Waldo County troupes set one-act tour

By Dagney C. Ernest | Feb 21, 2014
Belfast Area High School rehearses “The Beggar’s Opera.” From left are Leander Andrews, Ian Reuel Sweetland, Emma Moesswilde, Catey McGinn and Zoe Baldwin.

As has become tradition, the drama troupes of Waldo County’s high schools will preview their Maine Drama Festival one-act plays in a three-school tour a week before the regional competition.

This year’s Waldo County tour will present performances Thursday, Feb. 27, at Belfast Area High School, 98 Waldo Ave.; Friday, Feb. 28, at Searsport District High School, 24 Mortland Road; and Saturday, March 1, at Mount View High School, Route 220 in Thorndike. The evenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door.

BAHS’ “The Beggar’s Opera”

Belfast’s one-act adaptation of “The Beggar’s Opera” features a large, understudied cast directed by Sonja Richardson. Written in 1728, John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera” spoofed the Italian opera of the day with a humorous satire on marriage, money and morals, presented by beggars, thieves and cads. The work was adapted by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill for “The Threepenny Opera.”

The cast features Malcolm Dunson-Todd, Cameron Pillitteri, Maximillian Howard, Leander Andrews, Alyson Peabody, Autumn Stupca, Hannah Lynam, Patrick Groening, Ben Trundy, Ian Reuel Sweetland, Emma Moesswilde, Emma Sturdevant, Catey McGinn, Kyah Watson-Fountaine, Miranda Stevens, Bianca Mitchell, Kayla Davis, Taylor Stevens, Kirsten Caswell, Zoe Baldwin, Tina Hill, Madison Pickering, Michelle McIntire, Mackenzie Moore and Amber Roberts.

Students playing production roles include Joshua Peabody, stage manager and set construction; Brandon Richards and Jessie Knight, lights; Maggie Goscinski, Soren Moesswilde, Grant Stupca and Phil Taylor, running crew; and Autumn Stupca, set painting. In addition to Richardson, adult production staff includes directorial assistance from Val Henderson; and costumes, hair and makeup by Sarah Joy, with assistance on the latter by cast and crew.

BAHS will compete in Class A the opening night of the Midcoast Regional, held Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at Oceanside High School in Rockland.

SDHS’ ‘Pelleas and Melisande’

Searsport director Chris Goosman and her theater students have created a one-act cutting of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Symbolist play, translated by Rob Melrose, about doomed love.

Set in a fictional kingdom in an unspecified time, the tale begins when young and mysterious Melisande appears in the forest and agrees to marry Golaud. In the darkness of the castle, she falls in love with Golaud’s younger brother, Pelleas.

The cast features Will Hosmer, Dana Wilson, Ari Jihan, Natty Gray, Shauna Noble, Meghan Grant, Alex Woodward, John Guerette, Brianna Boyle, Paige Ireland and Meagan McKeon. Musicians performing original music are Vicki Wilbur, Hannah Garcelon, Cassie Donald, Lila Chaar, Karanda Newbert, Mackenzie Philbrick and Alyssa Burkard.

The all-student production crew includes Alivia Cross, lighting design and board; Mackenzie Philbrick, original music/stage manager; and Madison Philbrick, set design/sound.

SDHS will travel to MDI for the all-Class B Eastern Regional at Mount Desert High School, performance slot to be announced.

Mount View’s ‘The Belfry’

Mount View High School often produces plays written by its students, and this year’s one-act entry is one of those. “The Belfry” was written and is directed by senior Cay Outerbridge and is loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story “The Devil in the Belfry.” Director Advisor Angela Nason describes the plot as being about a town that lives by the clock … and their cabbages.

The cast features Ethan Macomber, Dan Heard, Caleb Larrabee, Hailey Davis, Nicholas Troutman, Elizabeth Clifford, Stephanie Stilkey, Katherine Hannan, Andrew Cloutier, Kasey Roberts, Jacki Nadeau, Logan Ryan, Skye Siladi, Seth Davis, Damian Hall and Cameron Morin.

Aside from Nason, the production crew is all students. The set’s crucial Clock Tower was designed and built by Caleb Larrabee and Greg Larrabee. Alexis Strain is assisting the director. Sound man (and bell ringer) is Adam Aitken. Lights are handled by Ben West, John Piotti and Cole Turner. Costume mistress is Skye Siladi.

Mount View will complete in Class B at the Eastern Regional at MDI, performance slot to be announced. For more information on the upcoming festival, visit mainedramacouncil.com.

Nicholas Troutman, center, plays a young man for whom a book of poetry proves both blessing and curse in Mount View High School’s original “The Belfry.”
Shauna Noble and Ari Jihan play the title roles in Searsport District HIgh School's "Melisande and Pelleas."
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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