QMS enters Wonderland

QMS enters Wonderland

February 12, 2016
By
Lexi Bainas - Cowichan Valley Citizen

Follow Alice into Wonderland as Queen Margaret’s School’s young actors take on that fantastic world Feb. 18, 19 and 20.
 
The school is producing Karen Hartman’s Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl, bringing the audience on an inspiring journey of a young girl’s transition out of childhood as she takes control of her own future.
 
It’ll be a big show with a big cast and lots of amazing characters.
 
“The play is based on a compilation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,” said QMS drama teacher Martina Blake. “It’s more of a feminist approach to the traditional story, which we think our audience will find appealing.”
 
Fame, the school’s big production last year, was such a success that Blake decided it would be fun to move the students from realism into the zany world of Alice’s mind. “Alice is really trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs in the world,” Blake said. “Our students are excited about the topic, but certainly the content can be a little confusing at times. It has been a journey of exploration for them as well. Making those deeper meanings has given them a sense of ownership over the play material.”
Of course, with it being a musical, the colourful characters will engage in plenty of dynamic choreography and lots of fun.
 
Playing Alice is Grade 12 student Alyssa Andress, with Maiya Modeste as the Cheshire Cat, Sydney McCrea as the Queen of Hearts and Allie Johnston as the White Rabbit supplying major support.
All of Lewis Carroll’s famous characters will be there too, such as the Jabberwocky, Humpty Dumpty and the Door Mouse. In all, 47 students from grades 5 to 12 are involved as actors, set designers, producers, light technicians and choreographers for the production. “I may be the lead director, but our drama students have made this performance entirely their own,” Blake said.
 
Showtime is 7 p.m. with a matinee performance scheduled for Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Queen Margaret’s School Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance, or at the door (if you can find any). Contact 250-746-4185 or email reception@qms.bc.ca