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‘Dorothy in Wonderland’ performed by Turners Falls High, Great Falls Middle school

  • Kimberlyn Semb, left, as Dorothy, and Emily Sisson, as Alice, rehearse for their performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mercedes Morales, as the Queen of Hearts, and Korey Martineau, as the Tin man, rehearse for their performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Lydia Wright, left, as Glinda, and Emily Sisson, as Alice, rehearse for their performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Lydia Wright, left, as Glinda, and Emily Sisson, as Alice, rehearse for their performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Elizabeth Whitney as the White Rabbit rehearses for the performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Karissa Olson, as the March Hare, from left, Alex Bloom, as the Mad Hatter, and Isabelle Farrick, as the Scarecrow, rehearse for their performance of "Dorothy in Wonderland" put on by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students, on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School students are preparing to perform a musical mashup of two well-loved stories this month.

“Dorothy in Wonderland” takes place as a tornado sweeps Dorothy away as she reaches the end of the Yellow Brick Road. The entire land of Oz is swept into Wonderland, and chaos ensues. Characters from the different storylines come together; Tin Man encounters Humpty Dumpty, and the Scarecrow clashes with the Mad Hatter. Alice and Dorothy must work together to defeat the Queen of Hearts.

“You hear direct quotes from both movies,” said music teacher Kayla Roth. “It’s really cool.”

Performances will be at the Turners Falls High School theater beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday. The cost of tickets for adults is $10, and students and seniors pay $8.

Auditions were held in December, and rehearsals began after New Years Day. Since then, students have rehearsed every day for about 3 hours.

There are 49 middle and high school students who are part of the cast and crew, and another eight to 10 volunteers who will manage backstage business like makeup, hair and the set.

To help them prepare for their own musical production, cast members took a trip to see Wicked performed on Broadway earlier this year. Students were also able to attend acting workshops.

“It was super cool to give them a vision of a professional show,” Roth said.

Chase Blair, a senior who will play the King of Hearts, has been performing in musicals since sixth grade and is excited for his final spring show at Turners Falls High School.

“It’s taken a long time, and even more hours trying to get the costumes made,” he said. “But it’s been going pretty well.”