Pictured: One-Act Play students Andrew Garza, Gennie DeLeon, Sara Frazier, Kara Rodriguez and Kimberly Gotelli were thrilled with the article about them, which appeared in the September issue of Dramatics Magazine. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Dramatics Magazine distributed in North America, Europe, Asia

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice High School drama students who participated in this summer's one-act play performance of Pinocchio Commedia at the University of Nebraska were featured in the September issue of Dramatics Magazine.

Drama teacher Darlene Totten said this is the widest exposure the group has ever received.

Dramatics Magazine is an international theatre publication with readership throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

"This was a great opportunity for the students to get recognition for the hard work they put into their performances. They are really the unsung heroes of AHS," Totten said. "The students are finally getting attention for their work."

Junior Kimberly Gotelli, one of the students photographed for the article, said the writer attended their performance at the university.

The students took over the open court yard area at the university, making it their own personal stage for a performance of Pinocchio.

The commedia dell'arte version, with elaborate costumes and masks and a show within a show quality, was something seldom seen on the university campus throughout the year.

"She was very impressed," student Sara Frazier said. "We were the first group there to perform outside."

Gennie DeLeon said the experience was fun and said just because the name Pinocchio was in it, doesn't mean it was a Disney production.

"It wasn't the Disney version. People assumed because that was all they've seen. Our production had much more fun, more energy," DeLeon said.

All of the students who attended shared one thing, DeLeon said, a love of acting.

"We all love drama so much. How many times in your life can you perform in front of thousands of people and feel those emotions, working with people you consider your family," Gotelli said.

A new school year means new productions for the AHS drama students. They will perform The Commedia: Puss in Boots this Sunday at 3 p.m in the AHS Little Theatre, with a repeat performance Monday night at 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased from drama students, in the Theatre Arts classroom or at the door.