Kudos to the cast

To the Editor:

I attended the performance this past Saturday at the Higgins-Demas Theater of “Jack, or The Submission,” and I wanted to give an enthusiastic “Bravo” to the cast, crew, set designers, costumer and director.

Eugene Ionesco’s Theater of the Absurd plays present a unique challenge, and this production has the proper tone throughout. It is the second Ionesco to be performed at Mount Desert Island High School. I designed makeup for a student-directed production of Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” in 1972.

I encourage theater fans in the area to see this production Friday night at 9 p.m. during the Regional Drama Festival at MDIHS or at the Black Rose Showcase on March 21.

MDIHS has a proud legacy of theater excellence. In the early years of the school, three of the first four one-act festival entries were chosen to represent Maine at the New England Drama Festival. These were “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck in 1969, “Becket” by Jean Anouih in 1971 and “The Lark” also by Anouilh in 1972.

I was fortunate to perform in two of them, “Becket” and “The Lark,” and was honored with a Best Actor award for my performance in the latter. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater from Denison University in 1977. I know what good theater is, and MDIHS’s production of “Jack, or The Submission” is good theater. The community can be proud of the staff and students involved in this production.

“Break a leg!” at the Regional Drama Festival and beyond.

Joe Marshall


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