The Paper photo by Rick Holtz"Alice in Wonderland" meets "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend at Southmont High School.
The Paper photo by Rick Holtz

"Alice in Wonderland" meets "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend at Southmont High School.
Travel down the rabbit hole this weekend with Southmont High School Drama Club as the Wicked Witch of the West takes over Wonderland and creates an army of zombies.

Directors Kati Dunlap and Ethan Kuhn are proud to present this year's play "Alice in Zombieland," written by Craig Sodaro and published by Pioneer Drama Services.

The play combines "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz," while mixing in a few zombies for good measure.

Kuhn said that they choose "Alice in Zombieland" to fit this Halloween season, and to have numerous diverse characters to make the play interesting for the audience. The play also is about two well-known stories, he said.

The play tells how the Wicked Witch of the West has invaded Wonderland. She is turning the residents of the land in zombies to do her bidding. It is up to Alice, played by Hannah Reece, to stop the witch and save Wonderland.

"It's Halloween weekend," he said. "We wanted to incorporate that. We also wanted to do something that could have a big cast."

He said that there are 20 students participating in the play in the cast and crew.

This is sophomore Haley Hedge's first play and she says that stage fright is the hardest part, but hopes to "get over it and get out there." In the play she plays the cook.

Being on stage is nothing new to sophomore Jalyn Norton, who stars as the Wicked Witch, as this is her fourth year participating in Southmont Drama Club. Norton says the best part of the drama club is "bonding with the cast and meeting new people."

Alice in Zombieland will premiere at Southmont High School in the auditorium Saturday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at 3 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.