A scene from the Mount Desert Island High School production of "The Dancers." PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS DOUGHERTY

‘The Dancers’ earns praise but no trophy

MILLINOCKET — The Mount Desert Island High School one act entry at the State Drama Festival, “The Dancers,” came in a disappointing sixth place with the festival judges here this past weekend.

Still, two MDI High actors, Mary Paola and Griffin Graves, brought home well-deserved All Festival Cast honors. Jacob Sanner and Max Corman were singled out for their sound design; Conor Crandall for his wonderful 1950s set design and Emilia Cullen for her “evocative use of practical lighting.”

Yarmouth’s flamboyant “Scenes from Epic Proportions” won the festival, and Deer Isle-Stonington, which was runner up to MDI at the regional competition, came in fourth with their zany “Dogg’s Hamlet.”

Although the one acts are over, there’s plenty of good drama ahead at MDI. Chris Dougherty will be directing the Agatha Christie Mystery “Mousetrap,” the longest running play in the history of the universe. Frank Bachman is preparing the whimsical “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean.”

Both are expected to open in May.


Nan Lincoln

Nan Lincoln

The former arts editor at the Bar Harbor Times writes reviews and feature stories for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.