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‘Ives’ Five Lives’ showcases students’ comedy acting chops

FORT KENT, Maine — Audience members laughed almost constantly through a Friday evening production of the one-act play “Ives’ Five Lives” by students at Fort Kent Community High School.

SAD 27 educator Doug Clapp directed the five-section comedy adventure, which draws from the works of playwright David Ives.

Fort Kent Community High School Students perform the one-act play, “Ives’ Five Lives.” From left, are, Dio Lorenzoni, Ben Davis, Connor Pelletier, and Jana Nadeau. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

The students would normally perform the play live at the Regional Drama Festival One-Act Play competition, which the Maine Principals Association and Maine Drama Council sponsor. 

Due to COVID-19, the competition will not take place this year. 

Instead theater students at Maine high schools submitted videos of their productions, which were not judged, but viewed by one another. Chaz Pelletier, technical director for the play, recorded “Ives’ Five Lives” for submission. 

Fort Kent Community High School student actors Olorin Braun-Epp, Hannah Chasse and Oliver Caron perform in the one act play “Ives’ Five Lives.” (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

In one section of the play, sophomore Connor Pelletier convincingly portrayed an appliance repair man who was embroiled in a love triangle with his girlfriend (Tia Saucier), who always seemed to have a spot of grape jelly on her sweater, and his washing machine, played by Sadie Pelletier. 

“I was so excited to be back on stage,” Pelletier said. “It’s been such a long time and the cast members are like family to me.”

Clapp said that with COVID-19 restrictions loosening in Maine, he hopes to squeeze in a musical this spring, and is reviewing potential productions. “The Addams Family” is one he may consider. 

The cast of “Ives’ Five Lives” were: Oliver Caron, Dio Lorenzoni, Tia Saucier, Connor Pelletier, Jana Nadeau, Hannah Chasse, Olorin Braun-Epp, Ben Davis, Abi Pettengill, and Sadie Pelletier.

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