SPRING MAIN STAGE 2023!!!
Filled with jokes, puns and portmanteau, Wonderland High celebrates the writing and wit of Lewis Carroll, as his characters are reimagined to be students in a contemporary high school.
The first day in a new school can be difficult, but for Arthur Bloom, it may prove impossible. Newly relocated from Kansas City, Arthur discovers that Wonderland High is not your ordinary high school. Thrown into a school where croquet is bigger than football, the school store sells much more than paper and pens, and lockers hold a lot more than books, Arthur finds that being “cool” is the only rule... and even eating lunch in the cafetorium is an ordeal. As he makes new friends (and a couple of enemies), Arthur learns to stand up for himself and helps others learn the importance of self-reliance and commitment to ones’ principles and passions.
Filled with an assortment of characters that are based on Carroll's creations – like Principal Cheshire (who is often heard, but not seen); zany Matt Adder; April May (who had her hair done in March); Dora Mouskowitz (who can barely stay awake); Lily, Rose, Daisy and Violet (the Garden Glees – an all-girls a capella group); and Alice (of course!), Wonderland High features an energetic score and plenty of comedic, age-appropriate character roles.
A Short History of RiverHawk ProductionsSince its inception in the cold winter of 2012, RiverHawk Productions has been dedicated to bringing northern Virginia the absolute highest quality shows (at the middle school level) in our entire nation. Over our past eleven shows: Seussical (2012), Beauty & the Beast (2013), Back to the 80s (Summer Stage 2013), Shrek (2014), Tarzan (2015), The Little Mermaid (2016), Dracula (Summer Stage 2016), Mary Poppins (2017), Crybaby (Summer Stage 2017), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2018), Thirteen (Summer Stage 2018), Freaky Friday (2019) Sister Act (Summer Stage 2019), and our grand return post COVID-19 with Newsies (2022), 1,800 students have brought audiences of over 37,000 people, full Broadway versions of your favorite family shows (all through the talent of the most incredible kids to have ever existed - the students of Belmont Ridge Middle School). Winner of over 50 national titles RiverHawk Productions is ecstatic for what looks to be the greatest spring stage production to date!You will forget you are sitting in a middle school auditorium with gorgeous costumes, professionally designed and engineered moving sets, lighting and sound effects from our state of the art boards, epic dance choreography, and of course the unrivaled talent of our cast and crew - this is a production that you and your family will not want to miss!Come be a part of a tradition that has been changing the lives of middle-schoolers and their families for ten years. We CANNOT WAIT to make it eleven.The mission of RiverHawk Productions has always been to create an equitable and engaging environment of theatrical excellence where students are encouraged to excel as actors, singers, dancers, performers, stage/tech crews, instrumentalists, but most of all, as people. No matter what your experience, the musical is the place for you (or your child). Above the art, this is a place where students make strong friendships, gain self-confidence, and feel proud that they are a part of a production that is far larger than themselves. Nurturing your child artistically, academically, and socially in a safe and energetic atmosphere has always been my top priority. I look forward to working with your children. It truly is a privilege.They are some of the absolute best people I have ever met.The honor and pleasure continues to be mine,Jason P. Augustowski, M.Ed.Executive Director, RiverHawk ProductionsBelmont Ridge Middle School