The state finals of the 2010 Maine Drama Festival were held March 19 and 20 at two locations. Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport hosted the Class A state finals, and Yarmouth High School hosted the Class B finals. When all was said and struck, Skowhegan Area High School won in Class A, the division for schools with 550 and more students; and Hermon Academy won in Class B, the division for schools with fewer than 550 students.

The only local school in contention was Rockland District High School, which competed with “Wiley and the Hairy Man” by Jack Stokes, directed by Alison Machaiek. RDHS came in just four points behind Hermon, making it the Class B alternate. Alternates go to the New England Drama Festival should the winning schools be unable to and, as it turns out, that is the case in Class B this year. The New England event is festival format rather than a competition and will take place April 15 through 17 at Falmouth High School (alternate for Class A).

Hermon won with David Ives’ comedy “Sure Thing,” a perennial favorite in drama festival competition as Machaiek is well aware.

“In 2000, Rockland won the states in what was then Division 2 with a collection of Ives plays that featured ‘Sure Thing,'” she said early Sunday morning.

This will mark the Just Off Broadway Players second trip to New England Drama Festival. The school won the Class B state finals two consecutive years, traveling out of state to the regional festival in 2007 (Hermon was the alternate that year) and passing that honor to alternate Freeport High School in 2008 due to budget constraints.

Final ranking and scores in both classes are as follows. Class A: 1) Skowhegan with a score of 273; 2) Falmouth, with a score of 268; 3) Ellsworth High School, with a score of 265; 4) Cape Elizabeth High School, with a score of 263; 5) Scarborough High School, with a score of 263; 6) Lincoln Academy , with a score of 254; 7) Fryeburg Academy, with a score of 231; 8) Mount Desert Island High School, with a score of 211; and 9) Thornton Academy, with a score of 206. Class B: 1) Hermon, with a score of 284; RDHS, with a score of 280; 2) Winthrop High School, with a score of 270; 3) Yarmouth High School, with a score of 269; 4) Maine Central Institute, with a score of 241; 5) Oak Hill Academy, with a score of 221; 6) Fort Kent Community High School, with a score of 216; Traip Academy, with a score of 199; and Caribou High School, with a score of 186.

In addition to the rankings, judges at both finals named actors to the All Festival Cast and decided special awards. All four “Wiley” principal players were named to the All Festival Cast — Ian Ellis, Alex Young, Hannah Woodman and TJ Dodge. In addition, the show’s Tree Ensemble received a Judges’ Commendation, as did the show’s set design and construction; and Kotaro Taniguchi for music arrangement.

For more information, including complete results from both the regionals and state finals, visit The Maine Drama Festival is produced each year by the Maine Principals Association and is coordinated by Camden Hills’ Rick Ash, who also, with his well-trained troupe of techies and performers, hosted the Class A finals.

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