Oceanside competes in Ellsworth

Class (A) act at Camden Hills

By Dagney C. Ernest | Mar 16, 2019
Actors and puppets interact in Class A Lincoln Academy’s “The Snow Maiden.” From left are Logan Heath and Arai Tan, operating the Maroushka puppet; May Halm as the title character, Snegoroushka; and Jonah Daiute and John Cook operating the Ivan puppet.

The state finals of the 2019 Maine Drama Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at two locations. Class A (500 students or more) schools will compete at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport; and Class B (smaller schools) at Ellsworth.

While Camden Hills did not make the finals itself, theater students of the Class A school are well versed in hosting such an event. There will be three sessions of finalist play performances. The public is encouraged to attend. Admission at the door will be $8, $5 for students and senior citizens, per session.

Rules are the same as for the regionals, for both competitors and audience members. The one-act plays cannot run any longer that 40 minutes, and troupes have no more than five minutes to put up or take down their sets. And once a play performance begins, the doors are locked to anything but emergency entrance or exit. Play schedule is subject to change. Following is the schedule for the Class A final in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills, Keelson Drive off Route 90.

Friday, 6 p.m.: Skowhegan High School, “A Dopey Fairy Tale” by Michael Weller; Lewiston High School, “Tracks” by Peter Tarsi; Lincoln Academy, “The Snow Maiden,” adapted by Griff Braley.

Saturday, noon: Hermon High School, “Scenes from Epic Proportions” by Larry Coen and David Crane; Noble High School, “Arlecchino’s Big Mistake” by Kelli Leigh-Ann Connors; Falmouth High School, “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller; Yarmouth High School, “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild” by Paul Zindel.

Saturday, 6 p.m.: Gorham High School, “Antigone Now” by Melissa Cooper; Lawrence High School, “Conform!” by Reid Conrad.

Oceanside in Class B final

After a hometown performance March 20, Oceanside High School will be traveling to Ellsworth High School, 24 Lejok St., for the Class B final. The Rockland troupe will be competing against the host school; Central, Lisbon, Orono, Stearns, Lisbon and Winslow high schools; Foxcroft Academy; and Maine Coast Waldorf School. Oceanside is scheduled to perform its regional-winning “A Play with Words” during the 6 p.m. session Saturday.

The two winners of the state finals will be invited to attend this year’s New England Drama Festival, a noncompetitive event set for April 15 through 17 at Cranston High School in Cranston, R.I. Results from the state finals will be posted Sunday, March 24, on the Maine Drama Festival’s Facebook page.

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