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Stairway to drama



Kennebunk High School junior Evie Roop, as lead character Sylvia Barrett in the play “Up the Down Staircase,” addresses one of her “students,” played by sophomore Sage MacKenzie, during rehearsal Monday, on an in-progress set, as others in the 22-member cast look on, including, in the front row, from left, Brian Foisy, Kelaya Palliere, and Zach Macisso. The play, directed by KHS theater teacher Shirley Sergent, will be staged in the Alexander Economos Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $8 at the door. Sergent said she picked the play, based on the 1964 book by Bel Kaufman, in part to show students just how different public education was in the era of their grandparents, and to demonstrate through Roop’s character, a idealistic inner-city teacher frustrated by her first year on the job, how “a teacher can make a difference in a student’s life.” See Community News on page 14. (Duke Harrington photo) Kennebunk High School junior Evie Roop, as lead character Sylvia Barrett in the play “Up the Down Staircase,” addresses one of her “students,” played by sophomore Sage MacKenzie, during rehearsal Monday, on an in-progress set, as others in the 22-member cast look on, including, in the front row, from left, Brian Foisy, Kelaya Palliere, and Zach Macisso. The play, directed by KHS theater teacher Shirley Sergent, will be staged in the Alexander Economos Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $8 at the door. Sergent said she picked the play, based on the 1964 book by Bel Kaufman, in part to show students just how different public education was in the era of their grandparents, and to demonstrate through Roop’s character, a idealistic inner-city teacher frustrated by her first year on the job, how “a teacher can make a difference in a student’s life.” See Community News on page 14. (Duke Harrington photo)

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