Short plays by teens will be staged in Standish

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STANDISH — On Saturday, June 4, the Maine Educational Theatre Association will host the second annual Maine Young Playwrights Festival at Bonny Eagle High School.

The festival embraces student-written work at all levels, from staged-readings of plays that are so new the ink is barely dry on the scripts to fully-staged productions with sets and costumes.

Performances by high-school actors and technicians from their schools will be at 7 p.m. at Bonny Eagle at 700 Saco Road. 

The 10 featured plays were written by students from Bonny Eagle, Freeport High School in Freeport, George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Searsport District High School in Searsport, Thornton Academy in Saco, Waynflete School in Portland and Waterville High School in Waterville.

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“Plays are meant to be seen and heard, not just read from a page, but producing a play is a large and time-consuming effort,” said Rick Osann, META chapter director and theatre teacher at Bonny Eagle. “It’s tough for any high school to create opportunities to perform student writing. The Maine Young Playwright Festival was created to offer just this opportunity …”

The day of workshops and performances will be followed by an awards ceremony. Admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis.

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