BRASHER FALLS - St. Lawrence Central Schools stage crew didnt have to worry about taking down the set from the weekends production of Willy Wonka.
Some Alcoa employees were more than happy to do it for them.
It was part of an ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighborhoods) grant from the Alcoa Foundation, an effort that sees Alcoa employees volunteer together for a community service project. In addition, the Alcoa Foundation matches the volunteer effort with a $3,000 grant, which the school will be able to use for future spring productions, if at least 10 Alcoa employees participate and put in at least four hours.
Ive done them before for the fire department, according to Dale Nicholson, one of the Alcoa volunteers.
He has also assisted with previous efforts at St. Lawrence Central School, where his two daughters were in this years production.
Larry LaBarge, the technical director for this years staging of Willy Wonka, spent weeks starting in early January and leading up to the weekend building the set and arranging the lighting. This was his fourth year as the technical director for a play directed by his wife, Jamie.
It was me and a few students if I really needed help, he said.
The students performed in front of sellout crowds on Friday and Saturday night, and on Monday the Alcoa employees did their part for the school.
Right now theyre tearing everything down, Mr. LaBarge said as the sound of power tools buzzed throughout the school auditorium.
But it wasnt just tearing down the set. The volunteers also hauled it to a space behind the school for storage.
This year well put everything out back and save as much as we can to be used for future spring productions, Mr. LaBarge said.
The stage was stacked with pieces of the set, but it wasnt as bad as it could have been, he said.
It was actually one of our smaller sets, Mr. LaBarge noted. This was a little bit easier. Most of it stayed in place.