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Students gear up for Wonderland High

Theatre lovers will be highly entertained next month when Ellenbrook Secondary College takes to the stage for Wonderland High, their latest offering in a running series of whole school productions.

Wonderland High follows Arthur as he navigates his way through a new high school and tries hard to fit in.

With his mum on staff, a cheerleader named Alice who can’t remember his name and a chess piece as the school’s mascot, Wonderland High is an entertaining wink and nod to the Lewis Carol books.

Over 60 students from Years 7-12 have been involved in rehearsals since January and they are now ready to put on a great show.

The production of Wonderland High, showcases a year of firsts for the school, including a choreography debut for Justine Kirkby who joins the production team this year and the inaugural inclusion of a live band for the performances, led by the school’s new music teacher Warren Bracken.

And for over three quarters of the cast, Wonderland High is their first ever Ellenbrook Secondary College musical production, including a first time performance for its male and female leads.

Year 12 student Jordyn Stopp said she was thrilled to play the role of Alice.

“Being in this show has been life changing in the way that I got to know so many wonderful people and create so many fantastic memories,” she said.

“I absolutely love performing.”

Director Donna Hallett said she was always so inspired by the way a production brings a group of students together.

“When they start the process they keep to their year group and their friendship circle and are so shy and quiet,” she said.

“But, by the end of the process there is no segregation, constant laughs and one giant “family” circle of students, and it is really heartwarming to see.”

Ms Hallett said every facet of the show, the cast, backstage crew and the band had been working tirelessly to raise the bar, yet again.

Performances will be held at 7pm (doors open at 6.30) on August 1, 2, 4 and 5 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Ellenbrook Secondary College.

Tickets are available now from www.trybooking.com/qdiv

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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