A Human Look at an Epic Event: Upon A Sea of Dreams: A Journey on the Titanic

Written by Lindsay Price

Are you ready for an intimate, human take on a massive, epic event? Upon a Sea of Dreams: A Journey on the Titanic by Kathleen Donnelly is an amazing character-based drama with a unique look at this infamous event.

It is the night of April 14, 1912. In a tiny third class cabin Emma struggles to quiet her infant brother and calm her younger sisters. The young girls think life on the Titanic is a game. They’re on their way to a new life in America after all.

But the playful air changes when the ship suddenly stops moving and sirens blast. The stewardess says they’re to stay in their cabins. The American boy says his deck is flooded and the ship is sinking. They have to get out now. Do the girls stay put or leave? And if they leave, how do they get past the locked gate?

The students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, MA took their vision of this extraordinary play on an award-winning journey at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild High School Theatre Festival. Under the direction of Emily Smith, this talented group won individual acting awards for three cast members*, along with the Stage Manager’s Award.

Performing cast:
Emma: Olivia Spoth*
Milly: Katie Wiitala*
Sarah: Shea Kenny
Matt: Brian McCall
Stewardess: Rachel Cieslik*

Congratulations, Nashoba Valley Technical High School!

*Photo credit: Paige Crane Photography

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About the author

Lindsay Price