In the upcoming weeks, nearly 3,000 Maine high school students from 81 high schools will compete in the 85th annual Maine Drama Festival. The event is sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association and the Maine Drama Council.

Schools from Class A and B will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays on March 4 and 5 at nine regional sites. Winners from each regional will be selected by a panel of judges to advance to the State Finals set for March 18-19. The Class A Finals will be at Camden Hills Regional High School and Class B at Stearns High School. One school from each State Final will be selected to advance to the New England Drama Festival April 21-23 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Maine Drama Festival sites

MDI

Class B: Mt Desert, Washington Academy, Sumner, George Stevens, Shead, Bucksport, Searsport, Deer Isle-Stonington and Ellsworth.

OCEANSIDE

Class A: Oceanside, Medomak Valley, Camden Hills and Belfast.

Class B: Boothbay, North Haven, Lincoln Academy, Vinalhaven and Wiscasset.

WESTBROOK

Class A: Westbrook, Edward Little, Gray-NG and Lewiston.

Class B: Cheverus, Yarmouth, Casco Bay, Lisbon and Maine Coast Waldorf.

SKOWHEGAN

Class A: Skowhegan, Erskine, Mount Blue and Waterville.

Class B: Winthrop, Carrabec, Spruce Mountain, Madison and MCI.

STEARNS

Class B: Stearns/Schenck, Central, Lee Academy, Foxcroft Academy, Piscataquis, Easton, Fort Kent, Wisdom and Old Town.

WINDHAM

Class A: Windham, Fryeburg, Oxford Hills, Morse and Leavitt.

Class B: Freeport, Oak Hill, Monmouth and Poland.

LAWRENCE

Class A: Lawrence, Brewer, Presque Isle, Bangor and Hampden.

Class B: Hermon, Orono, Mount View and Winslow.

THORNTON

Class A: Thornton, Falmouth, Gorham, South Portland, Scarborough, Portland, Deering and Cape Elizabeth.

MARSHWOOD

Class A: Marshwood, Massabesic, Noble and Bonny Eagle.

Class B: GP Christian, Baxter Academy, Old Orchard, Catherine McAuley and Traip.

State Finals

Class A – Camden Hills

Class B – Stearns/Schenck

For more information, visit www.mainedramacouncil.com.