‘Wonderland’ scene stealer? Queen’s tarts

If you want a bit of wonder in your life, attend Franklin Community High School’s next play.

Stude-nts from Franklin schools will be performing “Alice in Wonderland” in February.

Tickets are $10 and $8 for students and seniors. The show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Road.

Courtney Burke, director of the show, shares what you need to know about the production.

Why did you choose “Alice in Wonderland?”

“Alice in Wonderland” is a great play choice for us because it is fun, kid friendly and has a large flexible cast to accommodate all of the students we have who wish to be involved.

How many other plays were considered?

There were about three or four other shows considered for this year.

How many students are in the show?

We have 37 cast members in the show, including students from Custer Baker Intermediate School, Franklin Community High School and Franklin Community Middle School.

What do you want audience members to get from the show?

My goal is for the audience to be completely entertained for the entire show. We hope to have lots of kids here, so we definitely want to hold their attention and keep them laughing.

What is your favorite scene to direct?

The scene where Alice is on trial for stealing the Queen of Heart’s tarts is hysterical. Almost every cast member is involved with this scene, and I really think the audience will enjoy it as much as I do.

How are actors preparing for their roles?

The actors have been spending a lot of time running lines at home, gathering costume and prop pieces and attending rehearsals every day. Many of our students are involved in multiple activities, so they have been juggling a lot over the past month and a half.

What is the rehearsal process like?

Initially for rehearsals, we practice in the high school’s dance studio. Here we are able to run through scenes and get a general idea of blocking for the main stage. During the two weeks prior to the show, we will actually be on stage ironing out every final detail and making sure the show is perfect.

The actors and tech crew work very hard to make all of our productions enjoyable for the audience.