Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

February 28, 2013

Dreamy show chosen by AHS

Andover High hosts drama competition, presents 'Priscilla Dreams the Answer'

We dream, often about something that is bothering us or stressing us out.

Poor Priscilla dreams a lot, only to wake up and feel so lost because she has no answers for her dreams. She spends her days (and nights) searching for answers. Aliens call her collect at 3 a.m. and they want answers, too.

“Priscilla Dreams the Answer” has been described as a disjointed, yet charming and bewildering story. Somehow, Priscilla and her dreams make emotional sense, many reviewers have said.

On Saturday, March 2, at the Collins Center you can see if you think Priscilla’s dreams make sense -- or decide this alien-aided plot with Zip and Zop is just too much. Andover High School’s Drama Guild is hosting a regional preliminary event in the Massachusetts High School Festival, sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild. Under the direction of Drama Director Susan Choquette, AHS is presenting Walt McGough’s comedy, “Priscilla Dreams the Answer.”

“I read an article about a year ago profiling a local playwright named Walt McGough. His plays looked really interesting to me so I looked him up online and I found this play. It’s a gem and I thought it would make a great festival piece,” Choquette said.

Also competing at Saturday’s event are drama guilds from Melrose, Winthrop, Bradford Christian, Central Catholic, Stoneham, Tyngborough and Tewksbury high schools. They are all hoping to move on to the semi-finals. Eight high schools perform at AHS on Saturday, including Andover. Choquette said there are 14 sites around the state, including AHS, each hosting eight one-act plays by high schoolers.

The Massachusetts High School Festival is considered a premier event for high school drama departments. The competition is organized on three levels – preliminary, semi-final and state.

Student excellence in acting and technical design is recognized at each level. Two high schools chosen at the State Festival represent Massachusetts in the New England Drama Festival, the regional showcase of secondary school theater.

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