MDI hosting Drama Fest

Mary Paola in MDI's One Act competition piece, "The Other Shore," by Gao Xingjian.  PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS DOUGHERTY

Mary Paola in MDI’s One Act competition piece, “The Other Shore,” by Gao Xingjian.

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School will host the Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival for Class B schools on March 4-5. Nine high schools will compete for the opportunity to advance to the Class B State Final at Stearns/Schenck High School in Millinocket on March 18-19. Two Class B winners will be named at the local regional festival.

On Friday, performances will begin at 7 p.m. with Shead High School’s comedy “Caution: Politricks,” followed at 8 p.m. by George Stevens Academy’s selection from Shakespeare, “In the Middle of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.” At 9 p.m., MDI’s absurdist drama “The Other Shore” is slated to take the stage.

The competition will continue on Saturday at noon with Sumner Memorial High School’s drama “Goodbye, Miss Lizzie Borden,” at 1 p.m. with Searsport District High School’s drama “Three Asian Folktales” and at 2 p.m. with Bucksport High School’s comedy “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza.”

The final session will begin at 7 p.m. with Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s production of “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Play,” followed at 8 p.m. by “Bound,” presented by Ellsworth High School. “Bound” is an original work written by local artist Georgia Williamina Zildjian and conceived with Jasmine Ireland.

The festival concludes at 9 p.m. with Washington Academy’s comedy “Miss Beth.”

Tickets for each session of this MPA-sponsored competition are $8, $5 for students and age 65 and above and are available at the door.

All performances will start on the hour. No one will be allowed to enter the theater once the doors are closed before the start of each performance.

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