By: Claire Zhao
In the last week of February and the first week of March, the RHS Mainstage theatre group put on the annual school play-one of the biggest performances in RHS. This year, the group performed the classic Alice in Wonderland story.
For those who are not too familiar with the story, Alice in Wonderland is a fantastical tale with magical and surreal scenes such as a little girl growing and shrinking to impossible sizes, falling down rabbit holes, and conversing with wacky anthropomorphic animals. Such scenes may seem impossible to portray in a live theatre production, but the Mainstage group defied the odds, effectively recreating them with amazing teamwork, clever staging, and creative use of props.
Many of our favorite characters were brought to life by the talented actors from cute little Alice to the bad-tempered Red Queen to the funny Humpty Dumpty. Of course, like always, the Mainstage Crew added their own spin to the classic tale. For those who have watched the play, one of the most memorable acts would probably be the Wonderland talent show, ‘Wonderland’s Got Talent’. This was the first time in many years that the Mainstage theatre group decided to include live singing in their play. The audience was delighted to see lovable characters like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and the Mock Turtle rap and sing catchy songs, many of which written by our own talented RHS students!
And here’s another Easter egg: Did you know that Alice was portrayed by two different actors? Well, it’s true! Maisha Haque and Jiana Gonzales alternated being Alice on different nights!
So all in all, the play was a huge success just as in past years. This is really no surprise, considering the Mainstage crew always spends months preparing for the big show. RHS thanks the Mainstage actors, the crew, and their dedicated teachers, Ms Barker and Ms Ann, for yet another brilliant play!
And if you enjoyed the play and love to perform, consider joining the Mainstage family!