Grace Zofia Alberti, 16, is a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, but that hasn’t stopped her from starting her own theatre company. Alberti
formed Ad Astra Theatre Troupe, Ltd. in 2017 in order to give area teens an opportunity to take leadership in direction, play-writing, acting, set and costume design and stage management. Last May, Ad Astra successfully staged Jeremy Bloom’s Peter/Wendy at the Saratoga Springs High School Teaching Auditorium. Peter/Wendy was Alberti’s directorial debut.
After searching for the right 2018 project, Alberti and troupe member, Catie LeCours, a senior at Niskayuna High School, teamed up with SUNY
Adirondack professor, Lale Davidson, to create an original play based upon the young women who fought in the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. Auditions for the play will be held on February 3, 2018 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Bloom Fitness Boutique, 153 Regent St, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. There are 13 roles for teen girls and boys, and there will be a small ensemble. To register for the auditions, see the Ad Astra Theatre Troupe web site, www.adastratroupe.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alberti, who is of Polish and Italian heritage, is fascinated by Polish history. Alberti has been a volunteer and performer at the Latham, NY
PolishFest for many years and it was there that she met the historians who are reviewing and advising the writing team. Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of *Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945*, and Alina Nowobliska, a Poland-based history blogger are working with the writers to ensure historical accuracy of the play.
Saratoga Springs High School Junior, Tess Davidson-Brown is working on the show poster, which will be done in period style. Kathleen Rembish, Waldorf School Junior, is envisioning the costumes. Teen musicians and choreographers will be planning WWII-era music and dance to bring the production to life. Ad Astra Theatre Troupe Board member, Emma Willard Junior, Georgia Berry, will be part of the music planning. Alberti will be directing the production.
The play will be performed in mid-May, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY and scenes from the play will be performed at PolishFest in Latham, NY June 1-3, 2018.