Mount St. Joseph University

Scripting and Performing: Alice in Wonderland

By: Amanda Gratsch

File Under: alice in wonderland, play

Mount students will be performing their own version of the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland for children at Our Lady of Victory as well as at the College of Mount St. Joseph. 

The show will open April 15 at Our Lady of Victory school, and will be performed at 7 p.m. on April 30 in the Mount’s Recital Hall.

The course is called Great Ideas: Scripting and Performing, taught by Lisa Bodollo at the Mount, and the purpose of the play was to develop a fun, amusing interpretation of Alice in Wonderland that elementary children can enjoy, while teaching students in the class the fundamentals on how to write and perform their own script. 

The students in Bodollo’s class were required to work collectively on the script for the play. Each student was assigned a character to research, where they then exchanged ideas and received input with one another to develop a youthful, lively script for each of their characters. 

In addition, Bodollo and her students worked on their own choreography, music choices, and costumes. 

“I think this is a great way to promote the arts to younger kids,” says Joey Panzeca, a student in the class.  “I think it’s important to introduce younger children to such a fun and creative environment.” 

After the play at Our Lady of Victory, the Mount class is providing post-play activities to each grade level to further engage them with the show.  Kindergartners will color and make crafts, while older grades will be given poems to write in response to the play.