Jon Austria — The Daily Times  From left, Shondeen Lucero as Tweedle Dum, LeeAnn Carpenter as Alice, and Keely Polston as Tweedle Dee, rehearse,
Jon Austria — The Daily Times From left, Shondeen Lucero as Tweedle Dum, LeeAnn Carpenter as Alice, and Keely Polston as Tweedle Dee, rehearse, Monday, June 23, 2014, for Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the Lions Wilderness Amphitheater in Farmington.

If You Go:

What: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Lion’s Wilderness Park Amphitheater, 5800 College Blvd. in Farmington
Cost: $5 suggested donation
More info: Call 505-599-1150.

FARMINGTON — Josh Larby, 12, ran onto Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater's stage on Monday evening during a dress rehearsal for Disney's musical "Alice In Wonderland Jr."

"I'm late!" Larby, who plays the white rabbit, exclaimed as he ran around LeeAnn Carpenter, 11, who acts as medium-sized Alice in the musical.

Jon Austria — The Daily Times  The cast for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. rehearse a song and dance routine, Monday, June 23, 2014, at the
Jon Austria — The Daily Times The cast for Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. rehearse a song and dance routine, Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Lions Wilderness Amphitheater in Farmington.

Carpenter and Larby are two of the 33 children who make up the first cast of Heather McGaughey Children's Theater's summer musical production, which is directed by Stephanie Storhaug.

The cast is scheduled to perform the musical play at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater. A second cast will perform on July 23. This sessions cast features 33 children.

The musical, which is based on the Disney film and Lewis Carol's classic novel, has been adapted with additional lyrics. Some of the songs include "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

"This script in particular is really fun because there are a lot of parts that get to feature a lot of kids," Storhaug said during dress rehearsal.

Storhaug said children's theater is a "chance for kids to gain confidence in themselves" as well as an exercise in teamwork.

"I am always just so excited to see the kids get up there and present something they have worked so hard on," she said.

Storhaug first started directing five years ago when the program put on "Aladdin." While directing "Aladdin," she met Larby, who was a beginning actor.

While he had never acted with the theater program before, his brother pestered him until he agreed to join.

Jon Austria — The Daily Times  At center Small Alice played by Arianna Mortensen rehearses with her fellow actors, Monday, June 23, 2014, at the
Jon Austria — The Daily Times At center Small Alice played by Arianna Mortensen rehearses with her fellow actors, Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Lions Wilderness Amphitheater in Farmington.

"The first time I did children's theater, I thought it was really fun," he said.

"Alice In Wonderland" will be Larby's last play with the program, which is open to children ages 8 to 12 years old.

"My favorite part is when I get to express myself and have a sense of humor, cause everybody's so tight normally," he said.

While Larby is finishing his career with the children's theater program, Carpenter, 11, is joining the program for the first time.

"I had a cousin that told my mom about it," she said. "My mom knows that I am very dramatic and told me I should do it."

She is planning on continuing with the children's theater next year as well as enrolling in drama at Hermosa Middle School.

"What's not to like?" she said. "I like everything about it."

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.