New England Drama Festival 2013 - Festival of the Stars will take place at the historic Stadium Theatre for the Performing Arts hosted by Beacon Charter School for the Arts and the Rhode Island Theatre Education Association on April 17, 18, & 19, 2013.
This is the 85th annual festival which started in RI in 1928. Hosted originally in Pawtucket and having been primarily Rhode Island (with only two representatives from Massachusetts), the festival has expanded to all six New England States under the guidance of the New England Drama Council.
The festival is about celebrating theatre education in New England. Schools will showcase their work to each other throughout the three days, but will also participate in educational workshops from theatre professionals. The students and directors will also participate in forums to learn what they did well and how to improve their art.
Between 500 and 700 attendees will be in Woonsocket for the event, hosted primarily at Beacon Charter and the Stadium. The Father Marot CYO Center will host workshops and the closing banquet and ceremonies will take place at Mount Saint Charles Academy on Friday afternoon.
Area vendors and colleges will be present as well as a very special lunch and dinner for Thursday - six of Providence's food trucks will be on hand to serve our stars at the festival! The event is sure to be a stelar experience for all in attendance.
The city of Woonsocket, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts and the Stadium Theatre would be happy during showcase segments to have the public in attendance (see attached schedule for details). Tickets are $5 student, $10 adult per showcase session or $20 student, $40 adult for the entire festival (six showcase sessions).