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Welcome to Wonderland

The Queen of Hearts is Wonderland's tyrannical ruler.

“Maybe somehow, if the world could run on dreams and make believe and fun. Then I could be most anyone,” sings Alice in Marvin Ridge Middle School's production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. The production, led by drama teacher Joe McCourt, did create a scene of dreams and make believe. The setting, costumes and actors were all fantastic. When the lights went down the audience was transported into Alice’s land of make believe.

Alice, in her different stages of growth, was played by three students. Alice (Ellen Bailey) begins the play by tumbling through the rabbit hole and is introduced to the illogical logic of Tweedle Dee (Jack Owen) and Tweedle Dum (Trevor May). Small Alice (Emma Licata) raps with a bubble blowing caterpillar (Natalie Shields) and Tall Alice (Morgan Valentine) grows too large for White Rabbit's (Christian Hodge) house. The eccentric Mad Hatter (Max Engle) also makes an appearance as does the always hot-tempered Queen of Hearts (Sophie Pina) who bellows “Off with their heads!” in a perfect British accent at any sign of disagreement.

Leah Kresser, who played Violet, one of the Girls of the Golden Afternoon, said being in the play was one of the highlights of her 8th grade year. “We practiced for about three months and sometimes it was hard work but we all had fun. Mr. McCourt really encouraged us, helped us do well and made the practices enjoyable.” Finally, after twelve weeks of singing, dancing and acting everything came together on opening night, March 29.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. was a perfect choice for Marvin Ridge Middle School's Spring Musical production. The familiar, zany characters partnered with classic silly songs created a fantastic adventure that the students had fun portraying and audiences loved watching. Riley McCrossan who attended every performance of the play said she enjoyed her fourth viewing of the show as much as she did opening night. Each performance was a little different but everyone enjoyed following Alice’s journey through the rabbit hole into the non-sensical world of Wonderland.

Written by: Brita Mann
Posted: Apr 18, 2012 by Brita Mann

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