Queen Margaret’s Actors Take on Fantastical World

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From Hayley Picard, QMS School

With memorable characters and a large cast, Queen Margaret’s School is taking a voyage into the fantastic world of Wonderland. Karen Hartman’s Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl brings the audience on an inspiring journey of a young girl’s transition out of childhood as she takes control of her own future.

“The play is based on a compilation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,” explains QMS drama teacher, Martina Blake. “It’s more of a feminist approach to the traditional story, which we think our audience will find appealing.” After the success of last year’s school production of Fame, Blake felt it would be fun to move the students from realism into the zany world of Alice’s mind.

“Alice is really trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs in the world,” outlines Blake. “Our students are excited about the topic, but certainly the content can be a little confusing at times. It has been a journey of exploration for them as well. Making those deeper meanings has given them a sense of ownership over the play material.” With playful dialogue, colourful characters and dynamic choreography, audience members will be treated to a visually stimulating drama performance.

An uncertain Alice (Alyssa Andress) meets the Cheshire Cat (Maiya Modeste) for the first time during rehearsal for Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl. (Photo by Hayley Picard)
An uncertain Alice (Alyssa Andress) meets the Cheshire Cat (Maiya Modeste) for the first time during rehearsal for Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl. (Photo by Hayley Picard)

Alice is portrayed by Grade 12 student Alyssa Andress, with lead support by Maiya Modeste as the Cheshire Cat, Sydney McCrea as the Queen of Hearts and Allie Johnston as the White Rabbit. All of Lewis Carroll’s famous characters will be there too, such as the Jabberwocky, Humpty Dumpty and the Door Mouse. Forty-seven students in Grades 5-12 are involved as actors, set designers, producers, light technicians and choreographers for the production. “I may be the lead director, but our drama students have made this performance entirely their own,” explains a proud Blake.

Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl takes to the stage February 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at 7:00pm with a matinee performance scheduled for February 20, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Queen Margaret’s School Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance, or at the door (if available). Contact 250-746-4185 or email reception@qms.bc.ca.

For more details please visit the school’s website at www.qms.bc.ca.

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