Middle School Drama
“I’m not looking to make you a Broadway star, but I do want to inspire you to love theater,” says Middle School Drama Coordinator Alex Scopeletis, and listening to her describe her own passion for the arts and education, it’s easy to see how she makes that come about. Born to parents whose own lives have revolved around the theater–her father is a professional actor, singer, and pianist, her mother a classically trained singer, and both parents are gifted script writers–she grew up enjoying acting and the stage. Mrs. Scopeletis earned a B.A. in Public Communication from American University and, after discovering her love of teaching during a stint as a substitute teacher, went on to receive her M. Ed. degree in Secondary Education from Marymount University. She has taught at the Little Theatre of Alexandria and at Glen Echo’s Adventure Theatre, and has directed plays at Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, and at the Alden Theatre in McLean. She also offers interactive drama training and management communication workshops to adults.
Ask Mrs. Scopeletis about her favorite aspects of performance, and the answer comes easily: directing, and musical theater. What happens when Middle School students take the stage? “We have a great time. I expect a high level of work, and a high level of enjoyment,” she says, explaining, “Students take part in many aspects of play production. In addition to acting, they conceptualize costumes, make prop lists, take charge of lights and sound. It’s thrilling when it all comes together.” Mrs. Scopeletis looks forward to using this year’s production to celebrate Green Hedges’ 75th anniversary. She enjoys tennis, baseball, and travel, naming Iceland, Tanzania, and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Williamsport, PA, among past and future destinations.