TA News

One Act Play Wins State, Heads to NE Drama Festival

Thetford Academy’s one act play has been selected to advance to the New England Drama Festival after winning the Vermont state title in the State Drama Festival in Springfield on April 6 – 7.

With the school’s bell pealing, the one act cast and crew assembled atop Thetford Volunteer Fire Department’s firetruck April 11, celebrating their victory in the state competition prior to being recognized in Assembly.

The talented TA cast and crew of 12 students, led by director Ray Chapin, performed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] (revised), having advanced to the state competition after winning the Regional Drama Festival at Hartford High School on March 10.

On Thursday, April 26, they’ll head to Gilford, NH, to present the play for the 2018 New England Drama Festival—the first TA one act play to advance to the New England Festival in eight years.

TA was one of two Vermont schools honored for their one act play performance. Otter Valley Union High School, the other Vermont winner, will also attend the three-day celebration of theater. The two schools will be among the top 12 high school productions from the six New England states.

At the State Drama Festival, Malcolm Silver Van-Meter and Eli Kaliski received awards for outstanding acting, and Grace Clement, Emma Bauer, Anabel Reining, and Marian Zens were recognized for their outstanding works as dressers. Thetford Academy also received a school award for Expression of Comedy.

Student cast and crew members included:

  • Emma Bauer (Stage Manager/Dresser)
  • Grace Clement (Dresser/Crew)
  • Megan Graber (Lighting Design/Light Board Operator)
  • Fritz Junker-Boyce (Spotlight)
  • Eli Kaliski (Actor)
  • Gretta Koeppers (Crew)
  • Anabel Reining (Dresser/Crew)
  • Lulu Shi (Sound Board Operator)
  • Malcolm Silver Van-Meter (Actor)
  • Clare Swanson (Stage Manager)
  • Hallie Zens (Actor)
  • Marian Zens (Dresser/Crew)

Thetford Academy will put on a community performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] (revised) prior to the New England Festival.  This event will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.



We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.


We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.


We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.


We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.


We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.