There are some memories that can never be replaced, and having a major role in your high school play is one of them.
No one in the theater department at Warren County High School thought a girl could pull off the part of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, but Jessi Platter did. "It was my laugh at the auditions, definitely the laugh," Platter said.
As a sophomore, Mackenzie Jones never thought she would land the lead role as Alice. She heard the good news from a friend on the phone. "The cast list is up online, you're Alice! I was like, What? What? I started crying, I told my mom and everyone was so excited. She started crying and the dogs were like, what's going on," said Jones.
Jones said it's been overwhelming, wonderful, and completely worth while. "How is she going to fall down the rabbit hole, how is she going to grow, shrink, and stretch in a bunch of these different crazy ways. I think we came up with some pretty interesting and creative illusions to make it look like I'm humongous and itty bitty," she said.
"They're picking up a lot of technical aspects of the production as well. Such as costumes, light, and sound. They've been working really really hard," said Director Chris Whitney.
It's Platter's last year at Warren County High School and she said when all is said and done, she's going to cry like a baby. "The only thing that's keeping me going is that we have a musical coming up and we're doing Bye Bye Birdie," Platter said.
The students in the theater department said this is more than just putting on a play. It's about being who you are, or better yet, someone completely different. "You can really just be silly. I've never met a mean theater kid. They're all just so fun and wild and none of them are boring," said Jones."It definitely helped me. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the theater department and specifically Mr. Whitney," said Platter.
Alice In Wonderland begins at 7pm on Thursday February 21st at Warren County High School.
It's at the same time Friday and Saturday, and then there is a matinee on Sunday starting at 2pm.
The tickets are being sold for $6.