Arts & Entertainment

'Alice in Wonderland' Comes to MMS

0d796f7c6715ac9afb91_39027_.jpg
Back row left to right: Mackenzie Gordon; Emma Lobbers; Tommy Joia; Jack Byrnes; Adriana Capri; Caitlin Anderson; Front row: Juliana Balzano; Rebekah Lazar and Moira Kelly Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
0d796f7c6715ac9afb91_39027_.jpg

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— For its 15th anniversary performance, Mahopac Middle School Theater Company is inviting the community down the rabbit hole for its first-ever rendition of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Heather Palewick, musical director and chorus teacher at Mahopac Middle School, said that while the school has always performed plays, 15 years ago a stage was built that can accommodate larger shows and musicals and they have been producing them ever since.

This show features the largest set they have ever had, said Palewick.

Sign Up for E-News

“We have the luxury of using our wonderful art department,” she said.

With the help of some teacher volunteers, the play is mostly student-produced.

“It really is a school-wide event,” Palewick said.

Palewick said that when choosing this play, she took into consideration the fact that it was a Disney show.

“We think the community and families enjoy it when we do Disney shows, she said. “We sell out every time.”

Another factor she considered was the size of the cast. She said she liked the idea of an “ensemble cast.”

“ There is not one lead,” she said. “ Everybody has got a really important part to play.”

For instance, Mahopac’s rendition will feature three Alices: One “regular” Alice; one “small” Alice (for after she drinks the potion); and one “tall” Alice for when she eats the cookie.

There will also be three Cheshire Cats to add to the play’s imaginative storylines.

Adriana Capri, who will be playing “regular” Alice, said she can relate to her character.

“She looks my age and we’re both very polite,” Capri said. “I wouldn’t have eaten the cookie though.”

Capri said audiences can look forward to one of her personal favorite scenes when Alice first meets the Tweedles.

“They’re so funny” she said.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, who will be portrayed by Emma Lubbers and Mackenzie Gordon, said that’s their favorite scene as well.

“I think we have performed a pretty good dynamic,” Gordon said.

The two, who were friends prior to landing their “Alice” roles, said their high-energy personalities lend to the energy the parts demand.

The two revealed that there will be some room for interaction during the show that the audience will enjoy especially during the scene where they sing, “ Painting the Roses Red.”

Another fan favorite, portrayed by Tommy Joia, is the Caterpillar.

“He helps Alice become happy after the flowers are rude,” Joia said.

Joia, whose previous roles include the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin,” is familiar with having a comical role.

He said showgoers will love the music and thinks the audience will get a sense of how much the cast enjoys performing it.

“It’s nice to be with friends and laugh, he said.Caitlin Anderson, who plays the Queen of Hearts, agreed.

“You get to sing and dance with all your friends,” Anderson said. “It’s fun to be in something so crazy and fun. It’s so different from any other movie that Disney has created.”

For Palewick and the other teachers who assist with the play, seeing the kids outside of the confines of the classroom can be very rewarding.

“Many times a kid who struggles academically shines artistically,” she said. “It’s a socially awkward age. The kids like being someone else and here they can step out of their comfort zones in a safe environment.”

Curtain times for “Alice in Wonderland” are April 15 at 7 p.m., and April 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Middle School. Tickets are $5 at the door.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

God Is Just! Schneiderman Is Out!

Whenever you doubt that God is just, remember last Monday. That is the day New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned.

As you know, I have had him in my sights for a long time. He has squandered our tax dollars with more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration. Plus, his lawsuits against Big Oil and trying to nullify our double jeopardy laws. Most will go nowhere as ...

Environmentalists Get Their Clock Cleaned

If you noticed, I have refrained from getting involved in all the recent Trump headlines. I really do not have anything to add to this discussion. What everyone is now hearing about possible corruption within the Justice Department, readers of this column knew months to a year ago. For me, it is finally validation of keeping you, my readers, on the cutting edge.

What is important to remember ...

It Wasn’t About the Economy or Jobs

Soon after President Trump was “crowned” by the Electoral College in November 2016, I wrote a column about Putnam County voters that garnered some attention—both good and bad. Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to economic anxiety or the unavailability of suitable jobs, but to the overarching fear ...

Bias in Media, in Me, in You

While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have enough of those already.”

I’m a journalist and have been one my entire ...

Southern Discomfort: ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Editor’s Note: The author of this review is a board member of Axial Theatre.

Siblings cackling over their grandpappy’s coma.

A 24-year-old bride who says she shot and wounded her wealthy, hot-shot husband because she doesn’t like his looks (and doesn’t much care for the sound of his voice, either).

A 27-year-old aspiring singer-actress who puts on airs that ...

Cross My Legs and Hope to Die

One morning, I had a big cup of coffee as I usually do, and then I got in the car and drove 40 minutes to a clothing store I had been curious to check out. I don’t normally drive 40 minutes to go shopping, but since I am a stay-at-home mom and everyone knows we stay-at-home moms just spend our time shopping and eating bonbons, I figured, “What the hey.”

Having had the ...

Pretty in Raspberry Pink

“I got a pedicure today,” I said to my husband, showing off my freshly painted toes glimmering from beneath my flip flops.  “What do you think?”

“They’re orange,” he said. 

“They’re not orange,” I corrected him. “They’re cantaloupe.” He blinked a couple of times trying to process this irrelevant piece of ...