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M-PHS Drama presents 'Alice in Wonderland'


Christopher Andersson

Students Chloe Larsen, left, and Kenna Goodwin, right, play Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee to Victoria Willey's Alice in a dress rehearsal of Marysville-Pilchuck High School's production of "Alice in Wonderland" on Nov. 2.

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club presents "Alice in Wonderland" in all it's nonsense logic and literally crazy characters this November.

The play already held its first three shows on Nov. 4, 5 and 6, but will have three additional showings on Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

The play is based on the original 1898 play version of the famous Lewis Carroll novel, but mixes in aspects of the Disney version of the book and has been "adopted for more modern times," said Roy Klementsen, director of the play and M-PHS drama teacher.

"This is an old story that everyone knows and it's fun to recreate it," said Marysville Getchell High School senior Kenna Goodwin, who plays the Queen of Hearts.

The play retains the free-wheeling and colorful nature of the films.

"I think the audience will love the chaos, it's very crazy and different," said M-PHS senior Victoria Willey, who plays Alice. "I love the creativity and imagination of it," she said.

Klementsen said that the audience will enjoy the costume design as students have really taken to putting a lot of color into the eccentric characters of Wonderland.

"It's really bright and colorful, and everyone's different and we're all colorful," said Goodwin.

The characters also allow many of the students to portray weirdness and chaos that not many other plays have.

"The audience is really going to love the creativity with the characters, everyone has gotten so in-character," said M-PHS senior Ricky Hoffman, who plays the Mad Hatter.

"My character is really fun to play because he's kind of crazy so I just get to do whatever I want on stage," he said. "I can just let loose and have fun."

Klementsen said that a number of students are new to drama with this production and have had the opportunity to step into new roles.

"They've grown a lot. Some of them were really quiet and shy when they first started and now I can't get them to shut up," he joked.

Goodwin's Queen of Hearts is a much more antagonistic role than she is use to.

Christopher Andersson

Student Jennifer Hagen's Caterpillar character reads a book while Victoria Willey's Alice looks on in confusion during a dress rehearsal of Marysville-Pilchuck High School's production of "Alice in Wonderland" on Nov. 2.

"I'm usually not that angry about anything, I'm usually the most chill person. It was a challenge to be as evil as her. I've never had to play a mean role, but it's definitely fun yelling at people on stage," she said.

For Willey, it's hard trying to "go back to being 7-years-old" for Alice, but she said this has been her dream role.

"Alice in Wonderland has been my favorite movie ever since I've seen it," she said.

Students said the first play with incoming drama students has been a good experience.

"I really enjoy the new faces we have this year and I feel like it's a great way to start off the year," said Goodwin.

"I like the group in general, it's really fun and I'm really close with the people here and it's been a great bonding experience," said Hoffman.

Shows are presented at the M-PHS auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for small children, students with an ASB card and senior citizens.


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