Enter Wonderland with story time, film screening at the Capitol

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ROME — The Capitol Arts Complex is teaming up with Jervis Public Library and Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, 236 W. Dominick St., to host a special story time for youths at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

A free event, families are invited to hear a version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” adapted for young readers, made possible by a grant from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

The story will be read by staff members from Jervis library. Weather permitting, the program will be presented outdoors in the Capitol Courtyard.

Following the story, guests are encouraged to view the Capitol Theatre’s 2:30 or 7 p.m. screening of the classic 1951 movie, which is free for children ages 12 and under. The screenings are also made possible by the Boeheim Foundation.

Like “Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” by 19th century author Lewis Carroll, the Disney movie relates the tale of a young girl’s journey into a magical land inhabited by strange and wondrous characters including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and several others.

The Technicolor feature film was directed by animators Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson, and includes the voice talents of Kathryn Beaumont (Alice), Ed Wynn (Mad Hatter), Richard Haydn (Caterpillar), Sterling Holloway (Cheshire Cat), Verna Felton (Queen of Hearts), and Bill Thompson (White Rabbit). The 75-minute feature will be preceded by an additional seven-minute cartoon.

“Alice in Wonderland” will be presented via a new 4K digital restoration (DCP) directly from Walt Disney Studios.

Tickets for the screening are $7, $6 for seniors/students/military, $5 for Capitol Friends, and free to children age 12 and under.

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