‘Alice in Wonderland’ coming to Bay Port
By Ben Rodgers
SUAMICO – Students at Bay Port High School are offering people a trip down the rabbit hole.
“Alice in Wonderland,” a play with 42 cast members, is at 7 p.m. Nov. 8-10 at the Bay Port High School Performing Arts Center.
“It’s the classic tale of Alice falling down the rabbit hole after chasing the White Rabbit,” said Jacki Beattie, director. “While in Wonderland, she encounters many unusual characters including the Caterpillar, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, as well as the King and Queen of Hearts. With the guidance of the Cheshire Cat, she navigates her way through this confusing land.”
The leads are sophomore Madelyn Paulson as Alice, junior Jack Anderson as the Cheshire Cat, senior Jesse Robak as the the King of Hearts and senior Bailey Preston as the Queen of Hearts.
Students have been working on this production since before school started.
“The students have been practicing almost every night since the second week of September,” Beattie said. “We hold auditions before school even starts. Our rehearsals are typically 2-3 hours, with some longer rehearsals lasting 5. Our makeup and costume crew have really put in overtime with this show, since it relies so heavily on unique costumes and amazing makeup.”
The director said the work her cast has put in has been remarkable as the production has grown from tryouts to dress rehearsals.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these students. They give it their all and are even willing to sacrifice things – sometimes very important things, like sleep,” she said. “We all work together as a team, and our show could not be possible if it weren’t for everyone involved, especially our costume/makeup crew and our technical crew.”
Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” can be purchased through SeatYourself located on the Bay Port High School home webpage or by calling 662-7246.
They can also be purchased at the door on performance nights.
Finally, there will be a special veterans/senior citizens spaghetti dinner for the Nov. 8 show.