Wonderland School Tour
"When I saw Wonderland my first thought was, this performance HAS to be in schools."
-Jeannine Myrvik, clinical social worker
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 20% of youth ages 13–18 live with a mental health condition. And in 2021, pediatric health experts and the U.S. Surgeon General publicized a growing mental health crisis among youth and how it has become worse during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Among the recommendations to address this crisis are programs to promote healthy development and provide avenues for help.
The stigma attached to mental illness can prevent people from seeking help, especially children. In the spring of 2021, Collide Artistic Director Regina Peluso worked with mental health professionals to create the dance musical production Wonderland, a show that aims to de-stigmatize mental health issues. Wonderland uses an accessible format (dance theater) to provide education and a positive message about the importance of mental health and empathy.
School Performance Information
The show is 45 minutes long, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the cast. This shortened version focuses on the stories of the White Rabbit, the Queen, and Alice. The show can easily be condensed more to fit into a shorter time frame if needed.
The performers come directly to the schools, eliminating the need for transportation fees.
The performance can take place in a traditional theater setting, dance studio, or gymnasium.
An educational pamphlet will be provided to teachers that contains exercises and workshop ideas that explore mental health themes as well as dance education.
The performance is suited for audiences of all ages, though highly recommended for Grades 5–12.