May 26, 2018
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Brewer Youth Theatre revives ‘Odd Couple’

By Joni Averill

Get set to hold your sides, laughing, and clap your hands aplenty when you attend the fourth production this year by members of Brewer Youth Theatre.

Director Rich Kimball says the group will present Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” at 7 each night Thursday through Saturday at Brewer Middle School, 5 Somerset St.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors for this well-known, well-loved comedy featuring eight cast members.

Jamie Bartol co-stars as Felix, with Anthony Severance as Oscar.

“Members of the weekly poker game are Kyle Holyoke, Alex Davenport, Alek Sayers and Brian Vallance,” Kimball said, “and the neighbors, the Pigeon sisters, are Erika Cote as Gwendolyn and Kate Weigel as Cecily.”

“This show has been so much fun,” Kimball said.

“We don’t do many with such a small cast, and it’s been a real treat.

“It’s a measure of both the strength of the script and the talent of this group. We’re still laughing at all the jokes, and we’ve had a lot of fun.

“People will recognize the characters, and we’ve even added our own little twists.”


The public is invited to a free Walks and Talks program at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Mount Desert Island YMCA on Park Street in Bar Harbor.

The quest speaker is Mark Shoon, who will present “Living the Adventure,” about his worldwide sea-kayaking adventures. After the talk, attendees are free to use the facility.

For information, call MDI YMCA at 288-3511.

And, Jill Reeves reports, the public is invited to watch the MDI YMCA gymnastics team at its first home meet, for Levels 4-plus, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the MDI YMCA.

Anyone willing to volunteer with set-up, help with concessions or cleanup for this meet may call sports director Suzie James at 288-3155, ext. 106.


Ilze Petersons of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor reports its annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration will be 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono.

The snow date is Monday, Jan. 19, at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 170 Park St., Bangor.”

This is a free event, Petersons said, but tickets will be on sale for the NAACP breakfast to be held Jan. 19 at the University of Maine campus in Orono.

The Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration will include a conversation about King and President-elect Barack Obama from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. and an “I Have a Dream Cafe” from 6 to 8 p.m., Petersons wrote.

“You are invited to bring a dish to share, a song, a poem or your thoughts.”

“Any attendee may take the stage, for up to 10 minutes, to share an experience and vision for the future on the theme of nonviolence and social justice.”

Petersons said the center is collaborating with local AmeriCorps members and others “to honor Dr. King’s birthday by making it a day ON, not a day off.”

The AmeriCorps members were awarded a small grant by the Maine Commission for Community Service to provide local youth and civil rights teams with resources to spread the word about King’s teachings and his belief in building peaceful bridges through service, Petersons said.

Those teams “will be invited to present their dreams for a more peaceful and just society at the Cafe.”

For more information, call Petersons at 942-9343.


Michael Arell says a Mardi Gras benefit dinner is being jointly sponsored by Spectacular Event Center and the University of Maine Rotaract Club, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, and more information is available by calling Ashley Currier, 416-2243, or e-mail

Proceeds will help members of the Maine Rotaract Club travel to New Orleans during spring break “and help with ongoing relief efforts” there, Arell wrote.

According to the University of Maine Web site, Rotaract “is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30,” which are “either community or university based,” and are “sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true ‘partners in service’ and key members of the family of Rotary.”

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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