Theater Guild to compete in Festival tomorrow
By Georgia Panagiotidis, Veritas Managing Editor
The Rockland High School Theater Guild will be setting up stage for the High School Festival Preliminaries at Joseph Case High School in Swansea on March 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
Last year the RHS Theater Guild entered the competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild for the first time since the 90’s with the play “Lets Get Angsty” which was written and directed by former RHS student Joe Palana.
With the experience of last year the RHS Theater Guild hopes to push past the perliminaries phase and go onto the Semi-Final Round which would take place on March 15th. Mrs. Armstrong, RHS Theater Guild advisor explained the value of last year’s experience. “We learned a bunch and are better off this year,” she said.
There will be 112 schools competing in fourteen different locations throughout the state. In Swansea Rockland will be competing against Acton-Boxborough, Hingham, Joseph Case and four other schools. Mrs. Armstrong said, “Joseph Case was amazing last year. We are looking forward to seeing their performance.”
Mrs. Armstrong explained that this year RHS will be performing four scenes from Almost Maine, one of last year’s Theater Guild productions. She said, “I am hoping to do well, but the point is to learn and have fun.” She also explained that she hopes the students will take away a sense of camaraderie, the skills of teamwork, and self pride” because the scenes are completely student driven.
The scenes will include: “Sad and Glad,” directed by Pearse McNally with Chris Catania, Ella Engle and Leah DeCecco; “This Hurts,” directed by Chris Catania with Sean Vo and Jace Williams; “They Fell” directed by PJ Butler with Pearse McNally and Markus Rohwetter and “Story of Hope,” directed by Nicole Cook with PJ Butler and Lauren Illes.
Tickets will be available at the door of Joseph Case High School in Swansea for $10. Break a leg!
For more information you can go to the Mass Festival website at http://metg.org/festival/h-s-festival/high-school-festival-preliminaries-2014/