New Kamiak drama director debuts with ‘Alice in Wonderland’

By Nicholas Johnson | Jan 11, 2017
Courtesy of: Kamiak High School Drama Kamiak High School Drama students perform a scene from “Alice in Wonderland.”

Fall deep into the rabbit hole with Kamiak High School’s winter production of “Alice in Wonderland,” beginning Jan. 13 at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center.

The production is Drama Director Bryan Sullivan’s directing debut at Kamiak.

“I’m excited to be here at Kamiak,” said Sullivan, who spent the past two years building a drama program at Central Kitsap High in Silverdale, Washington. “There is an excellent tradition and reputation for theatre here. The students are passionate and excited.”

“Alice in Wonderland,” based on the 1865 novel by Lewis Carol, is presented with its own twist in Kamiak's production.

“I chose Alice in Wonderland because I wanted the first show I directed at Kamiak to blend the magic of a dreamlike play with the day-to-day life of a high school girl,” Sullivan said. “Students were able to do their own thinking about their characters and discovered their own connection to the experience of a high-schooler.”

The overarching concept is that Alice is a modern-day girl who is dealing with all the issues of high school, on top of battling depression and anxiety.

"Many of the characters have real life equivalents that the cast and I identified through the rehearsal process," Sullivan said.

As she falls deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, she dives further into her mind.

"At times dark, and at other times joyful, the audience will wander with Alice though her own version of Wonderland, seeing her real life echoed there along with some of our favorite characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit,” he said. “99 percent of the play takes place in her mind, which means it isn’t tied to time or place. The play blends the real life of a modern high-schooler with whispers of Victorian England."

The set is designed by Craig Wollam, the program’s resident scenic designer.

“We start in the real world of Alice’s bedroom and the set transforms as we fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole,” Sullivan said.

The production opens 7 p.m. Jan. 13, with three more shows on Jan. 14, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Tickets are sold at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.

The Kamiak Performing Arts Center is located at 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd.

Kamiak’s spring musical is set to be Footloose, with five shows in May. Tickets go on sale in April.

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