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Coquitlam teens go 'Through the Looking Glass' for eight shows

“Through the Looking Glass” is the name of the Lewis Carroll play acted out by Place des Arts’ Summer Theatre Troupe.
Place des Arts' Summer Theatre Troupe presents an adaptation of "Through the Looking Glass" in Coquitlam in July 2023. | Yellow Dog/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Grab a seat at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts this month to see a free show by the Summer Theatre Troupe.

Directed by Mike Stack, the teen group is presenting a family-friendly version of Through the Looking Glass at the Brunette Avenue facility in July.

Adapted from the novel by Lewis Carroll, the plot follows Alice as she enters the world of the looking-glass — as seen through the eyes of a child.

Along the way, Alice meets talking flowers and animals, bizarre royals and odd characters like Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Seven teen actors will bring the story to the stage using poetry, humour, song, puppetry and “physical playfulness”:

  • Gus Setala-Gay
  • Hana Lowey 
  • Ioana Lazar
  • Indah Del Bianco
  • Luke Ablett
  • Onyx Schewengler
  • Rosemary Diab

And the crew is made up of Midori O’Connor (production designer); Amy Bell (stage manager); and Janavi Chawla (assistant stage manager and props).

Funded by the Hamber Foundation, the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation and Trans Mountain, the Summer Theatre Troupe is a by-audition, performance-based company that highlights plays suitable for family viewing.

The eight hour-long shows for Through the Looking Glass are on:

  • Tuesday, July 25: 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 28: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29: 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30: 7 p.m.

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