Searsport District High School to perform student-written play ahead of competition
SEASPORT — After their first Maine Drama Festival Regional win in 11 years, Searsport District High School will perform The Cost of a Drive, a student-written play, at the Maine State Drama Festival on Thursday, March 24, at 9 p.m. at Yarmouth High School.
The play was written by senior MacKenzie Philbrick during her sophomore year of high school. The piece won an award in 2015, after MacKenzie submitted it to Monmouth Theater's student playwriting competition, where it won the top prize and was staged by professional actors in a staged reading. The story is an intense drama that follows the aftermath of a car crash that involves five teens, and explores the ideas of self-worth, regret, remorse, sorrow and accountability for actions. It is the kind of drama that leaves the audience thinking.
Searsport will be holding a performance of the play for the public on Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Searsport High School. Admission is by donation, with all funds going toward covering the costs associated with traveling to the state competition.
The Cost of a Drive follows James, Alana, Harry and Rochelle after a deadly car crash. James is the teen who was driving when the accident occurred. He was street racing against another car when they suddenly came into a sharp corner. James' car went off the road and by unhappy circumstance, hit two pedestrians, instantly killing one and mortally wounding the other. In that accident, three people die, two are injured, and James, he walks off without a scratch. The show explores exactly what lead up to the crash, and how the crash affects more than just the teens, giving short looks at the lives of the parents of those involved.