School Notes: More Student Theater Onstage This Weekend

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/12/2018 10:00:53 PM

After we previewed fall high school theatrical productions on Oct. 30, we learned of still more on the way. This weekend’s productions are John Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine by students in Thetford Academy teacher Ray Chapin’s drama class; and of the musical Newsies by most of the student body of The Sharon Academy.

Almost, Maine will be performed at Thetford Academy’s Martha Jane Rich Theater at 7 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $5 at the door. Last November, Chapin’s students staged the two-act adaptation The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); and in the spring of 2018, the students won the Vermont Drama Festival for high schoolers with a further-abridged, one-act version.

The Sharon Academy will wrap up its annual, school-wide theatrical project at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall at 7 on Friday and Saturday nights, with performances of Newsies, a musical re-imagining of a 19th-century strike by newspaper delivery boys in New York City. To reserve tickets ($8 to $12), call 802-763-2500, ext. 223. To learn more, visit TSA’s Newsies page on Facebook. In 2017, the school staged and performed the musical School of Rock.

High School Honors

The Woodsville High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted six students. They are Emma Restelli, Alexander Engerson, Danielle Hallam, Astra Sleeper, Sierra Norko and Emma Daly.

■The Lebanon High School faculty recently named junior Caroline Borger student of the month for November.

“She always wants to better herself and is a caring and motivating kid for others,” teacher Tim Kehoe wrote in his nomination of Borger. “She is active in band and athletics and seems to always push herself to improve in everything she does. As an athlete, she is a great teammate who is always willing to help and encourage. Her positivity is infectious.”

The Sound of Music

Four singers from Woodsville High School recently qualified to perform at the All New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University. Singers earning the honor were sopranos Chica Mendoza and Kaycee Reagan and altos Ava ​​​​​​​Boudreault and Kyra Carbee.

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