Eastland Performing Arts students will take their own "Magical, Mystery Tour" as they follow Alice through the Looking Glass -- with songs by the Beatles -- in "Alice!"

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 10 and 11, with a matinee at 3 p.m. March 12, at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

Tickets cost $9 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and students.

A special performance to benefit the Anita C. Miller Scholarship Fund will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, with a reception before the show at 7 p.m. Tickets for that show cost $15, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Director Doreen Dunn said the musical offered students more than 20 character roles.

"Some of the characters speak with British accents, which our students have been studying as a part of our dialect training," she said.

She said the Beatles songs "fit the story perfectly."

"It's as if Lewis Carroll channeled the Beatles future music while writing 'Alice in Wonderland' in the 19th century," she said.

Reynoldsburg seniors are in a number of principle roles, including Reagan Duchesne as Alice and Caleb Wilson as the Mad Hatter; Cain Warner as the March Hare; Sarah Hartman as the Dormouse; Pavonne Wise as the White Rabbit; Chioma Ezeudu as the Queen of Hearts; Doug Whitmas as King of Hearts; Caleb Paxton as the Caterpillar and the Knave and Rebekah Colton as Tweedledum.

Gahanna senior Annalise Williams is Tweedledee; Bloom Carroll senior Shae Bickel is the Cheshire Cat and Canal Winchester senior Kamille Pierce is the Red Queen.

Other cast members are Gabriel Baughman as the Frogfootperson; Adelaide Dunlap as the Duchess, Victoria Washington as Alice's sister Charlotte and Britney Worch as the White Queen. The stage manager is Reynoldsburg senior Olivia Darling.

A live jazz band will accompany singers, conducted by vocal music director Gloria Carpenter.

Duchesne said she loves "how sassy" Alice is.

"She believes that she is the smartest person in the room, so she always speaks her mind, and I really appreciate that about her," she said. "It's so fun to play someone without a filter, especially because she is so young."

Paxton said the caterpillar is a fun character.

"I enjoy playing with the words and elongating his short, crude responses," he said. "It's also fun making Alice, who is a long-time friend, super uncomfortable!"

Dunn said a dozen students dressed in black must accomplish the scenery changes.

"The quick-change scenery in the musical has to be accomplished in the blink of an eye," she said. "Student actors also have to act in elaborate costumes and headpieces and makeup and make it all look natural.

"Costume designer Donna Williamson has done an outstanding job creating otherworldly looks for each character," she said. "There are several dancers wearing roller skates as they portray butterflies and playing cards, and they have to stop on a dime and avoid crashing into flying set pieces."

Dunn said the show is suitable for people of all ages.

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