Alice in Wonderland

By Nali Milne

October 23, 2023

On October 13th, Morro Bay High’s drama club had their opening night of “Alice in Wonderland.” This is a show that the club has been working hard on since the beginning of the school year, and according to many, the hard work has paid off.

The play follows a young Alice as she falls from the world she knows, and tumbles straight into a world she doesn’t. Because everyone around her is completely mad, the story is often confusing, but the drama program does a great job of telling this classic story in a way that everyone can understand. With a little bit of humor and a little bit of drama, the audience has a splendid time watching Alice navigate this new world, and find her way back home while finding herself.

In an interview, the director of the show, MBHS junior Angus McNellie tells us, “It’s meant to be confusing and strange. I mean, it’s Alice in Wonderland.” He goes on to say that he thinks it’s a good mix of both simple and confusing. “There’s some lines, some jokes, in the script that only older people would understand… but it’s not like kids don’t like it. They love it. We have this tea party thing…”

This show kicked off last Friday night at 7, and continued into Saturday with shows at both 2 and 7. In between the shows on Saturday, the cast and crew hosted a “Mad Tea Party” for kids to come and hang out with the cast members in costume.

The Cheshire Cat poses with the kids (Photo credit: Kate Kostecka)

  Queen of Hearts (Photo credit: Kate Kostecka)

This happened again on Saturday, October 21. Kids of all ages were encouraged to come and have some fun with this incredible cast!

“The kids took a bunch of photos with the characters, and everyone tried their best to remain in character,” Angus tells us, “the Cheshire Cat got asked where her whiskers come from, and she didn’t know what to say so she just said, ‘They’re just there.’ It was pretty funny.”

I also had the opportunity to interview junior Peyton Moon about the show. She saw the student show on Thursday, October 19. She had a lot to say, and told us that she was giving her honest opinion. “It was pretty good…” she says, and then adds, “okay, lowkey, everyone in the play sounded like they were anime characters. It was easy to follow, actually. The set was really pretty. But… I was laughing the whole time, I’m not gonna lie.”

When asked about the confusion level, she said that it wasn’t very confusing. However, she said that if she hadn’t seen the two Alice in Wonderland movies, it would’ve been more confusing. “Sometimes I would, like, look away, and then I’d be lost,” she says, but then tells us that once she queued back in she was able to keep up.

Peyton recommended the show to everyone,  and went back to see it a second time on Friday, October 20. I attended this show with her, last night, and got to experience this play in person.

The music was great, and took me to a different world, and it was obvious how much fun the cast had working with this play and script. Only one person messed up a line, and other than that it seemed like everyone knew their parts by heart. The biggest things that I thought could be improved were the backstage crew making a little too much noise, and the fact that the tickets went up in price a little from last year.

The Morro Bay High drama program put on a great show and I know I speak for many when I say I can’t wait to see what they do next.