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TMHS Hosts Theater Festival

Feb 18, 2015 08:00AM ● Published by Kieran Gilman

The Tewksbury High Theater Company will present a silent version of Treasure Island on Feb. 6

Tewksbury, MA - On Saturday, February 28, the Tewksbury Memorial High School Theater
Company will be hosting the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild statewide drama festival preliminary round. Seven schools from across the state will gather at TMHS to perform in the hopes of advancing to the next of three rounds of competition. Each school is given 40 minutes to perform while adjudicators will look at the acting, directing, and technical elements to chose three shows to advance. Every school competing at TMHS that has previously participated has advanced beyond preliminaries within the last three years. Every school, that is, except TMHS.

At 4:30 p.m. the Tewksbury Memorial High School Theatre Company will be performing their
original adaptation of “Treasure Island,” supported by the Tewksbury Cultural Council, in their
bid to move on. In the five years TMHS has participated in the METG festival, they’ve never
advanced past the preliminary round, but this year they’ve been working very hard to try to
change that. “ For us to bring a show to festival, we dedicate hours upon hours to making the
show the best it can be,” says assistant director Andrew Nunes. “Some elements, like the script and score, have been in the works since last June.”

The METG festival is designed to educate students in theatre and to recognize acting and
technical design excellence. “Each school dreams of moving to semi finals or the even the state final round, and while the sole purpose of the festival is to learn and to be exposed to the works of other students, it is a competitive experience that each student participating in will never forget,” says cast member Sara Axson. This year, there are 14 schools hosting the preliminary round with over a 100 schools hoping to move on, and the competition at TMHS is some of the hardest in the state. Other schools performing throughout the day are North Reading High School, Winthrop High School, Academy of Notre Dame (Tyngsboro), Stoneham High School, Billerica Memorial High School, and St. Mary’s High School in order of appearance.

The public is invited to help cheer on the TMHS Theater Company, with event tickets being sold at the door. Entry is $10 and covers admission for the entire day of performances.

Contact Jess Harms, the artistic director of the TMHS Theatre Company, at
jharms@tewksbury.k12.ma.us for more information.
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