New London to present "Alice in Wonderland"

 Photo by Richard Russell

Photo by Richard Russell

Folks attending New London Local Schools' production of “Alice” will still be transported to Wonderland, but without the music.
The Wildcats will perform a non-musical production of the familiar tale at 7 p.m. April 10 and 11. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets will cost $7 for students and $4 for adults. The prices increase if you wish to sit at a table in the front row — an arrangement that features snacks and drinks. Front row prices are $9 for adults and $5 for students.

This version of “Alice in Wonderland,” which a cast of 13 will perform in the school cafetorium, carries the “same basic story.” However, some characters are not included in this play version, production director Samantha Quallich said.
She said the company, which also includes a crew of about 10, has been practicing five days a week for two to three hours each since January.
New London performed a musical version of “Alice in Wonderland” a couple years ago, so this time they’re performing a non-musical version of the show, Quallich said. 

Quallich said challenges have included constructing five doors and fitting 25 to 30 props backstage. They include eight to 10 trees made of wood and foam, a checkerboard, a rabbit hole, at least 10 bushes and “tons of flowers” and eight mushrooms. 

Cast members have been “doing very well,” Quallich said, adding they’ve memorized their lines “way in advance.”

According to an online description of the show, “Alice follows the white rabbit down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a cornucopia of strange creatures. A caterpillar gives advice, the Mad Hatter and March Hare are always at tea time, and the Queen of Hearts continually cries, ‘Off with her head!’”
“The Cheshire Cat says everyone in Wonderland is mad, and therefore Alice must be too. Has Alice lost her head? Only the Cheshire Cat knows for sure.”

For tickets, call the high school at 419-929-8433.