Yesterday, I went to see the play, and I was pleasantly surprised. While it did not fully follow the classic tale, its twist was hilarious and enjoyable. The play started out with Alice (Hannah Everett) and the rabbit (Tim MacDonald-Bain) meeting and taking a trip through the rabbit hole. The rabbit disappears and Alice finds herself in a room with a table and a door that she cannot fit into. After complications with the door, she finds herself swimming in her own tears of frustration. She encounters a mouse (Katelyn Kraynyk), a dodo (Rachel Ruecker), a lory (Delaney Griffiths), an eagle (Syrah Khan), a crab (Thea Wessler) and a duck (Shelby Satterthwaite). Unfortunately, she frightens them with tales of her cat back home. Alice briefly meets the rabbit again, and then runs into a sassy caterpillar (Courtenay Lord). The caterpillar falls asleep, and their conversation is interrupted by a frog footman (Kate Assenheimer), who knocks on the Duchess’s door. She is greeted by a fish footman (Alexa Griffiths). Alice tries to enter, but the fish footman will not permit her. Alice goes in anyways, and runs into the Duchess (Alysen Bourhill), a very angry cook (Emma White) and a Cheshire cat (Rachel Garrett). She soon departs, only to run into the Cheshire cat again, who helps her find the Mad Hatter’s tea party. After, she has adventures with the Mad Hatter (Ingrid Bakke), the March Hare (Mackenzie Dobb) and a dormouse (Taylor Sherwin). Then three playing cards (Elissa Morgan, Kate Yahn, Jenna Thompson), trying to paint white roses red for the Queen of Hearts, a croquet game with the Queen of Hearts (Libby Dane) and the Duchess, a story with a gryphon (Michelle Doucet) and the mock turtle (Will Shelling). Then, the Knave of Hearts (Hailea Caldwell) is on trial and the King of Hearts (Cameron Thomson), the Mad Hatter and the March Hare are not help to the case. After Alice tries to save the Knave of Hearts, the Queen wants her beheaded, so she runs off and finds herself on a chessboard. She has a brief conversation with the Red Queen (Sophie Merritt), and then ends up meeting Tweedledum (Trevor Bee) and Tweedledee (Liam McKinnon). Following this, she meets the White Queen (Sasha Ballon) and then Humpty Dumpty (Stephen Miller). The White Knight (Sam Hughes) appears, alongside his horse (Trevor Bee, Liam McKinnon) for a scene where I could literally not stop laughing. Back at the chessboard, Alice finds a crown, and then becomes queen, and holds a celebration with all the people and animals that she just met. However, she drifts away and wakes up underneath a tree, realizing she had fallen asleep. Just like every year, the play was very well done. Great job SDSS!
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