17 schools advance to state finals for Maine Drama Festival

Stearns and Schenck High School's play. Photo by Nick Sambides.

Stearns and Schenck High School’s play. Photo by Nick Sambides.

The regional competition of the Maine Drama Festival, known informally as the “one acts” as each school presents a one-act play, were held Friday and Saturday at nine locations across the state. 17 schools in two categories — Class A, for schools with 525 students or above, and Class B, for schools with less than 525 students — will advance the the state finals, set for March 21 and 22 at Camden Hills Regional High School (Class A) and Yarmouth High School (Class B).

For Class A schools, the winners were Oceanside High School in Rockland with “The Never Ending Story”; Falmouth High School with “Charm”;, Windham High School with “The Spirit of Life”; Scarborough High School with “Jack and the Ruffians”; Skowhegan Area High School with “The Tragedy of Tragedies”; Gorham High School with “Mother Hicks” and Bangor High School, with the student-written “It’s Personal.”
For Class B schools, the winners were Orono High School with three plays by Samuel Beckett; a combined entry from both Stearns High School in Millinocket and Schenck High School in East Millinocket with “15 Reasons Not To Be In A Play”; Oak Hill High School in Wales with “Worlds Afire”; Madison Area High School with “Everyman”; Fort Kent Community High School with “Opus”; Mt. View High School in Thorndike with “The Belfry”; Mt. Desert Island High School with a commedia dell’arte play; Yarmouth High School with “Josephine’s Stories”; Freeport High School with “Unhappily Ever After” and Lisbon High School with “The Imaginary Invalid.”
Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.