A group of Doherty Middle School students had two very important dates of their own earlier this month. The student group directed, acted, sang and produced a full-scale musical production of Alice in Wonderland, which they performed on back-to-back afternoons.

Eighth-graders Julia Jackson and Delilah Kaufmann-LaDuc approached teacher Cheryl Todisco in February with their vision of staging Alice In Wonderland in the school's auditorium. Since this had never been done before, the two girls needed to convince Principal Robin Wilson by presenting their adapted script and plans. Todisco acted as their supervisor.

Julia and Delilah spent four months creating the production, according to parent Caroline Ren. They held auditions, secured musical scores, cast 33 students, recruited 10 more classmates to manage costume and set designs, sound and lighting equipment, back stage operations, makeup and choreography. Fellow eighth grader Brian McGuiggen learned 14 piano pieces for the 90-minute production and even recomposed "Painting The Roses Red."

The cast and crew created the production on their own time, outside of school hours, and performed two shows.

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