School's take on Wonderland will delight the curiouser
TAKE a classic fairytale script, add a cast of 56 enthusiastic youngsters and throw in a few unexpected twists and turns.
Chances are that the outcome will be something quite memorable.
At least, that's what Mountain Creek High School has promised audiences when the curtain goes up on its production of the family favourite Alice In Wonderland.
Anyone who thought a group of enthusiastic high-schoolers and their talented teachers would leave a classic tale untouched would be as mad as, well, a Mad Hatter.
Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and all the usual characters make an appearance but the show's promotions manager, Harry Thompson, revealed it may not be exactly the story people expect.
"It's a very out-there adaptation," he said.
"It's quite a whimsical production with twists and turns that people who know the original version would not be expecting.
"There will be plenty of surprises, plenty of audience interaction and lots of twists and turns.
"There's drama, comedy, action - something for everyone.
"It will be visually spectacular in a way that really hasn't been done before.
"You could say we've really gone down the rabbit hole with it."
It's quite a rap for a high school play but Mountain Creek High is well known for staging productions which are so big the school only holds one every second year.
"There's just too much goes into them for them to be annual events," Mr Thompson said.
"A lot of people give a lot of time.
"This year, apart from the cast of Year 7 to 12 students, we have more than 100 volunteers working on it.
"Some days we've had 10-hour rehearsals - about 180 hours all together.
"It's a huge commitment."
The production will premiere today with a performance for primary school students.
The curtain then goes up on four shows - tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at 7pm as well as a noon matinee on Saturday.
Tickets are available through the school for $25 each or $85 for a family of four.