Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass came to life in the Lower School’s spectacular production of The Adventures of Alice!
“As audiences have come to expect from a production at Oakham, we used a variety of technologies to bring the fantasy to life,” says Director of Drama, Gilly Norell. “It was a visual treat – with projections and animations of the weird and wonderful world that Carroll depicted in his books. Three pupils, all in the Lower School, adeptly supported the technical team to bring these technologies to life on the stage.”Each of the four performance nights saw the audience invited to join the journey into Carroll’s masterpieces - with the opening scene featuring a boat that was ‘rowed’ across stage! They then journeyed with Alice as she grows and shrinks, followed Rabbit, and enjoyed the antics of Tweedledum & Tweedledee.
The large cast, with 26 pupils from Lower 1 to Form 2, came together to showcase these beloved books. There was a cacophony of colourful costumes – with many pupils playing multiple roles – thanks to the large number of characters in the books.
“This is an incredibly challenging play for children aged 10–13,” continues Gilly. “The language is faithful to the books – making lines harder to learn and delivery vital to get right – but we have some stunningly good actors who were really able to really bring these complex characters to life.”