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High schoolers make the rounds with one-act plays

posted Feb 27, 2020, 10:15 AM by Betty Lu Davis

Feb 21, 2020
Searsport District High School will present “One and All.”

Waldo County’s three high schools — Belfast Area High School, Searsport District High School and Mount View High School — will perform their entries to the annual Maine Drama Festival’s One-Act competition at three local venues this week.

Opening night is at Searsport District High School, 24 Mortland Road, on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mount View High School, 577 Mt. View Road, Thorndike, on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and then Crosby Center, 96 Church St., Belfast, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. All three plays will be presented at each location.

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.

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.

Searsport District High School will present “One and All,” a comedy by Alan Haehnel. Christian Bean (played by William Bradley), is a typical guy on a typical date with Janene (Erin Hayes), except that viewers can see his inner voices — 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.

Mount View High School 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.

Admission is $5 at all locations. For more information, call 338-1790.