The Westland High School spring play is a story that has captivated both young and old for generations.
The school will present Alice in Wonderland at 7:30 p.m. Friday as well as 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25-26, at 146 Galloway Road. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $4 for students.
"It's a play that is very faithful to Lewis Carroll's original book," said English teacher Christopher White, who is directing the production with John Weddendorf, another Westland English teacher.
"Since we're not doing a musical this year, we wanted to pick something that was imaginative and brought an element of fantasy to the stage," White said.
The Saturday matinee performance will feature children's activities beginning at 1 p.m., including face painting, pictures with the cast and craft activities, he said.
"Alice is a play for all ages, so we wanted to do something special for the children who come to the show," White said.
Josh Good, a senior who portrays the Mad Hatter, said it's particularly fun to do a story that is so familiar.
"I think we all grew up watching Alice in Wonderland," he said. "We've all seen the story so many times, but it's really fun to put it up on stage. It's part of your own childhood."
Good also helped create some of the props used in Westland's production.
"It's cool to see how we're able to create some fantastic stuff out of mundane objects," he said. "It's kind of the magic of theater."
Senior Delaney Brochowski is helping with the sound, which includes helping to select the music that will accompany various scenes.
"It's so important to find music that sets the right tone for a scene," she said. "Music is so important for setting the mood. You don't want to pick the wrong music."
Lighting also is important, and senior Megan Comer is part of the lighting crew.
"It's not a traditional type of play with standard lighting, so you get to be creative with the colors that you use," she said. "It's important to pick the right lighting, but not draw attention to it."
Junior Chelsea McCarty portrays the White Rabbit.
"He's a nervous character, always going on about how late he is," she said. "It's a very animated part, so that's fun to play. The challenge is to figure out how to portray a rabbit, what kind of voice to use and how to show that he's nervous. I just sort of twist my hands a lot and look anxious."