Into Wonderland with Hyde Park Fine Arts!
The Hyde Park Fine Arts Department unveiled a remarkable production this month as Alice in Wonderland came to the stage at the Quarries.
With evening performances on November 12 and 14, this beautiful production was a hit with audiences each night! With over forty cast members and crew from freshmen to seniors, the all-star cast helped retell the “tales” of Alice and her mad adventures in Wonderland! This memorable production was led by HS Fine Arts Faculty Mrs. Lynn Kent assisted by Mr. Ralph Carson with help on costumes, set design, and logistics by a host of HP Parents. Mrs. Kent reflected on this production: “As always, the most rewarding part of directing is watching the students grow and shine.”
Many HP students decide to play a part in the HP Fine Arts Productions throughout their high school years. Take a moment to gain insights from a few of our cast members about their Fine Arts experiences at HP! Playing Alice this year, Senior Alexis Hurley stated, “Mrs. Kent (HPHS Fine Arts/Drama Director) has given me confidence to portray my characters in each production.” Alexis also played the lead role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast last spring. Senior Jenna Douglass, playing the Queen of Hearts, stated, “I’ve enjoyed being a part of multiple productions at HPHS and I love how Ms. Cluff (HP Choir Director) has encouraged me in my singing throughout my HS years!” Senior Jack Seale played the role of the Mad Hatter in this production and reflected, “I have gained confidence in myself and my acting as I’ve been a part of the HPHS Fine Arts Productions!” Senior Max Haager, playing the King, mentioned, “I was encouraged by Mrs. Kent to try out and I've enjoyed being a part of the cast of many productions at HP.” Max and Jack were in HP productions including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Senior Matt Crawford playing the Cheshire Cat stated, “Along with my parts in the plays and musicals at HP, I’ve also been a part of the TAPPS Duet Acting Competitions.” Seniors Carson Martindale and Marybeth Schmidt, playing the roles of the White Rabbit and Tweedledum, have both taken part in HP fine arts since their freshman year. Marybeth added, “I will remember a quote that Mrs. Kent told us: ‘There are no small parts, only small actors!’ - she always encouraged us to embrace our opportunities!” As their last year at Hyde Park comes to a close, this outstanding group of seniors will consider top universities including Texas A&M, The University of Texas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and more! The Austin Community is also invited to stay tuned as the spring musical will hit the stage at the Quarries in April.