BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Ashley Narsu, who is heading into her junior year at Ridge High School, will play the lead role in a production of Alice in Wonderland at Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park at the Jersey Shore, Aug. 18-25.

Narsu will be performing with the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater for the second time. She performed with the company in The Jungle Book earlier this year.

The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater will present the world premiere of Alice in Wonderland on Aug. 18, Aug. 21, and Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.

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“We’re thrilled to continue our series of exciting, family-friendly dance events,” said director Gabriel Chajnik.  “Alice is a visual feast, filled with high-energy dance and a massive cast of talented performers appearing as flamingoes, cards, flowers, and hedgehogs, to name just a few.”

This contemporary ballet features an original score composed by David Winkler, a Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship recipient, with a live chamber orchestra conducted by Maestro Jason Tramm.

This performance includes nine professional dancers, 10 live musicians, 15 young actors and singers, 30 student dancers, the talents of associate choreographer, Jolene Baldini, with set design by Fred Sorrentino, and lighting design by Erik Herskowitz.

“I’m so excited to be playing Alice,” Narsu said. “There’s such inspiring talent and great cast here and I love working with them everyday."