This time when Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole, she'll land en pointe in “Alice in Wonderland Ballet,” presented by Delaware Dance Alliance.

This time when Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole, she'll land en pointe in "Alice in Wonderland Ballet," presented by Delaware Dance Alliance.

The show opens Saturday at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.

Delaware Dance Alliance will overwhelm the stage with its deep roster of approximately 30 characters, spanning nearly every creature, critter and thing in Wonderland. You'll see your favorites like the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and Tweedledum and Tweedledee to butterflies, flowers and even Alice's teardrops (Tears). Ages in the show range from 4 to 25, with the little ones occupying most of the stage.

Jessica Jones (cast as Mildred, Alice's sister) has performed in several theater productions throughout her 15-year-plus career in ballet. Yet she maintains "Alice in Wonderland Ballet" is one of the strangest shows she's had the pleasure of being a part of.

"This is by far one of the most unique shows I've ever been in, because it's 'Alice in Wonderland,' so almost anything can go," said Jones, 22, of Milford. "It's definitely fun. The cast is really different because some kids are my students, because I teach, too, so I get to connect with them more."

Jones is an instructor at First State Academy of Dance in Milford. DDA operates under FSAD's umbrella serving as its production company, while FSAD offers dance courses.

Sunday marked the first costume rehearsal for "Alice in Wonderland Ballet" and the experience revealed the show's biggest flaw was many of the younger performers weren't able to change in and out of costume as swiftly as anticipated.

"It was a little rough, but we'll get there," Jones said. "Whenever you add more props or costumes and stuff like that, it's always rough at first, especially with your costume changes, because some of the girls have back-to-back scenes."

Since opening night isn't for two more days, director Michele Xiques, of Milford, still has some time to tie up those loose ends. This is the part of the theater process that Xiques adores.

"Every time I do a show it's like Christmas," she said. "The anticipation and the wonder of how it's all going to work out and what you're going to get from the dancers is the exciting part."


WHAT 'Alice in Wonderland Ballet'

WHEN 6 p.m., Saturday

WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 State St., Dover

COST $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (65 and older) and children (12 and younger)

INFO or call 674-4423