By Paulina Leskow, ’24
Despite the snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner, and the HHS Drama Club is preparing for the annual METG Festival. The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival is a competition in which high schools present a one-act play under 40 minutes, with the crew limited to just five minutes to create and break down the set. The performances are judged professionally in daylong rounds, and only a select number of schools are chosen to move on to the next level. HHS will perform The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in the first round, competing against seven other schools at Marshfield High School on March 4.
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis is about almost every fairy tale known — Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and more — all jumbled up into one crazy, hilarious story. The cast is very excited to present the show, with a mix of performers both new to and experienced in the happy chaos of festival days. In the first round, HHS will compete against Duxbury, Marshfield, Hull, Norwell, Hingham, Weymouth, and Ursuline Academy.
“I am happy and nervous at the same time, as this will be my first time performing in front of so many different people from different schools,” said Baylor Speckmann, a junior and first-time festival cast member. Baylor will be playing Narrator 2 in the production. “There are so many specific parts and movements to memorize, but I know it will work out with the help of the castmates, crewmates, and our director.”
HHS Drama teacher Collin Fahey will direct the show, having a few festivals under his belt including the challenging hybrid-style competitions during the height of COVID.
“It is the 90th annual festival this year, and it is very exciting to be a part of such a tradition,” he said. “All of our cast and crew is such remarkable talent, and I can assure you that this will be one of the funniest shows you have ever seen!”
This is the second and final festival for Kaya Bianculli, senior co-president of the Drama Club who will be portraying Narrator 1. “I like seeing different drama departments from other schools perform as well as meeting new people,” she said.
Family and friends can attend a dress rehearsal of the show in the HHS auditorium on March 2. The action-packed, hilarious play will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
“I am thrilled to be able to get a view of the show as a crew member, which is completely different to performing as an actor,” said sophomore Marie Fortier, assistant Stage Manager. “Seeing the sets and props come together is a very fun and memorable moment.”