Andover was a state finalist last year in the festival. But, Choquette indicates she is not a director who assumes she’ll always repeat previous accolades.
“Oh, I never make that kind of prediction. We just put together the best production we can and let the judges decide,” she said. “We try to put the emphasis on the festival aspect and not the competition part. It’s a great lesson in believing in your own artistic merit and integrity no matter what value someone else places on it. We try to create a unified event and go from there.”
Choquette said it’s all about having a production one can be proud of, no matter what the outcome.
A cast of 16 actors - nine principals, seven ensemble members - make up this year’s entry and the actors are working hard to make themselves and the AHS drama department proud, she said.
Massachusetts High School Festival: 8 plays for $10WHA: Local round of drama competition FEATURING: 8 one-act plays by high school thespians, including Andover High WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Collins Center COST: $10 to see any or all 8 plays, tickets available at the door MORE INFO: Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, metg.org