2018-03-15 / News

Thornton places first at regional one-act festival



Thornton Academy took home first prize at the Maine Regional One Act Festival. Thornton competed with eight other schools March 9 and were critiqued and timed by a panel of judges from around the state. David Hanright directed the student production of “Fire in the Hole” from “The Kentucky Cycle,” the Pulitzer winning series of plays by Robert Schenkken. The play is about the unionization of coal miners in the 1920s. Hanright chose the play because he thought it was fitting with current events. “I liked a play about a strong female lead being the voice of reason and leading the people,” said Hanright. At left, senior Fiona Green, with the first place trophy after the school’s win. Green plays the lead as Mary Ann Rowan, a mother who leads the mining community into unionizing to provide safer working conditions for workers. This was Green’s first experience performing in the One Act Festival, and she enjoyed playing such a strong female lead. “I’m not really a vocal person, so it was nice to feel strong and powerful.”Above, junior Lindsay Armstrong playing Joshua Rowen, on stage with Green. (David Hanright courtesy photo) Thornton Academy took home first prize at the Maine Regional One Act Festival. Thornton competed with eight other schools March 9 and were critiqued and timed by a panel of judges from around the state. David Hanright directed the student production of “Fire in the Hole” from “The Kentucky Cycle,” the Pulitzer winning series of plays by Robert Schenkken. The play is about the unionization of coal miners in the 1920s. Hanright chose the play because he thought it was fitting with current events. “I liked a play about a strong female lead being the voice of reason and leading the people,” said Hanright. At left, senior Fiona Green, with the first place trophy after the school’s win. Green plays the lead as Mary Ann Rowan, a mother who leads the mining community into unionizing to provide safer working conditions for workers. This was Green’s first experience performing in the One Act Festival, and she enjoyed playing such a strong female lead. “I’m not really a vocal person, so it was nice to feel strong and powerful.”Above, junior Lindsay Armstrong playing Joshua Rowen, on stage with Green. (David Hanright courtesy photo)

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