Orono High School Drama Festival entry ‘Far Away’

Posted March 08, 2011, at 6:35 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The city high school’s young actors will introduce theatergoers to the work of British contemporary dramatist Caryl Churchill, when they take their production of “Far Away” to the Maine Drama Festival regional competition, March 11-12 at Mount Desert Island High School.

The brief one-act play features four characters dwelling in a world of mystery, mistrust, and fear.  Young Joan (Emily Seavey) has come to stay at the home of her Aunt Harper (Norah Bird), where she is witness to events beyond her understanding.

Fast forward some years, and the grown-up Joan (Siobhan Harrity) now works with Todd (Alex Bulteel) making hats whose whimsical charm quickly becomes sinister.  The play is directed by Christopher Luthin, with Krystal Mudgett, James O’Neill, and Elizabeth Nelson as technical crew.

The MDI event where Orono perform is one of nine regional competition sites from which plays will be selected for inclusion in the state finals, March 25-26.  The competition is based not only on acting, but also on scenery and costume design, lighting, sound and other aspects of production.  Last year, Orono High earned Class B Alternate status along with acting and costuming awards for their production of “The Countess Cathleen.”

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