A young girl falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in the magical Wonderland, a place full of adventure, excitement and quirky creatures.
This is the classic story line of our 2021 musical production, Alice in Wonderland, taking place in the second week of Term 3 at the Queens Park Theatre (QPT) with performances on Thursday 29 July through to Saturday 31. With two matinee performances and three evening showings, it means that those students and staff involved in the production have got quite a schedule over the week.
With countless people in the limelight and behind the scenes involved in prop making, lighting, costume, make up and promotion, the effort going into this production is nothing short of inspiring. Two rehearsals per week on top of school and other extra-curricular activities seems like a full-on schedule for these cast members, yet they are so eager to perform that they have started rehearsing three times a week to ensure that the Musical they present will be the best it can be.
I have been lucky enough to be asked to write about this talented group and seeing their joy and enthusiasm makes me realise why they love coming to rehearsals. The bonds and friendships that have been created whilst in rehearsal, brings an unspoken connection with one another which is clear to see in their performance. The laughter on their faces when Jordan goes into character and uses a slow droopy accented voice to mimic the caterpillar. The joy on their faces as soon as Mr James Softly starts playing music on the piano. The enthusiasm and dedication that each and every one of them bring to everything is something uplifting to see.
It would not be a true musical if it were not for a live band…which is exactly what Alice in Wonderland has. Mr James Softly, our Head of Music, has assembled a small band of gifted individuals that will play live during the productions. Including our own talented students, Mr James Softly himself and even a couple of professional musicians.
The Year 7 students will be lucky enough to enjoy this musical firsthand at the matinee performance on Thursday 29 at the QPT and you can too by keeping an eye out in the Daily Notices, newsletters, College Facebook page and around the school for advertising letting you know when and where to buy tickets towards the middle of Term 2.
This is the first time the College will return to the QPT since 2017, when the very successful musical, The Addams Family, was performed to an appreciative audience so there are high expectations and a lot of excitement amongst the cast and crew. Performing at the QPT to a live audience will be a fantastic experience for all involved.
The cast for Alice in Wonderland is as follows:
ALICE/KNAVE OF HEARTS - Keira
ALICE UNDERSTUDY/KNAVE OF HEARTS - Ellen
QUEEN OF HEARTS/MOTHER/CAUCUS RACE ANIMAL - Jazmin
THE MAD HATTER - Rhett
THE WHITE RABBIT - Belle
THE CATERPILLAR/CAUCUS RACE ANIMAL - Jordan
THE DOORMOUSE/TWO-OF-HEARTS CARD/ROSE-PAINTER - Chloe
THE MOCK TURTLE - Freya
THE DODO BIRD/FIVE-OF-HEARTS CARD/ROSE-PAINTER - Megan
THE CHESHIRE CAT - Macy
TWEEDLE-DEE/CAUCUS RACE ANIMAL - Mya
TWEEDLE-DUM - Heidi
LOREENA - Briella
THE MARCH HARE - Jazmin
KING OF HEARTS - Elliot
ENSEMBLE/CHORUS - Paige, Teagan, Madison, Emily, Sophie.
We wish everyone involved in Alice in Wonderland a fantastic Term as they continue to rehearse in preparation for Term 3’s performances.