SEARSPORT — Drama students from Searsport District High School, Mount View High School, and Belfast Area High School will be presenting one-act plays at Searsport High School on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm; and at Mount View High School on Friday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., and the Crosby Center on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Searsport District High School presents One and All, a one-act comedy by Alan Haehnel, and Belfast Area High School will present Everything But, their entry to the annual Maine Drama Festival’s One-Act competition.
In One and All, Christian Bean (played by William Bradley), is a typical guy on a typical date with Janene (Erin Hayes), except that we can see his “private audience” – the characters in his head that tell him what to do and how to be.
Written before Inside Out, hilarity ensues when Ma (Emma Spiegel), Girlie (Ashley Harriman), and Hormy (Chris Hayes) attempt to take control of the situation.
Other characters who show up in the course of the evening include Dad (Nick Kahriman), Door (Harley Prucha), The Red Character (Abby Brown), Soldier (Joey Viggiano), and an assortment of ensemble players played by Diamond Dunfee-Platt, Josh Bragdon, and Isobel Jones.
Belfast’s production, Everything But, by Alan Haehnel, is a play within a play. The cast starts the play by taking a company bow. When no one applauds, they comically explain how they decided to have all the pleasant parts of a play — such as the T-shirts, the applause, the costume choices — and none of the unpleasant parts — like the nerve-wracking auditions, the disappointments of the cast list, and the memorization.
The cast includes Haley Black, Blaine Boland, Willa Bywater, Liliana Christian, Sarah Cournoyer, Alice Dyer, Paige Ford, Maiara Kebordao, Hannah Marsden, Emily Martell, Michaela Newton, Phoebe Norman, Deavyn O’Donovan, Ada Potter, Paige Rollerson, Joe Schenk, Bryan Spaulding, Savannah Springer, Mercedez Whitmore, and Hayle Withee. Ian Howard and Michael Lawson co-direct, and Amber Callahan is the tech director.
Mountview is performing The Pitch by Bryan Starchman, in which a young, hungry writer in Hollywood finally has his chance to pitch his original ideas for movies, television shows, and commercials to a major producer. The writer’s ideas come to life on stage as he tries to sell one -- just one -- of his many wacky ideas.
This annual “One-Acts Tour” is an opportunity for these Waldo county schools to share their One-Act Plays with each others' communities prior to their performances at the state-wide Maine Drama Festival in March.
Admission is $5 at all locations. The Crosby Center is located at 96 Church St. in Belfast. For more information, call Belfast Area High School at 338-1790.
Opening night is, Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Searsport District Middle/High School.
Tickets are $5 at the door.
Additional shows are Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at Mt. View High School; and Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m., at the Crosby Center, in Belfast.
Searsport will be competing in Camden, Friday March 6, at Strom Auditorium, in the 6 p.m. evening session of three plays.