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Updated: 09/29/2013 08:00:01AM

NPHS takes adventure to … ‘Wonderland’

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SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
From left, Erica Staub, 16, as Alice; the March Hare played by Jasmina Solunac, 15; Alyssa Mead, 16, as the Dormouse; and James Geis, 17, playing the Mad Hatter, rehearse the mad tea party scene from North Port High School's upcoming fall production, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
Erica Dean, 18, also playing Alice, leans over the shoulder of Taylor Walsh, 17, playing Alice's older sister, Lorina, in an adaptation from the original book by North Port High teacher Dena Henderson. The show runs from Friday through Oct. 6 at the North Port Performing Arts Center.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
The White Rabbit, played by Kevin Borelli, 17; and Erica Dean, 18, one of the Alices, improvise during play rehearsal last week.

By ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER

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NORTH PORT — When North Port High School theater teacher Dena Henderson couldn’t find a stage version of “Alice in Wonderland” she liked for her student thespians to perform, she decided to adapt Lewis Carroll’s classic tale herself.

“Ever since I was very little, it has been a story I’ve been obsessed with,” Henderson said last week, in the midst of sewing costumes. “The very first time my parents took me to Walt Disney World — the first year it opened — I was allowed to pick one souvenir, and I picked a little glass Cheshire cat.”

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