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DLux Puppets presenting 'Alice in Wonderland'

Familiar tale teaches power of words, thought, feelings

A musical adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center performed by life-sized puppets, actors and a digitally projected set.

"This is not your typical 60-minute re-telling of a beloved classic," noted DLux Puppets founders Lauren and Derek Lux.

The familiar fantasy-rich tale will show children and grownups how they can empower themselves in their own lives.

"The show is based on positive psychology and teaches children the power of their words, thoughts and feelings," Lauren Lux, an elementary school teacher, said. "Children will learn tools that have a more positive mindset."

The puppets, which range from 2 to 7 feet tall, are designed and built in the DLux shop and studio, often taking as long as 200 hours to build.

Lauren Lux said although DLux Puppets shows are unique, she has always been a fan of Jim Henson and the Muppets.

"What I really love about him is how much of an innovator he was," she said. "That is something I very much want to emulate in my own way."

Lauren and Derek Lux, who performed two years with Beach Blanket Babylon, both have strong ties to SEL (social emotional learning) and STEM (science, tech, engineering and math).

"Alice in Wonderland" will have a "sensory friendly" performance at 11 a.m. and a regular show at 2 p.m. next Saturday (March 9).

This earlier show is designed for those with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorders and other attention and interaction related disabilities. The program is designed for family and friends to enjoy the show together in a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed space where they feel comfortable and free to respond in their own way.

Adult tickets are $8-$16; students are $6-$14. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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