Directors' Page - THE 2023 Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival
TECH DAY UPDATE (AS OF W 3/1):
We will offer a remote version of the 11:00 AM presentation for directors who are not going to able to attend Tech Day in person. In the event that Tech Day is cancelled, we will all gather on the Google Meet attached to the Google Calendar event (you have all been invited to it) at 11:00 AM. We will complete the agenda (including a lighting demo) as well as we are able on the Meet.
Also, if Tech Day is canceled, we looking at trying to add in some flexibility to the Tech Check schedule on Friday 3/10 and Saturday 3/11 so visiting schools will have a brief period for operators to work with the light and soundboards before their tech check time begins and to accomodate the installation of specials (thus far, only one school has indicated an intention to do such).
MDI Drama is pleased to host the 2023 Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival on March 10th and 11th. Please be sure to review the 2023 Drama Council Bulletin and the Official Rulebook.
Program and Tech Information: Please complete the Special Installations Form and provide your production information on the Google Doc shared in the Downeast Festival Info folder as soon as possible. The deadline is Monday, February 27th. Facility techincal information for the Higgins-Demas Theater is available in the H-D Theater Tech Folder.
Public tickets will be available for purchase at the door: $5 for students/seniors 65+ and $10 for adults.
Tech Day is Saturday, March 4th. All schools are expected to have a representative present. The agenda is posted below.
Proof of Licensing - MPA/MDC rules require a physical copy be submitted to the host director -- please print before coming to Tech Day!
From Thomas Heath of the MDC: "Any show which cannot provide proof of Performance Rights will not be allowed to perform at the Festival."
We plan to host the 11th Annual Downeast Maine Tech Olympics after the final session of plays on Saturday. We will share more information on Tech Day.
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.
All directors are required to complete the Special Installations Form (posted below) by Monday, March 14th. 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 Tech Day.
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 Maine Principals Association, Maine Drama Council, host director and host school are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Please feel free to contact me by text or voice at (207) 669-5990 (no school coverage -- leave a message) or by e-mail to email@example.com, the last being by far the quickest and most reliable way to reach me.
I look forward to seeing you on Tech Day.
Important Food Information
Sadly, we will NOT be able to offer food service at this year's regional. I will compile and share a list of local restaurants that will be open and can accommodate large(-ish) orders. There are a few pizza and sandwich places on the island, but we don't have any chain restaurants (except for one Subway in Bar Harbor), so I would definitely make plans in advance.
You will be allowed to eat either in your host room or in the cafeteria -- please be sure to clean these spaces when you are done. To that end, I have lengthened the dinner times on Friday and Saturday as much as possible to provide more opportunities for groups to eat.
Local Restaurants that can accomodate large takeout orders:
As I have mentioned before, I have never paid for meal plans when we traveled in the past. I buy simple stuff for the meal before we perform (sandwich fixings, snack bars, fruit, water, etc.) and have had parents organize crockpot meals, soups, and bread (we did this in Rockland and Freeport at past festivals, so it can be accomplished remotely). I'm a big believer in not giving the kids lots of heavy, greasy food before they perform. Also, the air in our building is notoriously dry, so I would encourage your kids to stay hydrated.
Downeast Festival Info Folder (your program page is located in this folder)
H-D Theater Tech Folder (contains multiple documents)
Maine Drama Festival Information
Mount Desert Island High School Information