing an amazing job," Mastalski said.
The show has two casts with 30 in each from local high schools. They have been rehearsing since mid-March.
Mastalski said she has seen some of the performers come into their own over the years, making this show bittersweet.
"We have some kids who have been with us for five and six years and this is their last year, so it is kind of sad."
Despite the large cast, Mastalski said they haven't faced many challenges other than what is to be expected opening the theater for a new season.
"It is the first show of the season and that is always a challenge — opening the barn and the whole nine yards," she said. "It is a lot, but it is exciting."
Tickets to the show are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 for public performances.
School performances are $4 for students and teachers can attend for free. Public performances are set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 7 and May 14.
School performances are set for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 5-6 and May 12 and May 14. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.cressonlake.com or call (814) 472-4333.