By Beth Goodwin, Central High School
CORINTH, Maine — It’s almost showtime and members of the Central High School Drama Club have been busy the last two months rehearsing to get ready for their performance in the Maine Principals’ Association Drama Festival on March 7-8.
This year they travel to Stearns High School in Millinocket, one of the nine host sites for the festival. These students work very hard to get the best performance they can for the festival. This is the highlight of their year, and while many of them are busy with other activities, they are committed to their play “A Tale of a Nail.”
There are two divisions in Drama: Class A (enrollment greater than 525) and Class B (enrollment less than 525) and Central has been competing in the Class B division for 11 years, winning regionals three times to go on to the state level competition and has come in runner-up three times at regionals.
Many other Class B schools have theaters and are able to use them for all their rehearsals. Central does not have a theater, light or sound system and practice in their cafeteria most of the time and are not able to use a light or sound system until they get to festival, so the fact that they have done so well is a testament to the hard work the cast and crew put into their show. Their director, Beth Goodwin, focuses on the performance aspect, costumes and makeup more than the technical side of a performance, although lights are a vital part of each show.
If Central wins or places at regionals this year, it will be a record for the seniors because their freshman year they went on to States and came in sixth place overall and sophomore and junior years they came in runner up at the regional festival, making them the class with the best festival record in the history of the Central High School Drama Department.
The seniors are excited about this performance, not only because they love performing, but the competitive side of them would like to set the record at Central as they conclude their senior year performances.
There will be a performance for the general public of “A Tale of a Nail” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Central High School. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.