LAKEWOOD — Lakewood High School's spring play is set to be its most ambitious production yet, as its small stage accommodates more than 30 characters, and more than 20 set changes, to present "Alice in Wonderland" at 7 p.m. on the Fridays and Saturdays of March 7, 8, 14 and 15, with an additional 3 p.m. matinee showing on Saturday, March 8.
LHS freshman Christine Lew was credited by cast members with making everything fit in her role as stage manager, while LHS drama teacher Rebecca White noted that both the stage crew and the cast are more populated than they've ever been during her tenure of directing school plays.
"I didn't have a lot of experience, but I made the best of what we had," Lew said. "With the scene changes, I wanted the mood of each scene to be different."
"We have a lot of new students this time around, but they're good kids, reliable and pleasant," White said. "I can't take credit for this, because it's a team effort."
LHS senior Michaela Boyd has been spending more time around younger children, to pick up on their mannerisms so she can play young Alice more effectively, while fellow senior Kiana Smith, who also plays a sheep and one of the cards, has researched other productions of "Alice in Wonderland" for guidance on how to play the Caterpillar.
"He's high and mighty, and acts like he knows what he's talking about," said Smith, who will blow bubbles rather than using a hookah for the role.
"I play the White Queen as a hot mess who's really out there," LHS junior Riley Miller said. "I've never done crazy like this before."
LHS senior Kayla Cundy, who plays the Mad Hatter, admitted that she will miss the family feel of such school productions when she begins attending the Juilliard School in the fall.
"This is the best play we've ever done," said Cundy, who's performed in LHS plays since she was a sophomore. "Besides, everyone loves 'Alice in Wonderland.'"
Boyd and Lew agreed that the cast and crew's hard work will be evident throughout, while Miller said, "It's like nothing you've seen before."
Admission is $5 for seniors, children younger than 10 or those with ASB, and $7 for everyone else.