Students bring classic to life
St Luke’s College students grabbed their chance to star on stage last month during their long-awaited production of Alice in Wonderland.
Jazz Van Dongen said she was surprised when she was given the lead role as Alice.
“I have never done drama at this school — I did one play in primary school where I was the lead,” she said.
“I always watched Peter Pan when I was little, so I loved all Disney movies and Alice was one of my favourites.
“I hope there are more productions because they are really exciting to be a part of.”
Director Nina Usher said the play had been a long time in the making, having been conceived in 2013.
“I always loved the idea of absurdism as a style and Alice is totally down that path,” she said.
“I read scripts other people had written and found them a bit boring or childish, so decided to write my own and it just developed from there.
Mrs Usher said the students had put a lot of effort into helping get the performance off the ground.
“I got a lot of input from the kids along the way when it came to lyrics and how the scenes would run,” she said. “We had over 100 people audition.
“It went down a little bit since then in terms of who could commit and the downturn in Karratha, but our final group have been outstanding.”
Mrs Usher said it was a big relief to see the show exceed expectations.
Natasha Flaherty, Liam Moran and Jazz Van Dongen.
Jahdal Baker, Jazz Van Dongen, Liam Moran and Natasha Flaherty.
Jazz Van Dongen as Alice.