Drama Club brings audiences on whimsical journey in ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Dec 13, 2021

For the second time in as many days, the Wareham Viking Theatre Company took to the stage Saturday evening to perform “Alice in Wonderland” on the Wareham High School auditorium’s stage. 

All told, the production featured about 30 students’ hard work in a variety of roles, including everything from acting to costume and set design. 

Gabriela Andrews, the senior directing the production, said Friday night’s opening performance went well. 

“It was how I thought an opening night show would go,” she said. “There were little bumps, but it was great. And my cast was amazing — I’m so proud of them.” 

Heading into the second performance on Dec. 11, Andrews said she was looking forward to seeing how everything went. 

“I feel like every time we run it, it has something a little different,” Andrews said. She noted that the props sometimes differ from night to night. One scene, in particular, featured a variety of balloons, and she said she was looking forward to seeing how it played out. 

The show also drew an impressive audience, she said. She recalled “a lot of people” at the show on opening night. 

“Our principal Mr. Palladino, actually, said that this was the biggest crowd he’s seen in a while,” she said.

Candy Hill Johansen, the high school’s new drama adviser, gave a small speech at the start of the play. 

“These kids have worked their butts off,” she said. “I am so proud of them. I have directed many shows, and I’ve never seen one come together this quickly before — or this well.” 

She joked that the audience probably wouldn’t even notice any possible “slip-ups” during the show. 

“Enjoy the show,” she said before the play began. “We’ll see you on the other side of the rabbit hole.” 

The play began at 7 p.m. and lasted roughly an hour and a half with a fifteen-minute intermission.