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April 11, 2022

Theatre Badin presents ‘Wonderland,’ a musical take on Alice’s adventures

Alice in Wonderland transitions into a rock ‘n roll musical in the upcoming Badin High School production, “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure.”

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Badin drama director Mrs. Sarah Cline said. “This is a very clever adaptation on the classic children’s book by Lewis Carroll. Lots of good music and unique takes on the characters that populate the story.”

Lewis Carroll wrote the memorable piece of British literature in 1865; Rachel Rockwell updated it as a musical in 2016.

In “Wonderland,” Alice is a 7-and-a-half year old girl searching for her inner musical voice. Along the way, she faces numerous challenges – most significantly from the Jabberwock, who represents our own inner self-doubts.

“This is a story that both children and adults can relate to,” said Cline, as Alice ultimately finds the self-confidence to move forward. “We haven’t gotten to do a musical for a couple of years because of the pandemic, so we’re very happy to bring ‘Wonderland’ to the Badin stage.”

Theatre Badin will present “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” Thursday through Sunday, April 21-24, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at Badin High School, 571 New London Road in Hamilton. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for shows Thursday through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $12 online or at the door.

Juniors Hailey Lipp and Ally Shook (front row, center) lead the way in the Badin High School production of Wonderland: Alices Rock & Roll Adventure, scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, April 21-24, in the school's Little Theater. Lipp plays the role of Alice in an updated musical version of the classic Lewis Carroll book, with Shook as the Jabberwock who fills her with self-doubt. Key roles in the show are also played by, front from left, Patrick Farrell, Andrew Keck, Rogue Carruthers and Maguire Smith. At rear are Olivia Blanton, Jillian Palomino, June Meehan, Ava Wesner, Eva Groh and Samantha Keil.

Junior Hailey Lipp has the lead as Alice, with junior Ally Shook playing the Jabberwock. Other well-known characters from the children’s tale include freshman Andrew Keck as the White Rabbit; freshman Rogue Carruthers as the Cheshire Cat; senior Jillian Palomino as the Mad Hatter; junior Ava Wesner as the Caterpillar; junior June Meehan as the March Hare; junior Olivia Blanton as the Queen of Hearts; sophomore Patrick Farrell as the King of Hearts; freshman Maguire Smith as Tweedle Dee; and sophomore Samantha Keil as Tweedle Dum.

Other members of the cast include seniors Nicholas Blauvelt, Lindsey McKenna, Rebekah Snyder and Cole Sumner; juniors Eva Groh and Rebecca Wade; sophomore Veronica Keil; and freshmen Jocelyn Brenot, Elizabeth Carruthers, Gracie Luong, Annika Patel and Kayleigh Siebenaller.

Junior Eva Groh led the set design paint crew. Other members of the stage crew include seniors Ashleigh Green and Mike Meehan and freshmen Andrew Nester, Carrie Ries, Michael Shook, Quinn Tavares, Karina Teodora, and Sophia Wagner.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, Dallen@BadinHS.org or (513) 869-4490

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