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Drama festival 2019

Drama festival 2019

Drama festival 2019

Drama festival 2019

Denise Ferazzi, Teacher of English and Theatre

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The Rockport High School Drama Llamas will soon mount Leave the Lights On, a story of horror written and developed by students, as their 2019 Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Drama Festival entry.

The story centers on a child – a little girl – in her bed reading scary stories. When her father comes to check on her, he warns her that scary stories before bed can lead to nightmares, but she isn’t afraid. When her father exits and the lights are turned off, the audience sees her nightmares unfold. The phantasmagorias of her nightmares include feeling lost, trapped, being chased, and attacked, and leave her and the audience wondering if she’ll ever escape.

Students initiated the development of Leave the Lights On this fall through a combination of writing and improvisational work, which eventually lead to the scripting of this original piece. In addition to writing the piece, several students have taken on the development of design elements. Richard (Tres) Morrell designed the lights; Jessica White developed sound; Chloe Beaulieu and Zachary Fuller designed costumes and masks; Sophie Renda crafted make-up; Clara Mazo and Will Vincent composed and arranged music to accompany the show.

Leave the Lights On will debut at Rockport High School on Friday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the John Lane Performing Arts Center. Admission to the event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to support the program.

From there, the cast and crew will bring the show to St. John’s Prep on Saturday, March 2nd.  Rockport will perform at 5:30 p.m. and will be one of eight schools presenting work for consideration in the competitive festival. To qualify for advancement in the festival, shows must be set up and struck in five minutes and must be performed in forty minutes or less. In total, 112 schools will perform at 14 festival sites throughout Massachusetts.

RHS Drama’s production of Leave the Lights On is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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