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USC Dance Conservatory presents "Alice in Wonderland"

The children of the University of SC Dance Conservatory will present an original ballet version of the classic tale, "Alice in Wonderland," May 22-23 at Drayton Hall Theatre.

Advance ticketing has been cancelled for this event.
Tickets will be available at the door for both performances.
The Drayton Hall box office will open 2 hours before each performance.



The University of SC Dance Conservatory

Alice in Wonderland

Artistic Direction & Choreography:
Kerri Lambert & Melinda Rawlinson

Curriculum Director:
Stacey Calvert


May 22-23, 2015

Drayton Hall Theatre
1214 College St.

Show Times
May 22: 6pm
May 23: 2pm


$12, all ages

Tickets available at the door.

Ashley Mallory as Alice


Choreographed by USC Dance Conservatory Administrative Director Kerri Lambert and instructor Melinda Rawlinson, Alice in Wonderland is a trip through Lewis Carroll’s beloved story of a girl who descends down a rabbit hole and emerges into a magical, mysterious world filled with both delight and danger.  As she tries to find a way home, Alice encounters such now-familiar characters as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the devious Queen of Hearts, among a bevy of other fantastical creatures.  The ballet is set to Carl Davis’ arrangement of several Tschaikovsky works, originally commissioned by the English National Ballet for their version of the Alice story.

The USC Dance Conservatory is an afterschool dance program for students aged 3 to 18, hosted by the USC dance program. Every spring, the conservatory stages one culminating concert that features all of the conservatory students, giving them the chance to perform a storybook ballet on a university main stage.  

Alice will be portrayed by conservatory instructor Ashley Mallory, a 2014 graduate of the dance program, who Lambert says is perfectly cast.  “She’s a mature, polished dancer with a fun and quirky personality, and a very expressive face,” says Lambert.

Other principal roles will be filled by the conservatory’s highest-level dancers, including seniors Vivien Toumey as the White Rabbit and Hallie Chametzky as the Queen of Hearts.  The programs’ younger dancers will portray characters as varied as Wonderland’s famous teacups, flamingos and playing cards.

“The story is funny and fantastic,” says Lambert, “a magical experience designed for younger audiences.  We wanted to make it both playful and surreal, just like the book, with something for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on Alice in Wonderland or the USC Dance Conservatory, contact Kevin Bush by phone at (803) 777-9353 or via email at