Who are you? What year are you? What are your interests?
I’m Leah McGowan. I am in 11th grade and I like to sing, act and play guitar. I love hanging out with my friends and shopping.
What exactly do you do for Alice in Wonderland?
I play Alice, a girl who gets lost in the madness of wonderland.
What brought you to join the cast for Alice in Wonderland??
I’ve always loved theater and Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies. I also love the way the aerial apparatuses were incorporated into the show. I originally got into the theater by doing stage crew as a freshman but the first show I acted in was As You Like It, where I played a fairy and a goddess.
Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
During a run of Tweedles I was on the lyra and Matthew and Grayson were supposed to jump off and give me a little spin. This time they both spun it a lot. It was spinning so rapidly that I couldn’t get off. Every time I tried to get down it would spin even faster. Eventually, I just ended up half jumping/falling off, but I forgot my next line because I was so dizzy.
Alice in Wonderland is about a fantastical land with many famous characters and Alice who ventures throughout. How have you connected to the story?
Alice is a very curious character and I feel like I can relate to her a bit. I also love how she is very determined to get home.
You are using a script that was created at Homestead in 2015, how have you changed it? What have you added or taken away?
A lot of things have been changed: there was a book I was supposed to carry throughout the entire show but that ended up getting cut. We also added a new scene between Caterpillar and Alice which is now one of my favorite scenes.
What’s one thing that is different in this play or rehearsal process than anything else we’ve done in the Homestead Theatre Department?
I absolutely love how the silks and lyra are incorporated into almost every scene. It truly is magical. I also love how all the characters interact with Alice.
Come see “Alice in Wonderland” Oct 21 and 22 at 7pm and Oct 23 at 1pm