‘Ellis’ in Wonderland

Middle school travels into fantasy world

"Alice in Wonderland Jr."

What: Ellis Middle School student theater production.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Where: Ellis auditorium.


How much: $5 for adults, $2 for students, children age five and under are free.

By Karen Colbenson

Welcome to the land where making up your own rules is part of the game.

Ellis Middle School students will present their fall musical "Alice in Wonderland Jr." Thursday and Friday.

More than 60 students are involved in the production, co-directed by Ellis teacher Julie Walski and Southgate Elementary teacher Erin Schoen.

The play is based on Lewis Carroll’s classical story of a curious girl who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a world of wonders that includes a pool of tears, a mad tea party, magical cookies and "very merry unbirthdays."

The Disney musical features well-known songs "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," "Whoooo Are Youuuuuu?" and "How D’ye Do and Shake Hands."


Lead roles include: Melissa Navoa as Alice; Grace Berke as Small Alice; Joy Riley as Tall Alice; Maddie Kinney, Brady McDermott and Meagan Poczos as Cheshire cats 1, 2 and 3; Mike Molitor as the Mad Hatter; and Laura Siegfreid as White Rabbit.

Other beloved characters include the King and Queen of Hearts, played by Michael Kroymann and Mollie Eich, the Dodo Bird, played by Kate DeGear, and the March Hare played by Zach Swigerd.

"All the students are very good," said Walski.

The fast-paced performance is full of action, wonder and surprises, the students said.

Just don’t blink, or you might wake up in a whole different world.

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