The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s 2014 Drama Festival came to a close Sunday. After winning the preliminary competition and the semifinal round of competition, earlier this year, the Bourne High School Drama Club did not advance at the state finals. Two students however were honored for their performances in the play “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson.”
Senior Hannah Fullerton won an All Star acting award for her portrayal of the main character role of Elizabeth Ann Willow, a young girl crippled by polio and confined to a wheelchair. The one act play is the story of Elizabeth Ann and her struggle to connect with her peers and the Jackson, Indiana, townspeople who are afraid of the disease and of her condition.
Junior Gracie Kennedy also won an All Star acting award for her portrayal of two roles, the character Nancy and the character of an unnamed young girl.
Bourne Schools Drama Program director Mary L. Murphy said, “It was very exciting and humbling to have made it to the state finals two years in a row. The festival starts with approximately 114 schools. 14 of the best high schools in the state make it to the state finals. My philosophy is that you are a ‘winner,’ and in fact, have already won just by being able to be there, and having the privilege to participate in the three-day festival. I am very proud of the Bourne students. They had a lot of success with a very challenging piece of theater and were rewarded at all levels with many acting and technical awards. They were a team from start to finish and I am very proud to be the director from Bourne.”
The winners of the Massachusetts festival and the plays they performed were Joseph Case High School, “The Anatomy of Gray”; Westford Academy, “My Name is Asher Lev”; and St. John’s Preparatory School, “bobrauschenbergamerica.”
Two of the three state finalists will move on to represent Massachusetts in a regional competition of high school theater groups, in the New England Drama Festival on April 15 to 17 at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont.