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UMFK to host Northern Regional Drama Festival

February 22, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host the Northern Regional Drama Festival on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 in Fox Auditorium. Admission for each session is $7.00 for adults and $4 for students.            

The plays will be offered in three sessions with three plays on Friday, March 7 beginning at 7 pm; three plays on Saturday, March 8 at 1 pm and the final two plays on Saturday, March 8 at 7 pm.             

Students from Brewer, Caribou, Easton, Fort Kent, Limestone (MSSM), Old Town, Presque Isle and Van Buren will participate in a one act drama festival.  The schools, which are divided into “A” and “B” competitions, are vying for the right to present their work in state festivals that will be held later in March.            

“This is a great chance for students across Maine to see the work other students are doing and to be exposed to a variety of theatrical experiences,” said Joe Zubrick, UMFK professor of theater and the festival host. “The schools will be presenting established works, adaptations, new plays and ensemble generated material. We have a great mix this year and hope that theater lovers in the surrounding communities take advantage of this opportunity.”

The judges for the festival are Sandra Cyrus from Orono, Maine; Tom Frey from Mount Vernon, Maine; and Amanda Fickett from South Portland, Maine. The Maine Drama Council Representative is Rich Kimball from Brewer and the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) Representative is Jeanne Peacock, also from Brewer.                                   

The schedule of plays is on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Van Buren students’ performance of “Saturday Matinee”; Easton students’ performance of “Don’t Say Macbeth”; and Limestone students’ performance of “Mysteries and Smaller Pieces.”             

On Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m., Brewer students’ performance of “Tom Jones”; Old Town students’ performance of “After Magritte”; and Presque Isle students’ performance of “Coconut Soup at the Palace.”                              

On Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Caribou students’ performance of “Man Woman Flower” and Fort Kent students’ performance of “The Guest from Ambition.”                            

“Due to MPA rules, there is no admittance to performances once they have begun. Attendees should plan to be at the theater at the beginning of the appropriate session,” notes Zubrick.                   

For further information, contact Zubrick at (207) 834-7591.