Spirit of Festival Video Contest Results

video contestResults for this year’s video contest are below. We’ve had the most entries ever and it was difficult to make a decision. However, the awards this year go to…

Winner:  Video 4  https://youtu.be/60ann9yj6NU

Ben Whatcott – Acton Boxborough Reg HS

Honorable mention:
Salena Deane – Brockton HS   Video 1 https://youtu.be/yvqFCvkljVY

Jennifer Preshong – Peabody Veterans Memorial HS    Video 6  https://youtu.be/wEsOVBJL9PU

Sherwood Collins Playwriting Contest Winners

Thanks to all who participated. We had an amazing group of entries.

CLICK HERE for the list of winners!

 

State DramaFest Finalists Announced. Tickets On Sale!

The Finalists for the 2015 State Drama Festival have been chosen.  For ticket information and a look at which schools will perform, CLICK HERE

DramaFest Semi Finals!

The second round of the METG High School Drama Festival will take place on Saturday, March 14 at 7 sites across the state.  Check out the different sites, plays, schedules and the winners starting in the evening.  CLICK HERE

Directions to Westford Academy for State Finalists

Directions to Westford Academy for State Finalists

1:00PM Director’s Meeting- Sunday Mar. 15

Hosted by Westford Academy

Contact: Dennis Canty (dcanty@metg.org/978-320-0272)

GPS Address:

Westford Academy

30 Patten Road

Westford, MA 01886

**Westford Academy is primarily accessible via I-495 North/South**

From I-495 SOUTH:

Take the Boston Rd exit# 32, towards Rt. 225 – Westford. Keep right at ramp.

Merge onto Boston Road

At stop sign, turn left onto Main Street. Proceed on Main – it will turn into Forge Village Road.

Turn left on Patten, or continue and turn Left on Cold Spring Road. At the stop sign, (Patten Rd) enter the Westford Academy parking lot. Westford Academy is on the left.

From I-495 NORTH:

Take the Boston Rd exit # 32, Westford. At stop sign, turn left onto Boston Road.

At the next stop sign, turn left onto Main Street. Proceed on Main – it will turn into Forge Village Road.

Turn left on Patten, or continue and turn Left on Cold Spring Road. At the stop sign, (Patten Rd) enter the Westford Academy parking lot. Westford Academy is on the left.

Upon entering, please use the main entrance for the theater (covered entrance). Signs will direct you to the location of the meeting.

Massachusetts Theater Celebration

The Massachusetts Theatre Celebration sponsored by the METG takes place this Saturday at Weston H.S. in Weston.  Students from member schools will share their own work, participate in educational workshops, and receive awards for excellence. It’s our hope that in sharing their work, that they will create friendships that will connect our schools and provide them with a platform for future collaborations.

To see this year’s schedule of events, Click Here

Directions to Danvers High School

Directions to Danvers High School – Meeting on March 1, 2015 for Directors going to Semifinals

Danvers High School Auditorium
60 Cabot Road
Danvers, MA 01923

Directions

From I-95 North: From 95 North, take Exit 49 to the Route 62 East, Danvers exit. Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Route 62 east. Stay on Route 62 east for 1.8 miles. Turn left at the light onto Locust Street (Route 35). Take your second right onto Chestnut Street (0.1 miles) and your second left onto Cabot Road (0.1) miles. Stay on Cabot Road for 0.7 miles. Danvers High School will be on your left. Do not take the first entrance into the school parking lot. Stay on Cabot Road until you come to the end of the school building. Take that left. There are parking lots to the right and left. The auditorium entrance faces Cabot Road. There is a large “Auditorium” sign over the door.

From I-95 South: From 95 South, take exit 50 (Route 1 South/Newbury St.) toward MA- 62/Danvers/Topsfield. After approximately 1 mile, exit Route 1 onto MA-62 E toward Danvers. Merge onto Old Maple Street, then on to MA-62 E on the right. Stay on Route 62 east for 2 miles. Turn left at the light onto Locust Street (Route 35). Take your second right onto Chestnut Street (0.1 miles) and your second left onto Cabot Road (0.1) miles. Stay on Cabot Road for 0.7 miles. Danvers High School will be on your left. Do not take the first entrance into the school parking lot. Stay on Cabot Road until you come to the end of the school building. Take that left. There are parking lots to the right and left. The auditorium entrance faces Cabot Road. There is a large “Auditorium” sign over the door.

From Route 128 North: Take Exit 22 (Route 62, Beverly/Middleton). Turn left onto Elliott St./MA-62 W. Almost immediately, turn right onto State Road. Stay left at the top of the hill. At the stop sign, go straight across onto Burley Street. Stay on Burley Street for 1 mile and turn left onto Cabot Road. The auditorium parking lot is immediately on your right. The auditorium entrance is the first door facing Cabot Road. There is a large “Auditorium” sign over the door.

From Route 128 South: Take Exit 21 (Conant Street/Industrial Park). Turn left onto Conant Street. Go 1⁄2 mile and turn right onto Burley Street (3rd right). Stay on Burley Street for 1 mile and turn left onto Cabot Road. The auditorium parking lot is immediately on your right. The auditorium entrance is the first door facing Cabot Road. There is a large “Auditorium” sign over the door.

From Route 495: Take Route 114 East. Follow Route 114 to the center of Middleton. Turn left at Exxon gas station onto Route 62 E. Follow Route 62 past Route 1 and I-95. Continue to follow Route 62 for 2 more miles. Turn left at the light onto Locust Street (Route 35). Take your second right onto Chestnut Street (0.1 miles) and your second left onto Cabot Road (0.1) miles. Stay on Cabot Road for 0.7 miles. Danvers High School will be on your left. Do not take the first entrance into the school parking lot. Stay on Cabot Road until you come to the end of the school building. Take that left. There are parking lots to the right and left. The auditorium entrance faces Cabot Road. There is a large “Auditorium” sign over the door.

