Sturgis, Bourne student actors advance in MA high school theater festival

Students to compete in semi-finals on March 15
On left, Bourne students perform (BHS photo), on right, Sturgis East students perform (Sturgis photo).

Students from Bourne High School and Sturgis Charter Public School are headed to the semi-finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild High School Festival. Locally, students from Bourne High School, Sturgis East and Nauset Regional High School competed with students from five other schools at Bourne High on March 1.

The Bourne students performed "And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson" written by Jim Leonard and directed by BHS theater teacher Mary Murphy. The Sturgis students performed "These Shining Lives" written by Melanie Marnich and directed by Sturgis East theater teacher Rachel Ollagnon.

Several Sturgis East students were also recognized for individual achievement during the preliminary round. Lily Paradise of Sandwich, Sophia Braddel of Harwich, Angela Young of Plymouth and Czarina Shartle of Fairhaven received acting awards. Audrey Peterson of Mashpee received an award for costume design.

Bourne students Hannah Fullerton and Jackson MacDonald also took home individual acting awards. Serena McMahon, Kate McKenna, Ian Morgan and MacGregor Nickerson won an ensemble acting award. Patrick McMichen won an award for lighting design and Dominque Rapoza, Meganne Allison and Kayln Berestecky won individual awards for set design.

In all, 115 Massachusetts schools performed one-act plays in the preliminary round at schools across the commonwealth. Students are recognized at the preliminary, semi-final and final levels for both acting and technical design.  The winners of the semi-final round on March 15 will advance to the final round on March 27 and the two schools chosen as the finalists will represent Massachusetts in the New England Festival to be held in April  in Vermont.

The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild works to promote education in theatrical arts at the middle school and high school level. Read more about the guild on their website here.


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