Directors' Page - The Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival

To all our directors and visiting schools: MDI Drama is pleased to host the 2018 Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival on March 9-10. There are again some rule changes, so please be sure to review the 2018 MDF Rulebook.

Festival materials are linked below in the Directors' Packet. NOTE: You will not receive a mailing from us as all pertinent documents are linked at the bottom of this page.  

• Program and Festival Information: Please complete all of the online forms in the Directors' Packet as soon as possible and by Friday, February 10.  I will have a formatted copy of your program page for you to proofread by Tech Day at the latest for corrections and updates. 

• The Master Schedule and Performance Schedule for the Festival weekend are here. Doors will open half an hour before each block of plays, and no performance will start before the top of the hour. These will be updated as information becomes available or changes.

• Tech Day, Saturday, March 3.  All schools are expected to have a representative present.

8:00 am     Doors open. NOTE: Please arrive before 9 am if you plan to install special equipment or specials  

11:00 am   General meeting, facility tour and basic demonstration of equipment

All directors are required to complete the Special Installations form. Items that are not in place by the time of the meeting must at least be clearly indicated to the Festival Tech Director prior to the session. All directors must have the opportunity to see what will be available for use on Festival weekend.  It is strongly suggested that you bring your light and sound operators to familiarize them with the operation of our equipment.  Please do not bring all of your students.

Please bring a copy of your performance license/cutting permissions to the meeting.

• Food service during the Festival: Fresh food cooked on site will be offered during the festival weekend, and there will be several selections for each meal. Details and order forms have been sent to you via email. There is no a la carte service.

Directors' Responsibilities: A reminder that the MPA wishes to stress that it is the responsibility of visiting directors to monitor student behavior during the entirety of the competition weekend. To that end, please be sure that you have enough chaperones to be able to do so. In addition, school will be in session on Friday, March 10 during load-in and tech checks. Visiting students must remain in the gym until the guest classrooms are opened at approx. 3 p.m.

Also, it is a festival requirement that all students attend all of the performances except for the one that conflict directly with your own. 

Finally, please remember that it is each visiting director's responsibility “to inform his or her students that they must secure their own money and personal possessions. The MPA, host director, and host school are not responsible for lost money or possessions.” (From the 2015-2016 Guidelines/Rulebook - Maine Drama Competition).  

Please feel free to contact me by phone at 288-5011, ext. 3135 or by e-mail to, the last being by far the easiest and most reliable way to reach me.

I look forward to seeing you on Tech Day.

Chris Dougherty

Host, 2018 Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival


rs' Packet

Forms to Complete
- Please complete by Sunday, February 11th
  • Meal Plan Order Form - Directors have been sent an email from Beth Blugerman about meal plan choices. If you have not received it, please contact her at

Higgins-Demas Theater Specifications

Maine Drama Festival Information
MDIHS Information
  UPDATED: JCR 1/6/2016
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