Braintree Youth Stars in Boston College High School Drama Production

Dan Bagley on left
Dan Bagley on left

Dan Bagley of Braintree and a sophomore at Boston College High School gave an outstanding performance in the role of Karl in BC High's one act play 'Clybourne Park'. BC High entered a 40 minute cutting of Bruce Norris' play into the preliminary round of the 2014 Massachusett Drama Festival, a competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, that began with 3,000 students from 112 schools competing across the state on March 1 at 14 different sites.

The Massachusetts High School Festival is the METG’s premier event. The competition is organized on three levels – preliminary, semi-final and state. Student excellence in acting and technical design is recognized at each level, including the selection of an All-Star Company at the finals. Two schools chosen at the State Festival represent Massachusetts in the New England Drama Festival, the regional showcase of secondary school theatre.

Dan with the cast and crew of nine travelled to Brookline High to compete in the Preliminary round of the Festival. Clybourne Park is a prequel to the well know play 'A Raisin In The Sun'. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

BC High had 4 of the 7 members of the cast named All-stars, and along with Pope John and Brookline High were the three of the eight competing schools at Brookline selected to advance to the semis. At the semi-finals on March 15, 46 of the original 112 schools competed at 7 different sites, BC High performing at Weston High School. Two members of the BC High cast made the All-star company, but the play was not selected to go on to the finals. Ed Churchill, the director of the play and a 2009 BC High graduate, was thrilled at how well Dan and the cast had advanced through the competition. All are looking forward to next year.

Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more http://www.bchigh.edu


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