The Milton High School Theatre Company earned top placement at the regional level of the Vermont One Act Festival in St. Johnsbury last weekend and will compete at the state festival in Springfield on April 6 and 7.

The 13-person cast performed “The Laramie Project,” a show that walks audience members through the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard.

MHS art teacher Amanda DeCarlo made her directorial debut with this show, along with student director Faith Carroll. As per the festival rules, the show runs under one hour, including set up and take down.

Earlier this month, DeCarlo told the Independent the cast wore T-shirts with the phrase “Erase Hate” to the festival in St. Johnsbury. The expression is the slogan of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Essex High School also moved on from the regional level after its performance of “Three Kinds of Wildness” by Donna Oblongata, an abstract, social commentary play with a do-it-yourself feel.

Two schools will be chosen to represent the state at the New England One Act Festival after the performances in Springfield. Both Milton and Essex advanced to that top tier last year.

Read more about MHSTC’s selection of “The Laramie Project” in our March 15 article here.