“The script is really fun. It has a very large cast, and I think it is going to be pretty exciting,” Sams said. “This is exactly what I wanted, and the students are happy with it and excited. That makes it a perfect combination.”
Performance dates are Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6.
“You don’t often have the opportunity to do a world premiere work. I think that in itself is exciting,” Sams said. “It could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to do a new work. It doesn’t happen in high schools very often.”
The cast spans four grade levels, ninth through 12th grade, and seniors have prominent roles in the show.
Seniors who star in the cast include Paul Dunn (White Rabbit); Leanna Roberts (Red Queen/Sister); Caedmon Mills (Mad Hatter); Alexis Clifford (Duchess); Madison Ramsey (Rose); Jackson Cornwell (Caterpillar); Nick Kakaris (Chesire Cat); Carson Dalton (Tweedle Dee); Allison Blankenship (Tweedle Dum); Kelsea Penny (Goat) and Destiny Mitchell (Horse.) Alice is played by junior Rachael Kindred.
The students have been rehearsing for the show since the first week of September.
“The students are creating characters that are animated, lively and original,” Sams said.
The students have done a marvelous job in capturing the essence of the story, he said. It’s about what’s important in your life, and finding your way home. It also touches on themes of serving others, and what it means to appreciate the things you have in life, which are woven throughout the script.
“This is a very family-friendly show to see. It supports the fine arts in schools, which is vitally important to continuing the expansion and promotion of the arts,” Sams said.
How to go
When: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6. Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Franklin High School McDade Auditorium. Franklin High School is at 750 E. Fourth St., Franklin.
Admission: Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors who attend on performance days and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door on performance days or during lunch hours at school.
More info: Email director Jeff Sams at email@example.com or call him at 937-743-8611, ext. 1264.