Reiffton school journeys down the rabbit hole for arts project

Reiffton School has begun work on its 2014 Artist-in-Residence project. This year’s production, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Into Other Realms” uses excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to examine themes of fantasy versus reality, children coming of age and appreciation for one’s family and home. The program is completely funded by Reiffton’s Association of Parents and Teachers and aims to give children a taste of professional theatre.

Additionally, the found-object houses of Ahna Romanski, a sixth-grade student from Governor Mifflin School District, will be displayed in conjunction with the project. Ahna has been invited to exhibit her work- which also delves into similar themes of fantasy and magic- to further enhance the program.

Alana Rader will serve as the program’s Artist-in-Residence. Rader, a former Berks County resident, is a classically-trained actor, singer and musician with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Rader has performed all over the United States in productions ranging from Shakespeare to Shaw to Sondheim. As an educator, Rader has worked with children from pre-school to college age levels through camps and private lesson groups.

The final production will take place at Reiffton School 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. The event is open to the public.


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