Christmas concert last hurrah for Alberton Central

Alberton Central School performed its final Christmas concert before a crowd of more than 300 people at the Townshend Theatre last Tuesday night and perhaps it was only fitting that it was something a little different.
Rather than the usual fare of traditional Christmas carols and skits, the school chose instead to perform the off-beat musical, “Santa’s Holiday Hoedown”—a whimsical song-and-dance show written by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson.
Alberton Central has been putting on its annual showcase at the Townshend Theatre since it opened in 1999, but when the curtain went down last Tuesday, it also marked the end of an era.
The small school west of Fort Frances will be closing its doors forever at the end of this school year in June. Most of its students will be attending the expanded J. W. Walker School in the west end of town from then on.
The imminent demise of the rural school didn’t seem to faze the student body, who put on an energetic and imaginative show for the appreciative audience.
The concert was followed by a silent auction, as well as coffee and goodies in the foyer.