Sixty-five students at South Arbor put on a musical performance of “Alice in Wonderland” for their spring production that took place in April. The beloved musical is based on Lewis Carroll's books “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.”
“‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a fun story to tell, and the kids loved the music,” said David Middlin, music teacher at South Arbor. “The characters were our favorite part of this production.”
Popular characters from the story joined Alice for her famous tea parties, including the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat with his infamous smile, the Hatter, and the Hare.
“We sat down as a production staff and talked about which musicals can support a large cast, as well as which musicals we think will be relatable to our students who range from third- through eighth-grade,” said Middlin.
Students began preparing and holding rehearsals three days a week after school in January leading up to the April performance.
“All students benefit from theater in their own unique way,” said Middlin. “Students who need an outlet can usually find their identity on the stage. Certain special education students who may not make a sports team are also able to shine under the lights.”
The production staff of directors included two former South Arbor students and two current teachers to bring the treasured story to life.