Students at General John Stricker Middle School at their first dress rehearsal for Alice in Wonderland Junior.

DUNDALK — Student actors at General John Stricker Middle School are preparing for their school play, Alice in Wonderland Junior.

Alice in Wonderland Junior the play is very similar to the movie,” special educator Stephanie Jones said.

“In the play, Alice goes to a dream land with weird animals, twins that are strange, flowers that talk, cards that get their heads cut off and a queen who is in charge of everything,” Jones explained. “It’s really fun. The kids have been having a lot of fun with it. They’ve enjoyed going into wonderland.”

Eighth grader, Alexis Dellapenna, will be performing as The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland Junior, which is her first play.

“My character is a crazy, fun person that loves to host tea parties and birthday parties,” Dellapenna said.

Although she is enjoying her time as an actress, the middle schooler doesn’t want to pursue acting as a career. “I want to work with kids at a daycare or be a children’s counselor,” she said.

Eighth grader Madison Wise snagged the lead role as Alice, and said she has “really enjoyed” the character.

According to Wise, Alice is a curious girl, “who will probably never stop exploring and causes herself a lot of trouble with her funny attitude and her very troubled curiosity.”

The young actress says she can relate to the character because she is also curious. She said she plans to partially pursue acting in the future.

Eighth grader Ethan Rivera is playing The Caterpillar.

According to Rivera, his character is hyper.

“He loves having fun and wants to cheer people up and have a good day,” he said. “I want to be an actor because you can express yourself and be someone you’re not and bring people smiles.”

The show will run April 11 and 12 and April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re fortunate to do four shows this year, which is really cool,” Jones said.

Before the show, tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults. At the door, it’s $5 for children and $8 for adults. Contact Stephanie Jones, at to purchase tickets.