Dorothy in Wonderland Takes the Stage

Photo by: Alyssa Tyler

Written by: Emily Long, Reporter

Dorothy in Wonderland is the newest play being performed at the school this week on  Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. The play is a combination of the two stories of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. 

“I’ve always wanted to do something with Alice in Wonderland, but I’ve never found a script that I liked. I saw the title for this play and I thought that it was an interesting mashup of two different stories,” said Knowles. 

Auditions for the play were held in early December and they have rehearsal multiple times a week. The cast practices from 5:30 p.m, to 7:00 p.m., where they rehearse the different scenes and memorize lines. When performance day gets closer, however, the practice times for the cast will vary.       

“Rehearsals are a lot of fun, but they can also be hard. For the last three weeks, most of the cast has been here every day. We have all been working hard to get into character and perfect it,” said senior Zoie Borders. 

The play takes place at the end of The Wizard of Oz where the characters get swept up in a tornado and get taken to Wonderland. That’s where they meet all of the Wonderland characters, and in order for them to get home, they have to defeat the Queen of Hearts. 

“We’ve done The Wizard of Oz as a musical before, but we’ve never added the Wonderland aspect of it, which is something new that we are trying this year,” said Knowles. 

The cast and crew have been putting in an average of ten hours a week to work on the production. 

“We had to put together the set, which includes all of the lighting and sound as well as making the props. We also put together all of the costuming. It took a lot of work, and it also included some late nights and weekends. It can be difficult, but in the end, it is worth it when you see the performance come together,” said Knowles. 

This play is different compared to other performances in previous years. The challenge of incorporating two different stories has especially brought the cast members closer together. 

“I love the other cast members in this play especially. This has been one of my favorite casts because everyone was able to come together and have a good time,” said Borders.

The cast is preparing for opening night, where they can see all of their work over these last couple of months.  

“I’m really looking forward to getting to see the audience’s reactions. There are a lot of over the top characters that are really entertaining to watch. I think that a lot of people will like it,” said Borders. 

The theatre program plans to put on another production towards the end of the school year called Gone with the Gust, and auditions for that will be held the last week of February.