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(Posted April 18)

Sir Wil production of 'Alice in Wonderland' an entertaining retelling of Lewis Carroll classic
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Alice, played by Caroline Trippenbach, meets Humpty Dumpty, played by Abdullah Alobedy, in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School production of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Fans of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" can get their fix of the classic nonsensical tale during a student production on this week at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orléans.

The abitious production features a cast of thousands and a small army of crew members both backstage and at the front of the house. (Okay, maybe not thousands, but the program is 12 pages thick and reads like a phone book.).

Alice is portrayed in two roles as the older Alice, played by Lauren Griffith, introduces the story and acts as a sort of narrator as she retells her adventure down the rabbit hole and through the garden door.

Caroline Trippenbach plays the younger Alice as she meets a seemingly enless array of perculiar and eccentric characters including the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse, the Queen of Hearts, the March Hare and the Mock Turtle.

Trippenbach does a marvelous job in the lead role, particularly when you consider the amount of dialogue she had to memorize and the extremely short six-week production timeline the cast had to work under. Trippenbach's Alice could best be described was "perfectly petulent".

I also loved Abdullah Alodeby's performance as Humpty Dumpty, which was nothing short of brilliant; and Phillipe Bangs hilarious job as the White Knight. Seeing Bangs fall off his trusty steed/tricycle not once, not twice, but four times had me laughing out loud.

Other notable performances were turned in by Trevor Desjardins who played the Mad Hatter; Ryan Griffith as the Mock Turtle, and Jaime Westmore who played the Queen of Hearts, a character with definite anger management issues.

The rest of the cast includes Lucas Pasche as the King of Hearts; Keigan Buffett as the Chesire Cat; Rachel Jefferies as the White Chess Queen; Bridget Dueck as the Duchess; Aris Penney as the White Rabbit; Natasha Gaucher as the March Hare; Vanessa Pauze as the Dormouse; Brodie Buffett as the Caterpillar; Kelly Korim as the Red Chess Queen; Alex Lane as the Gryphon; Amanda Collie as the Three of Hearts; Josie Armstrong as the Four of Hearts; Spencer Strickland as the Fish-Footman; Warren Peters as the Frog-Footman; Kathleen McKee as the Two of Spades; Stephanie Ellis as the Five of Spades; Kelsey Conroy as the Sevven of Spades; Mia Guibega as the Six of Diamonds; Rylan Fisher as the Knave of Hearts; Alex Armstrong as Pig Baby; Kody Sharp as Mutton; Katie Gratton as one of the cards; April Jarrett as a Guard and Troy Arsenian and Rachelle Fischer as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

The job of directing the huge ensemble was deftly handled by veteran drama teacher Sonia Schrum who was ably assisted by student director Taylor Stewart, artisitic director Jessica Villeneuve, props manager Heather Head, technical director Drew Ledingham and stage managers/producers Nick Genge and Keagan Jenson.

The Sir Wil production of Alice and Wonderland continues tonight and tomorrow evening (April 18 and 19) in the cafetorium at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School on Tenth Line Road. Curtain time both nights is 7 p.m.

The cast of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier production of 'Alice in Wonderland' gather on stage for the final banquet scene. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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