By Aysha Salam and Catie Rutley
These beloved snow days are slowly but surely morphing into the final spring stretch of the year, but the winter drama season at Sharon High School is not over quite yet. The Massachusetts High School Drama Festival is fast approaching, and the hard-working thespians of SHS are gearing up to take the stage. The festival is an annual competition; the preliminary round, hosted at Sharon High School, never fails to disappoint with its fantastic collection of one-act plays, each performed by a school from Massachusetts. This year the Sharon High School Theatre Company has chosen to adapt Homer’s The Odyssey. This tale follows Odysseus, a mighty war hero fresh from victory in the Trojan War, and his treacherous voyage across the unfriendly seas. Odysseus must battle his way past a fierce Cyclops, resist the seductive song of the wicked sirens, fight off a six-headed monster, and risk everything to reach his home and reunite with his wife, Penelope. The show features massive puppets, modern dance, a cappella singing, and a stunning post-apocalyptic set. The hard-working cast and crewmembers, a combination of seasoned veterans and fresh-faced newcomers, as well as directors Sandra Dennis and Kayla Armstrong, have worked tirelessly to hone the show to perfection, in the hopes of advancing on to the competition’s later rounds.
The Preliminary round of the festival will take place this Saturday, March 2nd at Sharon High School. Beginning at 9:00 AM, students from all different towns and theatre groups will come together to make for a thrilling, talent-filled day. Each show is approximately 40 minutes long, and the $10 tickets, once bought, are valid for the entire day of plays. The Sharon High School Theatre Company will perform at 3PM (and are also offering a free performance on Thursday, February 28th in the Sharon High School auditorium); be sure to stop by and support their efforts.
Visit https://theatrecompanywebsite.com/shs/Home for more details.