Unified Theatre’s Variety Show at Alvirne Entertains All

January 16, 2015

by Shannon Lindsay

On Dec. 19 and 20, Alvirne High School’s Unified Theatre group held its first show, a holiday variety show with a heartfelt storyline running throughout it.  The show was held in Alvirne’s new theatre room, Theatre 3.1.1., and was a huge success with both days being completely sold out; people even had to be turned away at the door.

The show, titled “Holiday Extravaganza,” consisted of nine scenes.  Each scene included a different holiday song or two and lots of singing and dancing.  Some of the scenes which the audience seemed to enjoy the most included the songs “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and “Let It Go.”  The audience was invited to sing along to all of the songs, with the words being shown on a projector screen at the back of the stage.

The songs and performances throughout the show were brought on by a story about two boys who were fighting too much, rather than enjoying Christmas together.  Through the different songs and performances, the boys, along with the audience, were given the message that everything is more enjoyable if you put aside disagreements and are able to have fun together.

The show got rave reviews from anyone who came to see it.  One audience member commented, “It was a wonderful performance.  I had a smile on my face for the entire performance.”  Another stated, “If you were not in the Christmas spirit prior to going into this show, you walked out feeling like you wanted to dance and sing.  It brought tears to my eyes when you could see that the kids were so proud of what they were doing and how happy they were to be in front of the audience.”

Lauren Denis, one of the teachers in charge of putting the whole show together, was particularly pleased with the show, but was also thrilled about the experience as a whole.  “This experience was one that I will never forget,” she stated.  “The rehearsal process was my favorite part because this is where all the students started forming friendships.  The jokes, the high-fives, the laughs started there and are still going.  As a teacher of theater, that is what it is all about.”

Even though the Unified Theatre show this year has come and gone, there are still many other projects taking place at Alvirne that can support Project Unify and Alvirne’s W.A.T.S. Club.  Currently, the unified basketball season is in full swing.  There are no remaining home games, but an away game will be played at Nashua South on Monday, Feb. 2 at 3:15.  Also, the Penguin Plunge, their most important fundraiser, will be Saturday, Jan. 31. Alvirne’s page to make donations for this is http://www.firstgiving.com/team/282570.