Camden Hills, to Caribou and back

By Dagney C. Ernest | Mar 11, 2019
Photo by: Marti Stone Camden Hills Regional High School’s original “You & Mia” includes a boisterous high school baseball game.

The theater students of Camden Hills Regional High School spent Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at Caribou High School to compete in the Maine Drama Festival regional. They returned Sunday, March 10, just as the snow began to fall on the Midcoast.

Faculty member and Technology Systems Coordinator Tom Heath, who directs the school’s one-act play, as well as coordinating the statewide drama festival, credited the Camden Hills troupe and supporters for being willing to go the required distance — farther, in fact, than traveling to next month’s New England festival in Rhode Island would be. He, the tech crew and student director Tatum Dowd made the trip twice, traveling up and back for Tech Saturday on March 2.

Dowd, a senior, received a Judges’ Commendation for Excellence in Playwriting for “You & Mia,” the original one-act she created as part of an independent study, as well as her final project in a creative writing class last year. Bradlee Watts, Caleb Edwards, Robyn Walker-Spencer and Katie Southworth were named to the All Festival Cast. And Myles Kelley received a Judges’ Commendation for Musical Arrangement for the play’s opening song.

The competition has strict time limitations, and the Camden Hills performance March 9 went 15 seconds beyond them. But Heath said it was the best show yet of “You & Mia,” which had had two preview performances at the Rockport school.

While Camden Hills will not be competing in the state finals, the school will be there — rather, the Class A final, for schools with 500 or more students, will be at the Strom auditorium, hosted by Heath and the Camden Hills drama contingent and allies, Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. For more information, visit the Maine Drama Festival’s Facebook page.

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