55 pupils from Years 7 and 8 auditioned for just twenty characters, so casting proved a difficult task. It was a bold move, bearing in mind the vagaries of the British summer, to perform the play in the open air of our main school field and the imaginative use of the shrubs and greenery as ‘scenery’ was inspired!
The cast were well-rehearsed; they provided their own costumes and looked fabulous. The performances were all wonderful from the haughtiness of the Queen of Hearts, whose excesses were finely counter-balanced by her far more reasonable King, to the bemused Alice as she encountered the endearing White Rabbit and the enigmatic Cheshire Cat.
They were ably supported by the not quite so dynamic duo of Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the languid Caterpillar, along with the tetchy Duchess, harassed cook and, of course, the superbly comical Madhatter, Dormouse and March Hare.
The ensemble were a joy to work with and delighted an appreciative audience on a warm summer’s evening.