The Mad Tea Party

March 29, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tampa Ballet Theatre
12720 Dupont Circle
Tampa, FL 33626

Tampa Ballet Theatre's The Mad Tea Party

Please contact the studio for tickets.

Tampa Ballet Theatre is going mad about tea! On March 29th at 4:00pm, Tampa can celebrate their un-birthday with Alice, The Queen of Hearts, and the maddest one of all, The Hatter himself. The Mad Tea Party will consist of a silent auction, poetry reading, specialty treats and teas, playing cards, and a performance of excerpts from Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland. The event’s purpose is to help Tampa Ballet Theatre raise funds for their upcoming performance, Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Tea Party will be held at the Tampa Ballet Theatre studio at 12720 DuPont Circle, Tampa 33626. Tickets are $18 per person.

Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland is based off of Lewis Carroll’s novel written in 1865. It is a 2 Act ballet that follows a young girl named Alice who falls asleep by the riverbank with her sister; she then is startled by a White Rabbit and follows it down a rabbit hole to Wonderland. Once in Wonderland, Alice finds herself in a nonsensical world where she encounters many mad creatures, including: The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, and more. It is not until the Queen of Hearts orders that her head be cut off, that Alice awakens from her dream and finds herself back by the riverbank with her sister.

“I chose to stage Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book,” states Lindsay Clark, Artistic Director of Tampa Ballet Theatre, “I want to tell the story it how it was meant to be told, with every mad little detail.”The Mad Tea Party will be fun for all ages and will be featuring a fun menu of snacks, including eat me cookies, drink me drinks, chocolate fondue, and other delectable treats inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The excerpts being performed include Alice’s Variation, White Rabbit, Queen and King of Hearts Pas De Deux, Pas De Trois (Gryphon, Alice, and Mock Turtle), Bill the Lizard, The Caucus Race, and the Mad Tea Party. The dancers will accompanied by the music created for the original Alice in Wonderland ballet, composed by Carl Davis. The dancers performing are company members of the professional ballet company Tampa Ballet Theatre, pre-professional apprentices/trainees of TBT II, and students of the Tampa Bay Ballet school. This event has very limited seating available. The funds being raised at The Mad Tea Party will be used to help fund the show making process including: costumes, theatre rental, props, dancer expenses, backdrops, scenery, lighting, and more.