Framingham High School’s Drama Festival Journey Ends in Sharon
FRAMINGHAM – Yesterday, was the first time the Framingham High Drama Festival entry did not advance out of the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, since at least 2010, if not since they began competing in the METG festival in 2003.
The Framingham High drama Company performed the play Machinal by Sophie Treadwell on Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m.
Theyw ere the first of eight high schools to perform at Sharon High School.
“Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. It’s America’s Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity––or is it? For one young woman in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and an unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. A groundbreaking work in the landscape of American theatre, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived,” noted the Framingham High School Drama Company.
In the drama festival entry, students have 40 minutes to set up the stage, act the performance, and then remove the stage.
Framingham High met the time required at 38:06 minutes.
But when the judges made their final decision, they did not advance to the next round.
In 2022, with Flora & Ulysses, there was no finals but Framingham High advanced to the regional competition.
Framingham High advanced to the semifinals with Argonautika, but there were no semifinal or final round.
Framingham High was a state finalist in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Framingham High was last crowned champion in 2016, with Sideways Stories.
In 2015, Framingham made it out of the preliminary round but did not advance to the semifinal round with Vieux Carre.
Framingham High was a state finalist in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Framingham did win a few individual awards yesterday.
Cameron Norris and Olivia Palmer received excellence in acting awards.
Chrsitina Mula, Cora Allen, and Sophie Macklin received excellence in costume design awards.