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Fort Kent drama club takes second place in regional competition

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Community High School students took second place in a regional drama festival over the weekend for their performance of the one-act play “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang

The students also performed the play at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium on March 4 and 5.

The performers took second place out of five schools competing in the Class B division at the Maine Regional Drama Festival in Caribou on Friday, March 8. The FKCHS group, however, won an ensemble award for working so cohesively together, and actor Storm Eirman was honored with his third All-Cast Festival Award. The crew also won a Set Construction Award.

Fort Kent Community High School students Hannah Chasse (left) and Caleb Anderson perform in “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium on Tuesday, March 5.
(Jessica Potila)

“Second place is a huge leap forward for the FKCHS Drama Club,” Eirman said Monday. “After a 5 year drought of wins or trophies, we are all very proud of our second place victory. We might just have celebrated and been more ecstatic about second place than the first place school did about first place.”

Fort Kent Community High School educator and director Doug Clapp had high hopes for the play going into the regional competition following the two local public performances put on in preparation.

“The people that did come loved it and we got a spectrum from high school students all the way to the older people that were there and all responded positively to it,” Clapp said of the performances at UMFK..

Caribou High School, which does not have a drama club, hosted the regional drama festival for the first time in six years on March 8 and 9 at the Caribou Performing Arts Center.

Fort Kent Community High School students Alexis “Bug” Wilson (left) and Storm Eirman perform in “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium on Tuesday, March 5.
(Jessica Potila)

Fort Kent competed against four other schools in the Class B category — Easton High School, Houlton High School, Stearns High School and Lee Academy. The students from Stearns of Milllinocket won for their performance of “The Distracted Scholar’s Guide to Literature and Drama”

Clapp commended Stearns on it’s victory.

“You can’t take a thing away from Stearns. They had strong acting,” Clapp said.

The Maine Principals Association and Maine Drama Council sponsor the drama festival, and winners of the regional competition go on to compete at the Maine State Drama Festival on March 22 and 23.

“For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls,” is a parody of the Tennessee Williams classic, “The Glass Menagerie.”

Members of the cast were: Hannah Chasse, Storm Eirman, Caleb Anderson and Alexis “Bug” Wilson.

Members of the crew were: Jana Nadeau, Emma Saucier, Makay Desjardins, Desiree Dumais, Alexis Tardie, Logan Bouley, Caitlyn Green, Breanna Winchester, Breanna Beaulieu and Vanessa Wilson.

The Fort Kent Drama Club next is expected to present a dinner theater performance in May. Plans have not yet been finalized, but Clapp said he is leaning toward a comedy.

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