Plans for the recent Upper School Dance concert began last summer when a group of rising seniors in the Brentwood Dance Company approached Performing Arts Chair and dance teacher Lauren Hall with a proposition.
Brooke M., Mimi M., Reilly R., Dylan F., Sarah S., and Chloe S. had an idea for an Alice in Wonderland-themed performance, with the roles already cast and a vision for music, costuming, and choreography. Delighted by their initiative, Ms. Hall gave an enthusiastic “YES!” to their proposal.
After months of hard work during class — learning new dance styles, selecting costumes, and working late afternoons with the designers and crew — the performance came together spectacularly. Wonderland showcased all levels of Upper School dancers in a mix of dance styles and even included a few cameos from Upper School teachers Hannah Vaughan, Fred Rible, and Kala Savage. The stagecraft classes collaborated on the show to create an impressive "Jabberwocky"-inspired dragon puppet, which the students learned to animate through their choreography. Two theatrical design students also contributed their skills. Abigail C. ’25 designed a caterpillar that dancers incorporated into one piece, and Dylan U. ’24 designed the lighting for three of the dance numbers.
Enjoy a gallery of images from the show here.