Sunday, May 31, 2020
‘Alice’ Showcases Amazing Talent of Middle School Students
Etienne Blumberg is engaging as the bubbly, bubble-blowing, wing-unfurling Caterpillar who introduces Alice to the familiar upbeat song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
Saturday, April 27, 2019


Alice first went down that rabbit hole 154 years ago.

But her foray into Wonderland is no less magical today.

And Sun Valley Community School students have endowed their version of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland JR” with nice acting, great enunciations, rollicking choreography and colorful costumes.

Maeve O’Connell has the scowl down pat as the wicked Queen of Hearts.

A game of Simon Says with heads off for those who miss the cue takes the place of batting fuzzy hedgehogs through croquet hoops.

But Alice is still befuddled by cookies that turn her too big or too small and a Mad Hatter who insists rules are not to be followed.

Upper school student Abigail Sheerin has created a huge wardrobe of colorful costumes down to the Queen of Hearts’ dress of cards and the Caterpillar’s metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.

And seventh-grade Charlotte Andrews has done an equally colorful job in designing the set with giant playing cards that open each chapter to the revolving door which transforms Alice into too big or too little.

Bodin Lee and Paxton Sammis are a tongue-twisting, arm-twisting delight as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

The play is under the direction of Middle School theater teacher Joel Vilinsky, with head-spinning choreography by Megan Mahoney and musical direction by John Mauldin.

The hour-long musical starts at 5 p.m. today—Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $5 for students and children and $10 for adults, available at the door.

The flowers look with disdain on Alice, played by Anika Vandenburg, calling her a weed.

The always late White Rabbit played by Marley Geist engages Alice, played by Anika Vandenburg.

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