St. John Valley

Valley students to perform comedy play ‘Doom Service’

FORT KENT, Maine — The public is invited to attend a theatrical production of the comedy “Doom Service” on the evenings of Dec. 3-5 in Fort Kent. 

Students from Fort Kent Community High and Madawaska High schools will enact the five-section play, which director Doug Clapp wrote and compiled. 

Clapp wrote two sections of the play, and derived the other three from the Neil Simon play “Plaza Suite” and from the comedy film “Four Rooms,” co-directed by Quentin Tarantino. 

“The whole purpose of doing this is it keeps the kids active in a play despite the educational situation being hampered by the virus,” Clapp said. “The students are all happy about it and seem to be really enjoying working with a play again. Last spring’s play got canceled and we’re just happy to be doing theater.”

In keeping with Gov. Janet Mills’ mandate regarding COVID-19, the play will be limited to 50 people per performance, including actors and stage crew. Clapp said that will allow for about 35 audience members each night.

Seating will be arranged to comply with social distancing requirements and audience members should plan to wear masks. 

“We’re doing everything by the rules,” Clapp said.  

The actors will be wearing special safety masks, which they have also worn throughout rehearsals. The plastic masks are clear to allow the audience to see the actors’ facial expressions during the performances.

The students will perform “Doom Service” on Thursday, Dec. 3, Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Fort Kent Community High School cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each performance.

The running time for the play is approximately two hours. 

The cost to attend the play is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the student actors or by calling Fort Kent Community High School at 207-834-5540. 

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