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Posted: 24/05/18

Students give Alice in Wonderland a modern twist

It was down the rabbit hole and into…Mansfield for West Nottinghamshire College students’ modern adaptation of Alice In Wonderland.

  • Alice In Wonderland was staged at the college's Create Theatre
  • A tea party with a difference in Morrisons
  • Money was raised for Make A Wish charity through a prize raffle and snacks in the interval
  • Seeing double with Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee
  • Students created their own costumes
  • The full cast of students who produced their own version of Alice In Wonderland

Travel and Tourism Level 3 BTEC Diploma students staged a modern and local version of the Lewis Carroll tale in the college’s Create Theatre at the Derby Road campus, as part of their final assessment in entertainment, on Monday 14 May.

The learners have spent the last seven weeks preparing and rehearsing, ensuring every member of the group had their own tasks. Everything from script writing, creating costumes and make-up, marketing, finance, staging and props had to be considered in the running of the performance.

The character of Alice, played by Corinne Arthur met with the White Rabbit, played by Connor Mathis, while on her mobile phone. In this play, the two ended up in Morrison’s supermarket in their surreal world.

The Queen of Hearts portrayed by Becky Evans gave a confident performance of the villain, while Emma Jepson and Ellie Smyth created a comedy double-act in their roles as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

The other animal characters of the Cheshire Cat and March Hare were brought to life creatively by Digby Edwards-Walsh and Siobhan McHale respectively.

The show was watched by fellow travel and tourism students and staff and over £30 was raised for their chosen charity, Make-A-Wish, the foundation which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Money was raised through a prize tombola and drinks and snacks sold during the interval.

Programme area leader for travel and tourism, Claire Craig said: “I’m immensely proud of what the students have achieved and the hard-work and dedication they showed through the process.

“They have taken a risk by independently planning a full-production but it’s certainly paid off!”