Inspired by the poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, “Beware the Jabberwock!” by Ron Nicol is a children’s play set in the fantasy world of Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and related stories.

The Playhouse Children’s Theater Company will present “Beware the Jabberwock!” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., April 16 through 25 at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

In this amazing play, the characters find themselves in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Lost in Tulgey Wood, Emma (Meagan McKeon) and Lucy (Sydney Densmore) are trying to find their way home. Soon they encounter boisterous Toves (Pia Gibson, Finn Gibson and Luke Lightner) and anxious Raths (Leander Andrews and Daniel McKeon). They then receive an ominous warning from the snobbish Borogroves (Max Howard and Malcolm Dunson-Todd) about the deadly Jubjub Bird (Margaret McFaul). They also are stalked by the frumious Bandersnatches (Megan Wick and Caleb Arnett).

Joined by the hapless Prince Percy (Perrin Bonner-Ganter), they all come face-to-face with the awesome Jabberwock (Hayden Wick), and Lucy herself is bandersnatched. But the Jabberwock’s terrible secret is revealed, all problems are resolved by the Queen Mother (Michelle Provost) and children in the audience finally find out what “frumious” really means.

“Beware the Jabberwock!” is produced and directed by Mary Weaver. Clayton Clemetson is stage manager. The production is suitable for all ages who can follow the story.

Tickets will be $5 at the door, which opens 15 minutes before each performance. Seating is limited; call 338-5777 for reservations.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.