HB High School presents not your typical ‘Alice in Wonderland’
This is not the typical story of "Alice In Wonderland." This show’s playwright and co-director, Greg Parker, wrote it that way.
Rather than Alice (Caroline Kroeger) being young and naive, she has grown into her twenties and made millions off of a kid’s television show based on her childhood journey through Wonderland. But, despite her success, she has reached a roadblock: she is out of creativity. In the blink of an eye, she is whisked back to her former haunts and must find her way out again, while once more encountering old friends such as the Cheshire Cat (Aaron Velez), the Mad Hatter (Lauren Moura), and the Red Queen (Jess Putney).
Thanks to brilliant audio and visual effects, the show is peppered with all sorts of magical antics, from talking flowers to life-size chess pieces. The Cheshire Cat pops in and out of Alice’s journey to guide her or give a piece of his mind (because sometimes, only his head appears).
Parker’s original production combines elements from both Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. With his rewrites for the high school stage, he hopes to make the show relatable to all.
"The show itself is all about a stressed out, anxious Alice going back through and rediscovering what made her fall in love with the profession that she got into," Parker said. "I think it applies [to our audience] because especially in a really stressed out generation … we can be so focused on college and career that things that we enjoy, such as extracurriculars or sports can kind of fall by the wayside and become casualties of our academic goal. So, the idea behind it is that no matter how stressed out you get, or how much you feel like you’re stuck in one path, there is an ultimate goal that you need to remember to do the other things in your life."
The show is co-directed by Parker and Matthew Barbosa, and assistant directed by HB graduate Takuma Okada. Shows are Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For those who plan on attending the Saturday matinee, you are in for a special treat: Hollis Brookline High School’s SRO Rick Bergeron has promised to have his head shaved during the show as a fun reward for those who helped him reach his fundraising goal for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
"Alice" is guaranteed to be a magical delight for the entire family.
This column is written by Nicole Poitras, a senior at Hollis Brookline High School. She was among 51 high school journalists representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C., who attended the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington in June.