The successful playwright starts a theater program for children in Aroostook

CARIBOU, Maine — A Caribou native and accomplished playwright is determined to give local children the musical theater experiences she never had growing up in the small town of Aroostook County.

In a county that stretches over 6,672 square miles, only three high schools — Houlton, Presque Isle, and Fort Kent — offer theater clubs. Similar programs have become a rarity in elementary and junior high schools as shrinking budgets mean that academic, athletic and operational spending is prioritized over the arts.

Such is the case in the Caribou School District, which disbanded its high school drama club in 2013 and has never offered a year-round drama program for preschoolers through 8 students.

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