Thursday, April 3, 2008

So - who won the drama contest?

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that even minor press stories in this town play out in a very strange way? Take the tiny tempest kicked up by the Herald's Tai Irwin, who pointed out that the Globe hadn't covered the Massachusetts Drama Guild Finals, even though it was one of the sponsors of the event. Geoff Edgers, of the Globe's Exhibitionist blog, apologized for the gap, but only posted one image - of the event's "alternate" winners (he did link to the event site). Now he's posted again about the event - publishing a long letter from the organization's chair, explaining that the group understood it wouldn't be covered by the paper, since the publicity "would appear as self-promotion for the Globe" (uh - isn't that the idea behind all such sponsorships?).

So the Festival officials couldn't be happier about the fact that they didn't get any publicity (after all, they "highly value the longstanding relationship with the Boston Globe"). And Geoff has had his say. Everyone's ass is covered, but in the meantime, nobody's actually published the winners of the contest! So I thought I would.

And without further ado, the winners are:

Westford Academy
Dancing at Lughnasa

Nauset High School
The Laramie Project

Alternate Winner:

Weston High School
Painting Provenance

The full list of awards is here.

Congratulations, guys, and keep up the good work!

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