CHS Theatre heads to regional drama festival

CHS Theatre heads to regional drama festival

CUMBERLAND - After placing in the top two at the Rhode Island Drama Festival with "Apartment 259," Cumberland High School Theatre is heading to the New England Drama Festival for the first time in 15 years.

While exciting for all involved, the win is "surreal" for the play's writer and director, Cumberland resident John Lincoln, who was a junior at CHS the last time the school qualified for the regional competition in 1999.

And though no prizes will be awarded at the regional festival, which is more of a showcase, the Clippers will almost have a hometown advantage as the event will be held this year at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Sq. in Woonsocket, and hosted by Beacon Charter High School for the Arts.

The New England Drama Festival takes place the week of April vacation, from Wednesday, April 17, to Friday, April 19. The Cumberland performance has not been scheduled, but that information should be available at www.nedrama.org . South Kingstown High School was the other Rhode Island team to qualify.

In the meantime, CHS Theatre will be rehearsing.

They have planned a show for the public on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium, 2600 Mendon Road. Tickets will cost $5 at the door.

"Apartment 259" has just four characters - a man who just got out of prison, a girl who drives him home, a landlord and a cleaning lady - who are all trying to figure out who they are, Lincoln said. A total of 22 students are involved with the show.

Students put on "a really quality production" with no mistakes at the state competition, said Lincoln, who is currently working on a master's degree for theater education at Emerson College in Boston.

Faculty Advisor Robert DiMartino agreed, adding he saw a comment written from an audience member: "Did somebody smuggle in a college-level show?"

Two of the four cast members - seniors Hannah Dubois and Alex Haupt - also earned All-State Actor honors. The other two cast members are seniors Meaghan Corse and Alexander Diehl.

They said while the win is nice, they were excited just to perform together.

"We got to prove ourselves," Diehl said.


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