Mariner presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’
The great thing about timeless stories is that they can be retold in various styles, and it doesn’t take away from the original. “Alice in Wonderland” is a classic that can find a new audience.
Mariner High School has taken it upon itself to bring the “Alice in Wonderland” series to life. The school’s version combines the adventures from both “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Even so, it is only two hours long.
Alice is little girl with a big imagination. She somehow manages to enter an elaborate world that may or may not exist. The world is populated by a vast array of interesting if not crazy people and animals.
In this version, there are some very modern songs and dance numbers added into the mix. The costumes are top notch. The ones for the Poker Cards alone are worth the price of admission.
The oh-so curious Alice is played by both McKenzie Betts and Madison Greinke on alternate nights. They both played a number of roles in Mariner’s “Anne of Green Gables” last year.
Sonia Munguia plays the ever-cheerful Cheshire Cat who accompanies Alice on most of her journey. She definitely makes the journey more fun.
The tardy White Rabbit is played by Kodie Gadley. She is probably the only person in the cast who can honestly claim that she’s been in a movie!
Caylie Joyce Parker makes heads roll as the Queen of Hearts. She has tremendous fun as this tyrant.
The inquisitive Caterpillar is played by Nathan Viands. He also plays the White Knight, who has a funky musical number.
Anastasia Robinson portrays the Red Queen to perfection. We’ll definitely get your heart racing.
The White Queen is played by Jessica Johnson. She performed in the title role of “Anne of Green Gables” last year.
Garret Heining and Jon Hofford are two of a kind as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Jon Hoffard does double duty, as he also plays the Mad Hatter. Their rendition of “The Walrus and the Carpenter” is terrific.
The role of the melancholy Mock Turtle is given to Sarah Anderson. She was also given the responsibility of student director for the production.
The March Hare is played on alternate nights by Jessika Boothby and Yessenia Puentes. Jessika Boothby had the lead in last year’s production of “Hairspray.” Yessenia Puentes recently went to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Alexis Gold has a small part (so to speak) as the Dormouse. She has been involved with Applause Players in Mill Creek for years.
And the rest of the parts are played by the following ensemble: Randy Porter-Hawkins, Zach Steen, Alex Titow, Alaina McDonald, Hunter Green, Malcolm Manson, Sherwin Silva, Christie Cyr and Ruby Hayden.
Don’t miss this one. Pick a card, any card (along with a seat).
“Alice in Wonderland” is playing at 7 p.m. March 21-23 and March 28-30 at the Mariner High School theater, at 200 120th St. S.W. in Everett. Tickets are sold at the door.