BAR HARBOR — Once again the Mount Desert Island High School Drama Department is hosting the Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival. The shows will be staged on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 in the Higgins-Demas Theater.
The two-day festival will feature nine one-act performances by schools from Hancock, Washington, Waldo, Penobscot and Kennebec counties.
The regional festival, which has been hosted by MDI Drama for fifteen of the last seventeen years, features nine schools hoping to reach the state finals in two classes based on school size. Drama festival rules dictate that each show must work within strict guidelines. Length is limited to 40 minutes and setup and strike times to five minutes each. Schools that exceed the limits, even by one second, are disqualified from the competition and may not move on to states; however, they may still earn individual and ensemble honors.
MDI drama’s entry in the competition is “Interview: A Fugue for Eight Actors” written by avant-garde playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie. “Interview” premiered in 1966 as part of the America Hurrah trilogy, widely hailed as the watershed play of the sixties. This short play is at turns absurd, hilarious, and unsettling.
A local performance of “Interview: A Fugue for Eight Actors” is slated for Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Higgins-Demas Theater at the school on the Eagle Lake Road. Donations will be gladly accepted.
On March 8, the evening’s opening session of the drama fest will begin at 7 p.m. and feature performances by George Stevens Academy, Shead High School and festival host MDI High School.
The Saturday afternoon session is scheduled to begin at noon and will feature Old Town High School, Washington Academy and Belfast Area High School.
The festival wraps up Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m. with scheduled performances by Brewer High School, Sumner Memorial High School and Erskine Academy.
Each session of three plays will begin on the hour. Each play after that will begin on the hour after at least a ten-minute intermission.
Regional drama festival tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may only be purchased at the door.
For further information contact festival host Casey Rush at 288-5011, ext. 3113, or check out the MDI Drama website at www.mdidrama.org.