Brewer Youth Theatre heads ‘Into the Woods’

Posted May 09, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.

Composer Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods” will be presented by Brewer Youth Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, May 12-14, at Brewer Middle School, 5 Somerset St., reports Rich Kimball.

“Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, ‘Woods’ is sometimes a dark take on these classic stories,” Kimball wrote of the show that “is a real challenge for singers” but “makes for some very powerful moments,” he added.

Kimball wants parents and guardians to know “there is some simulated violence, so the play may not be suitable for small children.”

From the tales of Cinderella to Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, you will enjoy the performances of Brianna Philbrick, Kyle Holyoke, Jillian McNally, Tess McLaughlin, Lauryn Goodall, Kaileigh Tremble, Kassidy Giggey, Alek Sayers, Kate Weigel, Rachel Caron, Angela Paterson, Nick Risser, Andrew Cote and Preston Crowell.

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Rochelle Runge of Maine Commission for Community Service reports May 8-15 is AmeriCorps Week and that Wednesday, May 12, AmeriCorps members and alumni, University of Maine students “and community volunteers will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor to get Habitat’s 13th house ready for groundbreaking.”

To learn about this event, visit www.volunteermaine.org.

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Grammy Award-winning pianist-composer Paul Sullivan will host the 2010 Benefit Concert for the University of Maine Upward Bound Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Minsky Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono.

Becky Colannino, co-director of Upward Bound, reports attendees can meet Sullivan “at the reception and silent auction” before the concert at 6 p.m. where appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $25 or two for $40 and will be available at the door but also can be purchased in advance by calling 800-581-2522 or at The Store Ampersand on Mill Street in Orono.

Proceeds directly benefit the Upward Bound program, Colannino wrote, “helping fund UB students in their first year of college.”

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Rosscare of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems announces that in recognition of National Nursing Home Week a free panel discussion for residents and the public will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in the Rose Dining Room at Ross Manor, 758 Broadway, Bangor.

The presentation, “Enlightening Our Lives through Change,” features well-known local community health professionals Bill Miller, Nelson Durgin, Katherine Musgrave, Sister Mary Norberta and the Rev. Robert Carlson with Judy Hakola as facilitator.

Reservations are requested and you can make them by calling Dianne Conroe at Ross Manor, 941-8400, ext. 226.

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Westgate Manor is offering a free educational program, “Learn to Avoid the Traumatic Experience of the Emergency Room for Your Loved One with Memory Loss,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Westgate, 750 Union St., Bangor.

The presenters will be Kimberly Hoskins and Lindsay Chadbourne of St. Joseph Healthcare and Tamera Leland of Westgate.

Tips for avoiding the emergency room and what to expect when someone with memory loss is admitted to the hospital are among the discussion items.

For information, call 942-7336.

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Georgine Butman reports the University of Maine a cappella group the Maine Steiners will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Greenville High School’s Oakes Auditorium.

Admission is by donation, and local middle and high school students also will perform.

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Sue Bernier wrote that donations of potted plants are being accepted for the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center annual Buds ’n’ Blooms Plant Sale to be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor.

Call the health center’s development office, 947-5337, ext. 104, for information about when and where to drop off your donations.

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

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