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Allison Smoot (left) and Aliyah Ordaz (right), who play Alice, look at Maureena Smoot as the White Rabbit.

The local high school theater group is climbing out of its socially distanced rabbit hole this month with an in-person production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Infinite Theatre Group, composed of students from Liberty Ranch and Galt high schools, adapted to the coronavirus pandemic with shows over Zoom, and recorded performances, but they are inviting audiences back to watch them live, starting next week in the Galt High auditorium.

“It feels good” to return to in-person shows, Galt High drama teacher Sonja Brown said at a Nov. 5 rehearsal. Though the students will be masked, they will be wearing a design that will let their voices shine through.

While the rest of the world goes topsy-turvy, Brown hoped to offer a rendition of Wonderland that will be familiar to those who have seen the 1951 Disney film.

“We’re actually trying to stay as traditional as we can with the expectations that audience members are going to come with,” she said.

After so long in remote performances, Brown said she has spent time retraining students for acting in person.

The production’s stage manager, Katlyn Trigo, got into theater last year, when it was still online. She said this sometimes meant the things she was learning were more theoretical. Now, helping organize a play in person, the 17-year-old said that what helps her the most is her bond with the actors and Brown’s directing ability. Trigo anticipated stage managing again in the future.

“Honestly, I really love theater because, when you’re stage manager, you get to do a little bit of everything because you get to help everyone — costumes, props,” Trigo said. “And the crew and the actors are very nice.”

Aliyah Ordaz, one of two actors playing Alice, said she has long wanted to play the role.

“I’ve honestly always wanted to be Alice, like, since I was a little kid, so when I found out we were doing this play I was super excited and practiced really hard,” Ordaz said.

As Alice travels through the strange land on the other end of the rabbit hole, the girl shows that she is “smart and stands up for what she believes in,” Ordaz said, pointing to the moment when Alice stands up to the queen.

“It’s funny because no one else in Wonderland is brave enough to do that,” Ordaz said, “and she just comes up, this new person in town, and she’s like, ‘You know what, I’m going to change things around here.’”

Ordaz said audiences would enjoy the play’s costumes and the “chaotic” Tweedledum and Tweedledee scenes.

“I just hope that they get the jokes that we tell because it’d just be really funny,” Ordaz added. “I love hearing the audience laugh back or laugh with us.”

“Alice in Wonderland” runs Nov. 18-20 at 7 p.m., at the Galt High School Auditorium, which is located at 145 North Lincoln Way. Attendees are asked to “pay what you can” for tickets, which are a $10 value. For more information, call (209) 745-3081.