Every year the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild holds a high school drama festival competition. Most schools participate, sometimes advancing through first and second rounds to the state finals, held every year in Boston at John Hancock Hall. This year the state finals were held March 30 to April 1, 2017, including shows from 14 schools out of the original 112. This year was unusual because several schools had contributions from various Theatre Company of Saugus members.
Saugus High School brought their production of The Giver, directed by Steve Black, and featuring William Fafard Jr. in a leading role. Also in the cast were Abbie Petipas and Toni Turilli. Autumn Dion was the costumer, and earned an award; she also designed the hair and makeup. Antonio Masiello was the stage manager, and the set and lighting designer.
Stoneham High School brought their production of Kindertransport. It was directed by Sean Perry, who has been in three TCS shows over the past year. Matthew Sherman was the dialect consultant. Eddie and Robert Pizzano were on staff or in the show.
Winthrop High School presented Antigone. Nicholas Raponi and Stephen Vieira provided technical support. Winthrop was one of the three state festival winners.
St. John’s Preparatory School brought The Quest of Queen Thomas. This show was written by Brit Christopher, who appeared in our Miscast Cabaret in December. St. John’s was also a state festival winner.
The third state festival winner was Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Mass. and their production of Scenes from the White Snake. Some of the winners went on to the New England festival in April.