UPDATED: Framingham High Advances To Regional Round of METG Drama Festival

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Posted on March 19. Updated on March 20

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School advances to the semifinal round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s (METG) drama festival.

Framingham High was one of seven theatre departments to perform on Saturday, March 19 in the preliminary round.

There were 14 preliminary rounds throughout the state yesterday, including one at Framingham High, and one round scheduled for today.

Only three drama companies advance from each round.

Framingham High’s performance of Flora & Ulysses was one of the top three at their site – Framingham High.

The other two at the Framingham preliminary site to advance were Saugus High and Westford Academy.

The regionals will be April 2 & 3.

Framingham High’s Flora & Ulysses, is a comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book about 10-year-old Flora Belle Buckman and a squirrel named Ulysses.

Flora is an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated.

This is the first comedy entry from the Framingham High drama comedy since Sideways Stories from Wayside School in 2016. That year, the Framingham High School Drama Comedy won the festival, for only the second time in the high school’s history.

But this year there will be no winner, under changes to the Massachusetts Education Theatre Guild (METG) format.

“For 2022 we will be making changes to the typical Festival format due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. We will be hosting the Preliminary Round the weekend of March 19th and 20th. The schools that advance from the Preliminary Round will compete at the 2022 High School Festival Regionals on the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd. From that round, fourteen Regional Winner will be chosen. There will be no State Finals in 2022,” states METG on its website.

Framingham High also won several awards:

  • Lemon Tobar-Fawley for Excellence in Acting in the Role of Flora
  • Kiyan Weiss for Excellence in Acting in the Role of Ulysses
  • Max Lee for Excellence in Acting in the Role of William Spiver
  • Ailadis Hernandez for Excellence in Acting in the Role of Rita-Christina Mula
  • Sarah Spalti, and Tessa Varley for Excellence in Props Design
  • Madison Chan for The David Dooley Award

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