St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will host a Vermont Regional Drama Festival in Fuller Hall on Saturday, March 17. Six area high schools will perform one-act plays throughout the day, with performance slots at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Two schools from the festival will be selected to attend the Vermont State Festival on April 6 and 7.
Academy Theatre will present Mischief in the Woods, a cutting of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream that focuses on the woodland scenes in the original play. Three separate sub-plots weave together to tell a story of strife and reconciliation among the woodland spirits, mistakenly applied love potions for two pairs of lovers, and a troupe of rustics attempting to prepare a play for the court. The mischievous sprite Puck serves as the common thread tying the stories together, usually with hilariously disastrous results. The Academy's production will be part of the 7:15 p.m. performance slot.
Other schools participating will be Craftsbury Academy (I Don't Want to Talk About It) and Chelsea High School (Hello, Shakespeare) performing in the 10:30 a.m. slot, Williamstown High School (The Door) and Essex High School (Three Kinds of Wildness) in the 3:00 p.m. slot, and Milton High School (The Laramie Project) joining the Academy in the 7:15 p.m. slot. The quality of the plays at this regional festival will be high: Essex and Milton were last year's Vermont representatives to the New England Drama Festival, with St. Johnsbury being a regular participant in the state drama festival.
In addition to the public performances, students and teachers will spend the day participating in technical rehearsals, workshops, and critique session. The festival is run by the Vermont Drama Council under the auspices of the Vermont Principals' Association and is one of four regional festivals held in advance of the Vermont State Drama Festival, which will be held on April 6 and 7 at Springfield High School. Two schools from each of the four festivals advance to the state festival; at the state festival, two schools will be selected to represent Vermont in the New England Drama Festival, which will be held this year in Guilford, New Hampshire, on April 26, 27, and 28.
All tickets will be general admission at the door before each performance slot for this Vermont Principals' Association event. For further information, contact Bill Vinton at 751-2147.