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Harrison Students Shine in Middle School Play

HARRISON, N.Y. - The Louis M. Klein Middle School drama club dazzled audiences on Thursday with three performances of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

Based on the classic novel by Lewis Carroll and the classic 1951 film by Walt Disney, the play gave students a chance to show off their acting, singing and dancing talents. Drama Club Advisor Jessica Lane had previously performed in the show in college and said “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” is a good show for kids to perform because it gives a lot of different characters more stage time than other plays do.

“I’m really proud of these kids because it’s hard to get up on stage,” Lane said. “It’s one thing to get up in front of their parents but it’s even more impressive to get up in front of their peers because that’s not an easy thing to do at their age.”

Sixth-grader Fallon Morel plays the March Hare. Having acted before while a student at Harrison Avenue School, Morel said she enjoys being on stage because it is her time to “shine.” Morel said she likes performing in “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” because it’s not a serious play.

“There is a lot of humor in this play and if you mess up you can just do something goofy and nobody notices,” Morel said.

Fellow sixth-grader Mark Rigano plays the White Rabbit and performed before while attending Purchase Elementary School. Rigano said he enjoys “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” because it gives him a chance to act “crazy.”

Seventh-grader Miwa Goble, who plays the role of Tweedle Dum, dreams of being an actress one day.

“I love the imagination and creativity that goes into acting,” Goble said. “This play is really good for other kids too. Being Tweedle Dum allows me to be somebody that I’m not.”

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