New spin on ‘Alice’
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent February 6, 2013 4:00PM
The cast of Munster (Ind.) High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” includes (seated, from left) Allison Hemingway and Colleen Kifer, and (standing) Billy McDunn, Rohan Chatterjee and Calvin Sanders. | Photo provided
IF YOU GO
What: “Alice in Wonderland”
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, through Saturday, Feb. 9
Where: Munster High School auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave.
Tickets: $5, available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or by calling 838-2235 or emailing email@example.com.
More information: Visit the website www.munaud.org.
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:05AM
The classic story “Alice in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll, was too enticing to pass up when the Munster Theater Company was looking for its winter play.
“In choosing it, we knew that we wanted to take a different approach on it, while still adhering to the original story,” said student director Christian Fary, a senior. “One of the things that drew me to this script in particular was that there are only two true ‘leads’ (the Cheshire Cat and Alice), but each minor character has very distinct qualities and, sometimes, even their own scene.”
Assistant student director Rachel Borgo, also a senior, agreed, saying there were some challenges in putting everything together.
“We were very mindful of our talent pool when we were picking a script,” she said. “We wanted to recognize the talented people in our Theater Company by giving them all a chance to showcase their abilities,.
“Casting this show was about as enjoyable as pulling teeth. We had so many talented people audition, and it was difficult to turn anyone away. Still, putting the cast together was like assembling a puzzle — many people simply fit their roles.”
Adapted for the stage by Anne Coulter Martens, the full-length production features the antics of Alice as she slides into view at the end of her long fall down the rabbit-hole.
It is a more delightful place for the audience than for Alice, who is trying desperately to get back home.
She tries to get help from the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit and a very nice Cheshire Cat. During her journey through Wonderland, Alice encounters a strange array of characters, with unique incidents.
“Alice in Wonderland” will feature a cast of more than 30 Theatre Company veterans and newcomers.
Sophomore Billy McDunn will play the White Rabbit.
“ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a crazy story that everyone knows, but it can be interpreted in many ways,” he said. “It’s going to be great to see what our directors do with it.”
Allison Hemingway will play Alice.
“Memorizing a ton of lines can be difficult, but I still love everything about performing, she said. “I’ve always wanted to play Alice, and we have a wonderful cast and directors.”
Junior Colleen Kifer will be the Queen of Hearts.
“The hardest part of performing is definitely memorization,” she said. “You have to memorize not just your own lines, but pretty much the entire scene, so you know when to come in.
“But performing is one of my favorite things to do, and being able to do it with all my friends in this wonderful production is just icing on the cake.”