Students at Gundagai Public School followed the White Rabbit to a place of magic, adventure, and tea parties when the cast from Wagga Wagga Children’s Theatre presented a dazzling stage adaptation of the much-loved tale, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, at the school last Friday.
Kindergarten to Year 6 students were treated to joining Alice as her story came to life, where among the talented young cast was Gundagai Public School’s very own Year 2 student Archie Ferguson taking centre stage.
Under the guidance of the artistic director Louise Blackett, the cast meet weekly in Wagga for drama lessons to perform and practice a range of mimes, improvisations, and theatre activities. The theatre arts program is designed to develop verbal communication skills, confidence, and self-esteem.
Archie has been participating in drama lessons with Mrs Blackett for over 12 months and was extremely proud to bring his performance to share with all of Gundagai Public School.
He dramatically took to the stage as ‘The 5 of Hearts’ in the production and performed with confidence and flair.
“My first play was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but this is my first speaking role. It didn’t take me very long to learn my lines,” Archie said.
Gundagai Public School values the creative and performing arts and ensures it provides opportunities to all their students by engaging in excursions to galleries, museums, concerts, performances, public spaces, and places.
Relieving principal Jesse Wheaton is proud of Archie and his achievement.
“We hope that this is the beginning of strong links between the Wagga Wagga Children’s Theatre and our school, where we not only get to treat our students to amazing performances but share and promote the amazing talent we have in the creative and performing arts,” Mr Wheaton said.
When asked if acting is in his future Archie says, “I like acting, I might do it when I grow up, but I also want to be a karate teacher.”