As has become tradition, the high schools of Waldo County will preview their respective Maine Drama Festival one-act play entries in their respective communities before heading to this year’s Maine Drama Festival Regionals, set for Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at eight sites around the state.

Most of the Midcoast schools will compete at the regional hosted by Camden Hills Regional High School; odd school out this year is Waldoboro’s Medomak Valley High School, which will be traveling to Freeport. This is the first time in many moons the Waldo County schools will compete together.

The Tri-School Show’s opening performance Thursday, March 1 in the Clifford Performing Arts Center of Mount View High School, Route 220, Thorndike has been postponed to Monday, March 5. Friday, March 2 the show will be presented at Searsport District High School, 24 Mortland Road; and Saturday, March 3 at Belfast Area High School, 98 Waldo Ave. All performances start at 6:30 p.m.

“We have a comedy murder and mayhem theme going … unplanned!,” said Searsport’s drama director Christi Goosman.

SDHS will present “Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction” by George Bernard Shaw; Belfast is doing “No Body to Murder” by Edith Weiss; and Mount View offers “Overkill,” written and co-directed by seniors Colby Hinson and Mert Danna.

Statewide, more than 2,000 students from 70 high schools are set to take part in the 81st annual Maine Drama Festival. Schools compete in two size-determined classes: Belfast competes in the larger Class A, while the other two Waldo County schools compete in Class B. At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals. These will take place March 23 and 24, Class A finals at Falmouth High School and Class B at Yarmouth High School. The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival, held in April in Guilford, N.H.

For more information about the festival, visit mainedramacouncil.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.