MET Awards Productions

There are already 65 high school and middle school productions entered in this year’s MET Awards program sponsored by Broadway in Boston. Here’s a list of productions going up between now and May 1st.

School House Rock Live – The Sage School (Foxboro) at the Orpheum Theater
Feb 28 @ 4 PM
Contact: dbazinet@sageschool.org

Hairspray
FA Day MS (Newton)
Mar 5, 6, & 7 @ 7 PM
Contact: jessica_mcgettrick@newton.k12.ma.us

Leader of the Pack
Triton Regional HS
Mar 5, 6, & 7 @ 7 PM
Mar 8 @ 2 PM
Contact: sriordan@trsd.net

The Music Man
Shore Country Day School
Mar 5 @ 3:15 PM
Mar 6 @ 7 PM
Mar 7 @ 6 PM
Contact: scarlin@shoreschool.org

Pippin
Westborough HS
Mar 6 & 7 @ 7:30 PM
Mar 7 & 8 @ 2 PM
Contact: anne.slotnick@gmail.com

Singing in the Rain
Beverly HS
Mar 12, 13, & 14 @ 7 PM
Mar 15 @ 2 PM
Contact: mbigus@beverlyschools.org

The Addams Family
Hudson HS
Mar 12, 13 & 14 @ 7 PM
Mar 15 @ 2 PM
Contact: kmckenzie@hudson.k12.ma.us

Shrek, the Musical
Mar 12, 13 & 14 @ 7:30 PM
Contact: Katrina_Faulstich@bedford.k12.ma.us

Grease
Lincoln MS
Mar 18 @ 3 PM
Mar 19 & 20 @ 7 PM
Contact: khall@lincnet.org

The Little Mermaid
Wellesley MS
Mar 19 @ 4:30 PM
Mar 20  & 21 @ 7 PM
Mar 21 @ 2 PM
Contact: fineleah@hotmail.com

The Sound of Music
Rockport MS
Mar 26, 27 & 28 @ 7 PM
Mar 29 @ 2 PM
Contact: keithmccarthy2000@gmail.com

Mary Poppins
Leominster All Schools
at Leominster HS
Mar 20, 21, 27 & 28 @ 7 PM
Mar 21 & 28 @ 2 PM
Contact: robert.landry@leominster.mec.edu

Anything Goes
Belmont HS
Mar 26, 27 & 28 @ 7 PM
Mar 28 @ 1:30 PM
Contact: eflam@belmont.k12.ma.us

Wanda’s World
Swampscott MS
Mar 27 & 28 @ 7 PM
Mar 28 @ 2 PM
Contact: kanend84@msn.com

Godspell
Arlington Catholic HS at the Regent Theater
Mar 27 & 29 @ 7 PM
Contact: jbillings@achs.net

Honk!
Billerica HS
Apr 9, 10 & 11 @ 7:30 PM
Apr 12 @ 2 PM
Contact: syoniack@billerica.k12.ma.us

Beauty & the Beast
Melrose HS
Apr 10 & 11 @ 7 PM
Apr 11 & 12 @ 2 PM
Contact: ddifruscia@melroseschools.com

Legally Blonde
Gloucester HS
April 10 & 11 @ 7 PM
April 11 & 12 @ 2 PM
Contact: ghs-drama@gloucester.k12.ma.us

Willy Wonka Jr.
Archie Cole MS
at East Greenwich HS (Rhode Island)
Apr 10 @ 7 PM
Apr 11 @ 4 PM

Chicago
Dartmouth HS
Apr 30, May 1 & 2 @ 7 PM
Apr 2 @ 2 PM
Contact: shirleyguerreiro@dartmouthschools.org

The Addams Family
Weston HS
Apr 30, May 1 & 2 @ 7:30 pm
Contact: MiniganJ@weston.org

The Pirates of Penzance
PVPA Charter Public School
at the Academy of Music in Northamption
Apr 30, May 1 & 2 @ 7 PM
May 3 @ 2 PM

Godspell
Boston College HS
Apr 30 @ 4 PM
May 2, 7 & 8@ 7 PM
May 3 & 9 @ 2 PM
Contact: johare@bchigh.edu

Promoting Your Festival Show

We are less than a week away from Prelims, folks!  Hopefully you have already been talking up your show and creating a buzz in your town and school district.  If not, it’s time to get cracking!  Here are some tips from seasoned METG directors on how to best promote your show.  You can also download the full info sheet at the bottom of this post.

Wondering how to publicize your festival show? 

For Festival Day…

  • Create a press release to send to local newspapers.  Use the blurb about METG that we have attached to describe the program. (You can find this in the downloadable pdf below.)
  • Plan a benefit performance of your festival piece on Friday night before festival.  You can sell tickets to raise money and give the audience a chance to participate in a talkback with the company.  It will build excitement and support for the students and the production!
  • Reach out to middle school students in your district and ask them to help on festival day.  They can help by working the house or selling snacks with your parent volunteers.

 

First and foremost, make your voice heard.  Make everyone in your school and district aware of your program and your festival piece, and facilitate as much participation as possible.  Advocate for the importance of theater in students’ learning experiences, whether they are participants or audience members.  Insist on respect for what you and your students work do hard to do!

Download the entire info sheet here:  METG – PR tip sheet

2015 DramaFest is HERE!

Are you ready for some great plays?  Are you ready to meet a lot of new people?  Are you ready for lots of fun and excitement?  Well join us on Saturday February 28th at one of our 14 preliminary sites near you.  To see the schedule, CLICK HEREtee shirt 2015 metglogo