Keeping things quiet and raising one’s voice both figure in the first two shows of the annual fall theater season at Midcoast high schools. Offerings in coming weeks run from youngster-focused Disney shows to parental-guidance-suggested fare, all putting the local drama kids front and center, both on and backstage.

First to raise the curtain is Medomak Valley High School’s “show that dare not speak its name,” a fairytale classic going by “C” that opens Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium of Medomak Valley High School, Manktown Road in Waldoboro.

As more and more current or recent Broadway shows are being licensed for school and community use, some troupes run into the situation Medomak Valley Players director Nancy Durgin found herself in earlier this year. Despite having secured her school’s chosen show last spring — and despite the performances' being in November in Waldoboro — a touring company production got booked for three mid-October days in Worcester, Mass., and, therefore, the local student troupe was banned from using its show’s name. But the fairytale musical involves glass slippers, a fairy godmother and a pumpkin coach so, well, audience members know what they’ll see on stage.

What they won’t see in the auditorium for the first time in decades is its namesake; beloved longtime principal and supporter of the arts Ronald Dolloff died in January, a couple of months after being honored during last year’s musical production. “C” will be presented Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 3 through 5 and 10 through 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Dolloff Auditorium. For more details, see the article linked below.

On Friday, Nov. 4, Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport will open its fall musical, a first for the Midcoast — “Sister Act,” a Tony-nominated stage adaptation of the hit 1992 movie. While the show is filled with comedy and uplifting music, the storyline has a dark side that has the production’s directors rating it PG-13 for violence and suggestive language.

Musicals often have something threatening a happy ending to overcome, and in this case, the threat is that of domestic abuse, as Deloris Van Cartier (Rebekah Schade) goes into witness protection after seeing her boyfriend Curtis (Nick Watts) commit murder. Parents may find that the storyline is a springboard for important conversations, said choral director Kimberly Murphy.

Of course, “Sister Act” is best known for its spirited secular-meets-sacred humor and music, which the Camden Hills production is making the most of. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of the school, off Route 90. For more details, see the article linked below.

Looking ahead, there will be two productions opening the second weekend of November, both stage adaptations of beloved Disney film musicals. Friday night, Nov. 11, Belfast Area High School will open a two-weekend run of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”; and Oceanside High School in Rockland will open “Disney’s Mulan JR,” also for a two-weekend run.

Searsport District High School’s troupe is offering “Spamalot,” a splendidly silly musical “lovingly ripped off from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’” three nights only — Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17 through 19. Moving inland, and also inspired by a decades-ago movie, Mount View High School in Thorndike will present “Xanadu” Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20; and Tuesday night, Nov. 22.

And then it’s off to the Fox Islands for some non-musical fare. North Haven Community School will present Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 and 30. Vinalhaven School’s new drama teacher is Midcoast native Chloe Keller, who has been living and working overseas for most of the past decade. Her students will present a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.