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EHS Wins VT State Drama Festival and Receives Standing Ovation at New England Drama Festival


Essex High School heads to New England Drama Festival in Rhode Island

Essex to perform Frankenstein at 2019 festival



CONTACT: Christian Kabbas, 401.654.8692,

CRANSTON, RI (April 8, 2019) – Essex High School will represent the state of Vermont in the 2019 New England Drama Festival, hosted by the New England Drama Council (NEDC) and the Rhode Island Theatre Education Association (RITEA), from April 15-17.

Following successful showings at the regional and state festival, Essex High School was chosen by the Vermont Drama Council as one of two representatives for the state to the New England festival. Essex performs Frankenstein, the famous thriller about the creation of a monster creature.

"We are so excited to welcome Essex High School to the New England Drama Festival and Rhode Island," said Mr. Richard Sylvia, RITEA President. "The festival is an opportunity to connect high school thespians across New England in a shared sense of community and art, and we hope Essex will feel at home in the Ocean State.”


Essex High School will perform on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:10pm. All performances will take place at Cranston West Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Cranston High School West in Cranston, Rhode Island. Tickets for the festival are general admission, and are sold by block, day, and full festival. For ticket pricing, click here.


For complimentary media tickets and a full festival schedule, please contact Christian Kabbas.


About the Rhode Island Theatre Education Association

The Rhode Island Theatre Education Association’s (RITEA) goal is to help cultivate students' love and appreciation for theatre through comprehensive arts education. RITEA does this by affording student thespians the opportunities to explore their creative potential, express themselves authentically, discover an appreciation for collaboration, and develop a sense of empathy for others, and understanding of themselves.