The Winston School presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The Winston School’s drama department is staging the original version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” in the school’s auditorium at 215 Ninth St. in Del Mar. 

The Winston School is a college preparatory program for bright, creative students in grades 4 through 12 who have struggled to meet their potential. 

The Winston School offers an extensive arts curriculum providing classic training and a creative outlet as well as opportunities to build character and self-confidence. The school’s drama department plays a key role in the school, staging two plays a year for the upper grades and one for the middle and lower schools.  Previous productions have included “And Then There Were None,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Outsiders.” 

The lower and middle school theatrical production of “Alice in Wonderland” is based on the original 1865 novel written by English author Lewis Carroll.  The school’s drama teacher Stephanie Finkelberg cast the play and is the director.  The school’s art, graphics and multimedia teacher Dan Peragine created the backdrops and lower school teacher Diane Wedig worked with the students to make the sets and props. 

Finkelberg, who earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from NYU and a master’s of fine arts at University of San Diego, said the choice to stage this version of the classic story was easy. “We had the kids read the different versions before we picked which we were going to do.  The kids gravitated to the original.  It follows the traditional story which is more childlike and more fantasyland than realistic. It really required that they use their imaginations.”

Finkelberg, who also teaches Spanish and English at the school, said this is her twelfth Winston School production and it’s been the most challenging but fun production so far.

“It’s the largest production I’ve directed since the entire lower and middle schools are involved — we have more than 30 students compared to the usual 10 or 15,” Finkelberg said. “But it’s also been the most fun I’ve had. I’ve never done a middle school drama and that age responds well to the whole drama experience – from the script to the stage experience.  We’ve been able to explore and have fun together.”

Those interested in receiving information can email or call the school at 858-259-8155. 

‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Thursday, April 22 at 12:15 and 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
- Productions are open to the public
- Admission on a donation basis with proceeds benefiting the drama department
- Visit, call (858) 259-8155 or e-mail

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  4. ‘Alice’ delights community center
  5. An old-fashioned Holiday Wonderland

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