Lake Ridge Middle School’s “Alice in Wonderland” was full of fantastic fun for the audience
Posted on 06/06/2019
Alice from Alice in Wonderland with the Ensemble

This year Lake Ridge Middle School took on the challenge of producing their first-ever spring musical. For their inaugural production, they chose to present “Alice in Wonderland.” This show was wildly successful and watched by sold-out audiences at every performance.

Alice (Christina Hays) is daydreaming while her sister Mathilda (Emma Johnson), who is reading a book, chides Alice to grow up. Suddenly a White Rabbit (Lindsay Watson) hurries past Alice, who follows him to the edge of his hole, curious to know where he is going. She ponders her sister’s advice to think and stop being such a child before jumping into the dark tunnel after the White Rabbit. At the bottom of the tunnel, Alice lands in front of a talking door but is too big to follow the White Rabbit through it. The Doorknob (Acadia Slater) advises Alice to drink from a bottle, so she will be small enough to fit through the doorway. After she has the drink, she becomes too small to reach the key for the doorway. The doorknob then advises Alice (small Alice: Susan Lauderback) to eat a cookie, so that she can grow back to her normal size and pass through the doorway to get to Wonderland.

Once she is on the other side of the door, Alice watches the creatures of Wonderland race in circles. The White Rabbit suddenly reappears and leads Alice to twin jabbering clowns, Tweedle Dee (Krista Chaney) and Tweedle Dum (Macie Boykin), who “teach” her some manners. Alice eventually escapes the Tweedles and offers to fetch the White Rabbit's gloves from inside his house. She sneaks a bite of a cookie inside and grows very large (tall Alice: Tatiyana Kauo) and becomes stuck in the White Rabbit’s house. As the White Rabbit prepares to burn down his house to get her out of it, Alice eats a carrot from his garden, shrinks very small and hides among a patch of rude flowers (Elizabeth Ferguson, Penny Nowell-Shortt, Jenna Andrews, Caroline Foster, Ava Schelling, Sophie Robinson, and Cheyenne Weaver). A very relaxed, bubble-blowing Caterpillar (Jordan Fischer) tries to cheer her up with a song and a cookie, returning Alice to her normal size. Continuing on her way, Alice runs into the Cheshire Cat (Chloe Sporysz, Isabel Gallardo, and Gabby Rios) who directs Alice to the Mad Hatter's (Maggie Cesario-McKeon) tea party with the March Hare (Aniyah Cephas).

After the tea party, Alice follows the White Rabbit to the Royal Rose Garden, where the Royal Cardsmen (Victor Puente, DeAndre Lewis, Trinity Vanegas, and Sophia Garnes) are busily painting the roses red at the queen’s command. The evil Queen of Hearts (Audrey Evans) storms in and issues the order to chop off the Cardsmen’s heads. She refuses to let Alice leave until they play a game of Simon Says. Alice wins the game, making the Queen even angrier. The King of Hearts (Franko Clavyo) steps in and suggests a trial for Alice for beating the queen at Simon Says. The Queen orders the Royal Cardsmen to chop off Alice's head, but Alice defends herself to the Queen. Waking up from her daydream in the park, Alice discovers the White Rabbit's watch in her pocket.

Alice in Wonderland’s Standout:
Standing head and shoulders above this enjoyable, and well put together production, were the three Alices. Having different performers portray Alice is a challenge for even the most seasoned of performers. These young ladies managed the transitions seamlessly, maintaining a continuity in the character that allowed the audience to believe that they were all, in fact, one person. So whether it was small Alice navigating her way through the rude flowers, tall Alice bursting through the roof of the White Rabbit’s house, or normal Alice’s trial with the Queen of Hearts, these young ladies are commended for their performances.