"Welcome to Wonderland", a Jim Boardwine production, outlined Alice's journey through music as she follows the White Rabbit down into the mystical world of tea parties and misunderstandings -- leading to a confrontation with a jealous queen.
Boardwine's production is more than just a school play -- the Streetsboro Theatre Co. transformed the high school gym and transported the audience into the madness of Wonderland Strong vocalists led this tea party, including senior Maddie Oslejsek in the lead role, Alice; the White Rabbit played by Jake Madden, and Kailyn Williams. Like many of Boardwine's productions, this one featured songs written by the cast. "Follow Me" was written by Oslejsek and Madden, while Madden also penned and performed the "Hatter's Song," both of which would sound relevant on the radio today.
Rap and hip-hop also weaved their way into the production through Jake Edgerton's "Off" and Taylor Shepper's guest vocal on "Wonderland." Plus, Humpty Dumpty played by Anthony Madden (Jake's dad), and cast rolled out the showstopper, "Humpty Dance," which brought down the house.
The special effects, make-up and costumes were incredible. Designed by Bret Mucha, the special effects and make-up on Hahn and Madden made them virtually unrecognizable. The wardrobe designers created a fanciful array of colorful costumes for the Mad Hatter (Emily Fernandez), Alice and the Caterpillar (Edgerton), among others.
Several alumni returned to lend their voices, including the Boardwine siblings, Desiree and Brett, who sang on "Wonderland" and "Alice" (with Oslejsek), respectively.
Are you looking for sport for your son during our cold, winter months? Consider youth wrestling. Wrestling builds character, discipline, and a strong work ethic -- plus wrestlers benefit by honing their agility and strengthening their body which carries over to all other sports. Youth wrestling signs-ups for children age 6 through 12, will take place Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Streetsboro High School wrestling room.
The team will be coached this year by Tony Carone and brothers Eric and Jason Smith. Boys have the opportunity participate in practices until Nov. 14 without fees, but they must register to try it out. Contact Carone at 440-823-2379 or Eric Smith at 330-618-8255 for more information.
The Portage County Health Department will host a flu clinic in Streetsboro on Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at City Hall, 9184 Route 43. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $10 for children and $20 for adults. Nasal flu vaccine is available for children age 2 to 18.
Trick or Treat is on Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Please drive carefully through the neighborhoods.
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