Magic of theatre as little marvels put on school production of Alice

The cast: Pupils at Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College finish their run this evening.
The cast: Pupils at Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College finish their run this evening.
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GETTING smaller... Doncaster youngster Poppy Higgins is being shrunk in the interests of drama!

But the 11-year-old Balby Carr School pupil is in no danger of decreasing - it is all down to clever techniques by director Louise Maloney, a drama teacher at the school.

Its production of Alice in Wonderland opened on Wednesday night and finishes its run this evening at the Weston Road venue.

And part of the script calls for Alice to be shrunk when she drinks from a bottle labelled ‘Drink me’, which enables her to walk through a tiny door.

The sequence at Balby is carried out by a mixture of props and lighting.

On cue, Poppy pulls out a small puppet which the art department has created in her image. The spotlight goes onto the puppet and the actress is plunged into the dark. Subject leader for music and drama Julia Abdy said: “It was the director’s idea and it works very well.

“It is not a play we have done before at the school and Poppy is the youngest lead we have had in a school production as far as I’m aware.

“I think shrinking Alice was the most difficult thing we had to do for the show, but we have some amazing props which have been maded for the production.

“The puppet was based on Poppy and looks like her.”

Other major roles in the production are filled by Adam Chappell, who plays the Mad Hatter, Aimee Ogilvie, who plays the Queen of Hearts, and Holly Williams, who plays the White Rabbit.

There is a cast of 30 young actors and actresses. Another 30 youngsters have been involved behind the scenes with jobs such as creating scenery and a small band made up of pupils and staff provides the music.