March 1, 2013

Controversial Maine mural gets a second act

Looking past the gubernatorial controversy, Deering High School's new play explores the history of the people in the painting.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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From left to right: Lindsey Chapman, Liz Yeaton, Kerry Sullivan, Rachel Doering and Brittany Burke portray victims in the Triangle Shirtwaste Factory fire during rehearsal for their one act play "Tribute" at Deering High School on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The play is based on the controversial Maine labor mural.

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Deering High School students act out a scene depicting women working at the South Portland Shipyard during rehearsal of their one act play "Tribute". From left to right: Lillian Ham, Brittany Burke, Nancy Umba, Tori Grey and sitting is Natalie Veilleux on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

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Student-actors said they appreciated the opportunity to participate in a project so rich in local and regional history.

"I learned a lot from it, and am happy to be a part of it," said Brittany Burke, a junior. "I was surprised to learn that people as young as 5 or 6 years old were forced to work in Maine."

Said senior Nick Goater, "I had heard about the mural being taken down in Augusta, but I really didn't know anything about it or the stories that were told in the mural. But I know about it now. It's like a living history lesson."

Junior Tori Grey plays Rosie the Riveter in the show, and serves as the play's assistant director. Like other students, she said Maine's labor history was an unknown subject until she read Harris' script.

"I had no idea about any of this," Grey said. "It's been a great learning experience for all of us. It's such a teaching moment."

As far as she knows, Harris said, LePage has not been invited to see the play -- but she would welcome his attendance. The governor's office did not return calls to say whether LePage would attend.

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Kathleen Harris, the drama teacher at Deering High School, on the set of "Tribute" a one act play about the Maine labor mural Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

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The drama department at Deering High School rehearsing a scene in "Tribute" on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The play is based on the Maine labor mural.

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Rachel Doering and Natalie Veilleux portray factory workers during rehearsal at Deering High School for the oce-act play "Tribute" on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

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