McAuley students score honors at Maine Drama Festival

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YARMOUTH — Catherine McAuley students who performed a 1934 drama at the 2012 Maine Drama Festival won honors for their acting and for an original score.

Junior Natalie Brown, sophomore Julia Cornell and senior Lulama Hawkes were named to the all-festival cast for their work in “The Children’s Hour,” by Lillian Hellman. Judges also awarded a commendation for music by Ramona Hoerschelmann accompanying the one-act play.

“The Children’s Hour,” performed by the school’s Limelighters drama club, grapples with issues of sexuality and bullying as a student at a school accuses her teachers of being lesbians.

The students competed in the Class B state finals of the drama festival, for schools with fewer than 550 students. Students from Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta took first place for their production of the Greek tragedy “Antigone.” Yarmouth High School hosted the Class B state finals.

Lincoln Academy students will compete in the New England Drama Festival, hosted April 26-28 at Gilford High School in Gilford, N.H.

More than 30 McAuley students were involved in the production of “The Children’s Hour.” The school finished first in a regional competition at Marshwood High School in South Berwick earlier this month.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.