Once again, the Alpha team, a group of 78 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Shelburne Community School, is busy preparing for this year’s musical. What is the Alpha play? The Alpha play is a student-directed musical all about team building, leadership, and hard work. The play employs all these skills, plus it builds community through theater and the arts. In Shelburne, every December, the students put on a musical for the town. This year, attendees will be transported back in time to ancient Rome as you experience “When in Rome,” a play written by Martin A. Follose. Peasant thieves Gladius, played by Clark Schmitt, Minimus, played by Oscar Ewald, and Julia, played by Talia Loiter, sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens. Gladius is in love with the beautiful princess and simply must catch another glimpse of her. They are promptly caught in a hilarious scene, almost becoming lion food until the princess has an idea.
Entirely student-run, with about 40 actors and 38 students working behind the scenes, the Alpha musical has been a rewarding project for both teachers and students alike. This year’s student directors are Kacey Gorton, Lila Oullette, and Charlie Averill. The group has spent over two months preparing, and two performances are scheduled.
“The play is a great team building experience and everyone has worked very hard. That hard work will pay off when the play turns out to be success,” said Lexi Anderson, the Assistant Tech Director.
Performances of the Alpha play will be Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 7pm in the Shelburne Community School Cafeteria. Tickets are $6 for an adult, $5 for students, and children under 6 are free. Tickets are available at the door.