Camden Hills readies for one-act drama festival this weekend
ROCKPORT – Camden Hills Regional High School is gearing up for the weekend as they host the 2018 Regional Maine Drama Festival on March 9 and 10. CHRHS entry The Idiot and the Oddity was previewed on Wednesday, March 7. They will perform the one-act play on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. in the Strom auditorium.
In order to earn her stripes as a full-fledged deity, Polaris (a demi-goddess) must help Protagonis (the loser kid brother of Odysseus) understand the core social problems of Ancient Greek culture, including lust, suicide, vengeance, and death by Clorox.
With the help of an acidic Chorus, the fast-paced parody journeys from the divine halls of Mount Olympus, to the blood-soaked courts of Creon and Agamemnon, all the way to the Isolated Nether-Island of Infamous Evil Greek Women.
Director Tom Heath said they are competing as a Class A team and there are parameters of the one-act that have to be met.
"You have five minutes to set the stage," he said, "40 minutes to do the show and five minutes to clear the stage."
Heath said there will be nine Class A schools performing at the high school this weekend, but state wide there will be 80 schools competing.
The state championships are March 23 and 24. Class A States are at Windham High School and Class B States are at Oceanside High School in Rockland.
"I've had this play in my back pocket for years," said Heath. "This is actually the second time we've done it in this town. The first time was at Camden-Rockport High School in 1999 before this building opened, so I felt like it had been long enough."
Heath commented that some of the kids who were in it in 1999 have kids of their own in high school now.
On Friday March 9, starting a 6p.m. George Stevens Academy, Searsport and Bony Eagle – Humbletown will take the stage.
On Saturday beginning at noon, Waterville Edward Little, Vinalhaven and North Haven will take the stage.
Following a break the one-acts will resume at 6:15 p.m. with Camden Hills and Bucksport.
The Maine Drama Festival is held every year in March as a way of promoting interest in Theater and Drama for Maine High School students.
Medomak Valley High School will be hosting a Drama Festival as well, featuring Wiscasset, Gray-New Gloucester and Medonak Valley on Friday night.
Mt. View, Boothbay, Winthrop, Lincoln Academy, Belfast and Oceanside will perform on Saturday.
For information on all Maine schools go to https://www.facebook.com/medramafest/