MDI High School to Host Drama Festival

Gregor Samsa’s transformation horrifies his boss in MDI Drama’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” (Left to right) Eva Crikelair, Bryce MacGregor, Faye Durand (kneeling), Ly Dillon (crouching), and Rex DeMuro.

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Drama will perform a one-act adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” at the Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival, to be held in the school auditorium on March 26.

MDI High School will host the festival at the Higgins-Demas Theater for five Downeast schools including MDI, Bucksport, Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy and Calais. All of these schools will also participate in the Maine State Theater Festival which will be held in person for the first time in two years. Teams are required to wear masks at all times on stage.

“I understand that for 2022 there will be a regional winner and a runner-up, but normally the only acts that advance in the states are those that win their regions,” said Casey Rush, director of theater at MDI High School.

“The Metamorphosis” is the story of a salesman named Gregor Samsa who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a large cockroach, and the struggles that ensue. There have been various interpretations, Rush said, but the story is a commentary on capitalism because it’s about human relationships and how people take advantage of others.

“The head [character] is exploited by his family because they don’t work, so he basically turns into the thing that people treated him as,” Rush said.

Ly Dillon, who plays Gregor Samsa, will not wear a cockroach costume and will instead walk on all fours.

“We started production in December and didn’t know what to expect,” said Rush, who was given the go-ahead on March 2 to host this month’s regional festival. “We had no idea if we were going to literally put on a show just for our local audience, if there would be another movie like we did last year, or a real festival because at that time- there we had omicron happening.”

(Left to right) Eva Crikelair, Ly Dillon and Bryce MacGregor rehearse MDI Drama’s one-act performance of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” adapted by Steve Moulds.

This year, the regional festival, which is normally a two-day event with nine different schools, will be reduced to a day of performances with a morning and evening session.

“I have students with families who don’t go out to restaurants, who mask up a lot, and who always dread being in a space with a whole bunch of people,” Rush said.

The order and performance times of the five schools are yet to be determined, but more information will be posted on the MDI Drama webpage at

Admission for the local premiere on Saturday March 12 and for the “Black Rose Performance” on Wednesday March 23 is by donation.

Tickets for the regional show on Saturday, March 26 will cost $5 for students and $10 for adults.

The plan is to limit tickets to three quarters of capacity (300 in total). Since there are around 100 people connected to the festival itself, the school will have around 200 tickets to sell. All attendees, including students, must wear a mask while in the facility, but they do not have to walk away. If the Maine Principals Association changes the masking guidelines, they will be updated on the MDI Drama website.

Cast and crew


Gregor–Ly Dillon

Gregor’s Voice – Ryder Haines

Spirit – Eva Crickelair

Body – Bryce MacGregor

Spirit – Faye Durand

Mother – Logan Wilbur

Grete – Mia Eason

Father – Spencer Clark

Office Manager, Boarder 3 – Rex DeMuro

Maid – CassieLyn Willis

Maid – Isabelle Peterson

Woman in Boa – Cecelia Blackett

Company Physician – Harlan Mahoney

Boss – Hayden Braun

Teenage Apprentice – Adam Losquadro

First Seller – Megan Huff

Second Seller – Evangeline Meister

Boarder 1 – Hayden Braun

Boarder 2 – Owen Moses

Stage crew:

Kuroko Megan Huff

Adam Losquadro

Harlan Mahoney

Evangeline Meister

Technical team :

Chloe Boulon

Forrester Coleman

Zoe Reason

Aidan Fisichella

Ryder Haines

Richard Miller

Avery Preston-Schreck

Isa Raven

Logan Reece

Maria Saltysiak

Tessa Sanborn

Piper Soare

Brooke Stevens

Cayla Swanberg

grace of the grass


Director – Casey Rush

Technical Director, Lighting and Sound – Gray Burkart

Technical Director, Stage Design – Carlene Hirsch

Costume designer – Marilee Marchese

Ninah Rene

Ninah Rein, originally from MDI, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She is happy to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor’s degree in San Diego from the University of California.

Ninah Rene