Alice, White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter are all coming to this week as the drama club presents Alice in Wonderland Jr., an adapted version of the Disney classic.
The student cast will perform the one-act play three times on Thursday, with a public showing scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at the auditorium.
Students have been practicing regularly since October, and co-director Jessica Lane said the kids are excited for their hard work to finally pay off on stage.
"They are very excited," Lane said before a rehearsal this week. "I think they are a bit nervous too, but I think they are going to be excited, a lot of their friends are coming and their families are coming—it's going to be good."
The production is the only live musical the middle school drama club performs every year. Alice in Wonderland Jr. adds some recognizable favorites to the play's traditional song list including the classic 'Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah', which has become a student favorite.
The storyline includes all of the classic characters from the original story, including Alice, who will be played by Sydney Brailotta, the March Hare, played by Fallon Morel, and the Mad Hatter, played by Camryn Megley.
But as a musical, the production includes about 40 on-stage roles—all of which play an important part of the show.
"We found musicals to be more conducive to larger groups," said Co-Director Robert Sachs. "You get a lot more students involved."
Students also took on leadership roles as dance captains and stage crew members and have been working to make sure every detail is ready for Thursday's performances.
"It gives everyone a chance to shine at some point," said Lane.