Seven local schools participated in the 2012 Maine Drama Festival one-act play competition last month: one, Oceanside High School, won and two placed second at the regional level. One school that competed at the Midcoast Regional went on to win at the state level.

The Midcoast Regional was held March 9 and 10 at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. All but one local school took part; Waldoboro’s Medomak Valley traveled to Freeport to compete this year. When all was said and done, Oceanside, competing for the first time in the larger Class A thanks to the merger of the former SADs 5 and 50, was named Class A winner, with Camden Hills the alternate. in Class B, Lincoln Academy came in first with Searsport District High School named alternate.

The state finals were held March 23 and 24, Class A in Falmouth and Class B in Yarmouth. Winners were, in Class A, Falmouth High School with Cape Elizabeth High School the runner-up; and, in Class B, Lincoln Academy with Yarmouth High School the runner-up. State-level winners of the Maine Drama Festival are invited to participate in the New England Drama Festival, an exhibition rather than a competition; this year’s will be held April 26 through 28 in Gilford, N.H.

Regionals results

While just one of the Midcoast competitors moved on to the finals, all received Judges Commendations and/or had actors named to the All Festival Cast during the regionals. Following are the Midcoast schools’ citations, presented in alphabetical order.

Belfast Area High School, ranked fourth in Class A with a score of 211 for its “No Body to Murder,” saw Liddy Clapp, Wes Sterrs, Emma Moesswilde, Amber Tapley and Grant Richards named to the All Festival Cast.

Camden Hills, second in Class A with a score of 252 for its original adaptation of “The Odyssey,” received Judges Commendations for Ensemble (Frannie Howard-Girard, Bethany Vix, Taylor Fairfield, Max Geffken, Willow Parker and Zachary Stern); and for Hair and Makeup Manager Alice Richardson. Savannah Szumilas and Shayna Cohen were named to the All Festival Cast.

Medomak Valley, competing in Freeport with “Stand Centre Stage and Bark!”, came in third in Class A with a score of 212. The troupe won the Drama Teachers’ Ensemble commendation; and Greta Brown and Isabelle Lobley were named to the All Festival Cast.

Mount View High School of Thorndike came in fifth in Class B with a score of 197. Students Colby Hinson and Mert Danna received a Judges Commendation for their Original Script of “Overkill”; and Erin Siladi and Kaite Hannan were commended for Costume Design. Named to the All Festival Cast were Colby Hinson, Mert Danna, Silas Fox, Delainey Kein and Anna Piotti.

Hapless North Haven Community School came in fourth in Class B with a score of 197 but was disqualified for running several minutes over the allotted time; half the cast had barely recovered from a stomach flu that cut a swath across the island that week. Dalton Hornby won a Judges Commendation for Lighting Design & Operation of the school’s original adaptation of “Mostellaria”; and Adam Murphy, Craig Waterman and Adrianna Ames were named to the All Festival Cast.

Oceanside’s score of 278 gave its original adaptation of “Notre Dame de Paris” first place in Class A. Judges Commendations were awarded for Set Design and Construction (Parker Spear, Casey Hall, Nate Boggs, Zack Picard, Hilary O’Hara, Crystal Tyndall and Brighde Curtin); Lighting (Zack Picard); Airbrush Makeup (Maxine Buretta); Stage Management (Mackenzie Tucker and Elizabeth Fletcher); and Music (Cole Barbour and Aaron Clark). Named to the All Festival Cast were Brighde Curtin, Kyle Robinson and Jordan Doutreluigne.

Searsport’s production of Shaw’s “Passion, Poison & Petrifaction” earned its Class B second place with a score of 210. Judges Commendations were given for Costume Design (Heidi Ploszaj) and Cameo Appearance (Quin Fraser’s memorable turn as a bolt of lighting). Ploszaj also was named to the All Festival Cast.

OHS at the states

Oceanside’s performance at the Class A finals came in fifth of eight with a score of 257. Judges Commendations were awarded for Outstanding Vocal and Instrumental Music to the show’s singing statues and musician duo; Outstanding Lighting Design (Zack Picard); and Outstanding Set Design and Construction (Parker Spear, Casey Hall, Nate Boggs, Zack Picard, Hilary O’Hara, Crystal Tyndall and Brighde Curtin). Named to the All Festival Cast were Kyle Robinson, Jordan Doutreluigne and Domenic Cuccinello.

“While Oceanside’s production was a clear audience favorite at states, the judges’ scores indicated sharp contrasts … While we may have left the critique scratching our heads, we left the festival feeling great — If I had to spend the weekend away with 50 kids, I’m so glad to have spent it with this bunch from Oceanside,” said drama director Alison Machaiek.

Newcastle’s Lincoln Academy had a score of 274 for its state Class B-winning “Antigone,” which was presented in the final session of the Midcoast Regional. For complete results of all regionals and finals, visit mainedramacouncil.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.