The regional event of the Maine Drama Festival’s annual one act play competition happened over the weekend in eight high schools statewide, and by the end of the day Saturday, eight winners in both divisions — A and B, schools above 550 students and below — were chosen. Starting with the competition at Stearns High School in Millinocket, the class A winner was Brewer High School, with its production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” and class B’s winner was Fort Kent High School, with its adaptation of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” At Camden Hills Regional High School — who’s own production, “The Odyssey,” is pictured above — the class A winner was Oceanside High School in Rockland, with its version of the story of ”The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” while class B honors went to Lincoln Academy with “Antigone.”
At Mt. Desert Island High School, the entire competition was for class B schools, and two winners were chosen to advance — George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, with an adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Lee Academy, with “Check Please.” At Windham High School, it was an all class A event, with the two state level slots going to Cape Elizabeth with “Find Me” and Windham High School with “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” Skowhegan High School won class A at the competition at its own school, with their production of “Bow Down,” while class B winners there was Winthrop High School with “The Queen of TE.” At Leavitt High School in Turner, winners were class A’s Leavitt, with “A Play With Words,” and class B’s Yarmouth, with “Bottom’s Dream.” And at Freeport High School, class A winners were Falmouth High School with “This Is Where We Came In,” class B honors went to Freeport High School, with “Carnival of Curiousity.” As of noon on Sunday, Marshwood High School’s competition had not yet reported its results.
State finals will be held the weekend of March 23-24 at Yarmouth High School, with all levels competed over both Friday and Saturday.