SIDNEY — Maine Arts Academy Student Theater Company will present two original plays, “Berry Juice” and “Beekeeper.” The plays, written by academy seniors Evelyn Mercier and Camille Gefvert, both deal with themes of isolation that many have been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from the academy.

The productions will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11.

The plays deal with mature themes and are recommended for ages 12 and older. Because of COVID-19, performers and audiences will be masked during the performance.

“Berry Juice” follows the story of two friends living in a cabin in Appalachia. “My biggest inspiration was the isolation we’re experiencing right now” said playwright Mercier, according to the release. The message of the play is “Never underestimate the power of friendship.”

“Beekeeper” follows the story of a family living in a futuristic world. “You can love something so much but that love cannot stop life from taking those things from you,” said playwright Gerfvert, on the play’s message, “Live in the moment and treat the things you have with respect and appreciation,” according to the release.

The MEAA Student Theater Company focuses on collaboration between student actors, directors, playwrights, and technical team to achieve a common goal.

According to student theater director Carina Higgins, a senior, “What really drives this school is passion. Here we can really dive into our artistic fields with teachers who have worked in the professional world,” according to the release.

The theater program is run under the direction of Jeri Pitcher and focuses on the creation of original theater through a collaborative workshopping process.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Reservations are required, as audiences are limited to 30 people. To make a reservation, visit eventbrite.com/e/139496789653.

All proceeds from the plays will benefit the theater company and future productions.

Maine Arts Academy serves more than 80 towns this year. The academy offers a rigorous academic and arts curriculum and bussing to all students.

For more information, visit maineartsacademy.org or call 207-618-8908, ext. 901.

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