Center Theatre to present ‘Almost, Maine’

Posted Feb. 17, 2009, at 6:15 p.m.

Folks in the Piscataquis County area (or anyone who wants to head that way) are most certain to enjoy the production of the Slightly Off-Center Players when they present “Almost, Maine” by Maine native John Cariani, on two successive weekends.

“Almost, Maine” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, and Friday, Feb. 20, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Dover-Foxcroft.

The play next runs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Center Theatre.

Admission is $10, and Center Theatre members receive a 50 percent discount on opening night, Thursday, Feb. 19.

Tickets are available at the theater or by calling 564-8943.

Center Theatre executive director Patrick Myers wrote that the play made its “world premier” in 2004 with the Portland Stage Company and “went on to become the most successful play in the company’s 32-year history.

“It then opened, off-Broadway, in the winter of 2005-2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre.”

Set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, the cast includes Myers, Eric Boothroyd, Rachelle Dow, Michelle Fisk, Brianna Geary, Bobby Keniston, Raelene Keniston, Bob Keniston, Jayne Lello, Jessica Mallar, Molly Mallett, Teresa Myers, Middy Ringle, Petr Smejkal and Nick Willette, and is directed by Rhonda Kirkpatrick.

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Ryan Larsen of Ski Rack Sports reports it will hold a Trek Across Maine recruitment night at 6 tonight at Ski Rack Sports, 24 Longview Drive in Bangor.

“We will have Trek representatives as well as past Trek participants here to help answer questions that any trekkers, or potential trekkers, may have,” Larsen wrote.

“It is also an informational meeting to help the Trek with [its] efforts.”

Refreshments for those “coming straight from work” will be available, Larsen wrote, and everyone is invited to attend.

Trek Across Maine is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association of New England consisting of a 180-mile bicycle ride from Sunday River in Newry to Belfast.

More information about Trek Across Maine is available at www.lungne.org.

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Lose and Win, a coalition working to improve the health of Hancock County residents, congratulates the “First Class Losers” of the Bucksport post office, who received the “Victory Stock” for averaging the most pounds lost during Week 6 of the 10-week program, reports Iris Simon.

In second place was the Kids Peace team, “Fit for Life,” and staff of Hancock County Jail, the “Jail Birds,” finished in third place.

Betty Schatz will lead the group in Goals, a variation of bingo, for the Thursday, Feb. 19, gatherings at the Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth locations, and a presentation about stress and your health will be featured at the Island Community Center for participants in the Deer Isle-Stonington area.

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Joe Marshall, secretary of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Hancock County, e-mailed that “this is the 33rd year that the Society has been performing full productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas,” and that this year’s operetta is “perhaps, the most-performed and most-loved.”

“The Pirates of Penzance,” with Marshall as Major Stanley, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Bucksport Middle School, Marshall wrote.

Tickets are available at BookStacks, 71 Main St. in Bucksport, by calling BookStacks at 469-8992 or at www.bookstacksmaine.com.

“’Pirates’ then moves to The Grand,” Marshall wrote of its performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, and at 2 p.m. March 1 at The Grand, 165 Main St. in Ellsworth.

Tickets are available at The Grand box office, by calling 667-9500 or at www.grandonline.org.

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Jen McGoldrick, a volunteer with the March of Dimes, has reported its annual “March for Babies is coming up in May,” and that the March of Dimes Bangor office has announced that Carol Colson will serve as chairwoman for March for Babies at the Bangor-Brewer walk site.

That March for Babies is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Brewer Auditorium, and you can register today “to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies,” McGoldrick wrote.

To register as an individual, as a corporate, family or friends team, or to make a donation to the fundraiser, call 800-525-9255 or visit marchforbabies.org.

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

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