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Memories of the hardwood still echo following the recent high school basketball tournaments – memories of hard-fought, hard-won games. But it’s a different sort of scholastic competition playing out this weekend in venues across the state - a competition whose players are just as devoted and just as passionate as any who took to the floor at the Cross Insurance Center, the Augusta Civic Center or the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Stages all over the state being prepared for the largest scholastic drama weekend of the year - the Maine Drama Festival.

The Maine Drama Festival has been a going concern for nearly a century, giving high school students an opportunity to take to the stage and encounter like-minded peers in a competitive, yet supportive environment. Under the auspices of the Maine Principals Association, schools from across Maine come together to present theatrical works they have produced.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:30

Some wonderful one-acts

Judging the state one-act festival

FREEPORT - I'll be honest - I'm a bit of a curmudgeon. As a rule, I have relatively little use for the young people of today. To be truthful, though, I didn't have much use for young people even when I was one of them. And I enjoyed my curmudgeonly attitude. Relished it even.

So imagine my surprise when my fist-shaking, 'Get off my lawn!'-shouting ways are met full on by a group of teenagers whose passion, enthusiasm and talent force me to reconsider my sweeping generalizations about the younger generations.

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Four earn individual honors in parody of Shakespeare's plays 

FALMOUTH After months of rehearsals and a round of competition, students from Brewer High School made their way to the state Class A finals of the Maine State Drama Festival held last weekend at Falmouth High School.

The students, performing the hilarious parody 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),' qualified for the competition after earning a berth at the regional round at Stearns High School in Millinocket earlier this month, where they outperformed both Bangor and Old Town high schools. And while they placed sixth overall at the state-level competition, four cast members were recognized by the judges for their individual contributions.

'We were very pleased with our performance,' said Rich Kimball, a teacher at the high school and Brewer's drama coach. 'I thought it was our best performance of the show.'

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