The Fall Mountain Regional High School drama club recently participated in the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild Drama Festival in Plymouth, NH, competing for the fourth consecutive year and performing a staged version of the cult film classic Night Of The Living Dead.
In the regional competition, the FM drama troupe was one of four schools picked to participate in the State Drama Festival held in Gilford, NH, of which only two of 12 schools are chosen to participate in the New England Drama Festival in Falmouth, ME.
The Fall Mountain production also received additional awards for set design and All-State Cast with senior Anthony Van Laere.
All performances must be of one act, and can be no longer than 40 minutes, while all members of the play must be present for all performances as well as listening to the adjudicators for all shows or risk being disqualified from the competition.
"Theater festivals are such a great way for Fall Mountain students to see top-quality, high school theater," FM drama teacher and production director Dakota Benedetto in a recent interview.
"They also get the chance to meet other performers from around the state and also get important feedback from theatrical professionals.
"They spent their day watching other performances and listening to the adjudicators critique the other plays, before going on as the last production of the event.
The show went on beautifully, including some laughter, as well as some shrieks, from the audience.
"The cast ended their play with the lights going out, then for a brief instant the lights come back on with all Zombies lined up on the stage, and pouncing on their next victims in the front row of the audience. Then the lights go out one final time."
"Teching" is also a part of the competition, in which each drama team must show the judges that they can set up and take down their set within a five minute time frame.