PHOTO BY MARK GOOD

MDI High wins drama festival



PHOTO BY MARK GOOD

Mount Desert Island High School’s performance at the Eastern Regional Maine State Drama Festival took first place. George Stevens Academy was second.

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School came in first place among Class B schools at the Eastern Regional Maine Drama Festival here over the weekend.

MDI’s production of “Interview: A Fugue for Eight Actors by Jean Claude van Itallie,” was directed by Casey Rush.

Judge Aynne Ames gave the show 95 out of 100 points. She called the show “A challenging, sophisticated, engaging, well-executed production…beautifully realized.”

George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill came in second. Shead High School in Eastport was third and Sumner High School fourth. Belfast won in the Class A division, followed by Brewer, Erskine and Old Town.

MDI now travels on the state finals.

MDI performed the show on Friday evening. Student performers included Ailish Fahey, Jacob Frankel, Raven Walczak, Samuel Robertson, Axis Fuksman-Kumpa, Max Swann, Emily Butler, and Griffin Graves.

Mark Smith of the Higgins/Demas theater staff received a standing ovation at the end of the festival for his technical and lighting assistance.

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Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.