EHS 4th MDI 5th
The State Class B One Act Finals were held at Stearns High School in Millinocket this past weekend and Ellsworth High School finished 4th and MDI High School finished 5th. The top 5 were 1. Lisbon 2. MCI, 3. Lee Academy, 4. Ellsworth and 5. MDI
MDI and Ellsworth were represented on the All Festival Cast. Earning honors were from MDI - Mary Paola for her role as "An Actor Playing with Ropes" and Natalie Rogers for her role as "Language Teacher, Heart". Earning honors from Ellsworth were - Hannah Box for her role as "Promethea", Whitney Pierson for her role as "Io", and Jessica Cohen for her role as "Pandora".
MDI received judges' commendations for - Excellence in Sound Design in "The Other Shore" to Max Cornman, Jacob Sanner and Ben Hagle and Excellence in Video Design in "The Other Shore" to Pierce Vincenty and Mason Gurtler.
Ellsworth received judges' commendation for - Excellence in Music Composition, Arrangement and Performance in "Bound" to Phillip Wright, Justin Brown and Elijah Wheaton.
Here were the judges' comments for MDI's performance of "The Other Shore"
Megan Cross (director at City Theater of Biddeford)-
"Beautiful, expressive and wonderful . . . your acting was outstanding. " Ensemble - "A true team effort -- the bar was set high." Overall acting - "You excelled here. A+." "Beautiful with projectors and movement establishing time and place. Harmonious presentation." To sound design team: Max Cornman, Jacob Sanner and Ben Hagle: "Music added an important stylistic element which enhanced your story." "Show commanded full commitment -- a total buy-in of the strange world allegory. You succeeded. Kudos to the stage manager (Jacob Sanner) for calling a great show.
Dawn McAndrews (producing artistic direct at Theatre at Monmouth)
"The ensemble and individual actors used their bodies expressively and fully throughout." "The ensemble was very strong and maintained a languid fluid pace and action." "Great stage pictures that were in and of themselves evocative and plot-focused." "The primary set pieces and projections were compelling and supported the production." "The soundscape was stunning."
Reed Farrar (founder of and former artistic director at Winterport Open Stage)
"This was a beautiful, mysterious piece." "I enjoyed the acting overall . . . the ensemble work was so good. "The lights, sound and set perfectly complemented the show . . . it was seamless and well done." "The young man's scenes with the Heart were captivating and beautiful to watch."