Mount St. Joseph University

Acting Ensemble to Present ‘Alice’

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

File Under: alice in wonderland, our lady of victory, play

A cast of colorful, zany characters will liven up the stage of the Recital Hall on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

The performance of “Alice in Wonderland” is the project of a course called Great Ideas: Scripting and Performing, taught by Lisa Bodollo, an adjunct in the Mount’s English department and fulltime drama teacher at Mother of Mercy high school.

Mount students, faculty and staff, as well as their children, are invited to this free 45-minute performance. No tickets are required.

During the semester the students, known as the Mount Acting Ensemble, collaborated on the play script then toured the play at Our Lady of Victory elementary school on April 15.

In addition to creating props and costumes, they also prepared a study guide distributed to students, with age-appropriate activities, such as an Alice in Wonderland memory game, word bank, and writing activities.

The introduction to the guide includes this mission statement for the ensemble: “While putting on shows that appeal to both parents and educators from a moral and educational perspective, we aim to introduce a new generation of students to the magic of theater. We hope to inspire children to have a lifetime appreciation for the arts and bring excitement and wonder to the stories that we all know and love.”

Following are cast members: Emily Berning, Queen of Hearts; Lauren DiMenna, March Hare; Sarah Kaiser; The White Rabbit; Megan Moore, Cheshire Cat; Joey Panzeca, The Doormouse; Tim Schrenk, The Mad Hatter; Jacqui Tackett, Caterpillar; Joey Veneziano, Caterpillar, and Kristen Zabatino, Alice. The play is directed by Bodollo.