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Arts news: Penobscot Theatre Company Youth in ‘The Hobbit’

Posted April 25, 2011, at 9:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre’s Youth Theatre will present a family-friendly adaptation of “The Hobbit,” Tolkien’s tale of dwarfs, magicians and dragons in Middle Earth, featuring a cast of local actors ages 4–14 at the Bangor Opera House at 6 p.m. April 29, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 30, and 1 p.m. May 1.

Penobscot Theatre’s Youth Theatre actors, ages 7–14, directed by Jeri Misler and Kae Cooney, and Little Ones, ages 4-6, directed by Joye C. Levy and AJ Mooney, will perform a suspenseful though sometimes dark, sometimes charming world of Middle Earth.

The young actors tell the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. Real adventures, however, are not Bilbo’s cup of tea. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, 11 ragged-looking dwarfs and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, Bilbo could not be less interested at first. But Bilbo’s love of a good story gets the better of him, and soon he is off on a perilous quest that takes him over mountains, under hills, into caves and through a forest full of fairy elves and their beautiful queen.

PTC’s Youth Theatre actors featured in The Hobbit include Will Airey, Hampden; Ian Buck, Erica Hall, Brooke Jones, Mackie Doore, Sophia Mullins, Leo Spinney, Bangor; Lana Sabbagh, Rebekah Friedman, Brewer; Lillian Costello, Milo; Elsa Louise Jolliffe, Noam Osher, Zivi Osher, Matthew Tozer, Zachary Welch-Enman, Orono; Cole May, Old Town; Jonah Roberts, Newburgh.

PTC’s Little Ones include Ethan Demerchant, Old Town; Mia Khavari, Ellie Levy, Quiten Gabe, Emma McDonald-Darby, Lilie Sites, Zachary Streng, Sophia Upton, Bangor; Brier Jandreau, Glenburn; Zoe Morehead, Orono; Asa Roberts, Newburgh.

“The Hobbit” is supported by a grant from Eastern Maine Healthcare Services. Tickets at $10 adults and $5 children are available through http://www.penobscottheatre.org, 942-3333, or at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.

New Renaissance

BANGOR, Maine — The public is invited to a performance by the New Renaissance Singers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call 262-9600.

Benefit for H.O.M.E.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Come to the Alamo Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, for a concert to benefit H.O.M.E. Maine favorite David Dodson will share the stage with Mary Kate Small and their long-time friend Dean Stevens.

For 25 years an exuberant performer, Stevens combines an intricate, self-taught guitar style with expressive singing voice. A creator and interpreter of songs in English and Spanish, Stevens explores a variety of personal and social topics, paints sketches of people and places, celebrates the Earth and “annoys the narrow-minded.”

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Stevens is a lifelong student of Latin America.

He learned Spanish at an early age and readily absorbed the musical and topical influences of the region. He travels frequently to Central America and has become known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to their homes in El Salvador and Guatemala. Both he and H.O.M.E. will be selling Central American crafts and coffee at the Alamo.

David Dodson figures he has written 350 songs worth keeping. While he won’t share all of them at the Alamo performance, he hopes to please the crowd with a goodly number. His newest CD, “Soul Song,” will be available while supplies last, with $1 donated to H.O.M.E. for every CD sold at the Cinco de Mayo benefit.

Mary Kate Small has been stepping up her public performances in recent years. She will perform her song about Phil Gray, one of H.O.M.E.’s pillars, who died in March. She met Gray when she first volunteered in Orland and has been wanting to organize this benefit for some time, especially in light of H.O.M.E.’s 40 years of accomplishments. With nearly 100 songs to her credit and nice duos lined up with Dodson, Small is looking forward to raising funds for her favorite Maine non-profit.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at 85 Main St. For reservations, call 469-7961. Suggested donation is $10.

Euphony concert

ORONO, Maine — Euphony, the Orono-based chamber choir under the direction of Francis John Vogt, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Church of Universal Fellowship; 82 Main St.

The program titled “Ancient and Modern” will feature a selection of madrigals from the Renaissance contrasted with madrigals by contemporary composers including Morten Lauridsen, William Hawley and Joshua Shank. New Latin motets based on ancient sources by James MacMillan and Frank Ferko will open the concert.

Admission is free to students with a $10 suggested donation for others.

Fiddlers’ Showcase

BANGOR, Maine — As a benefit fundraiser for the Maine Fiddle Camp Scholarship Fund, the 2011 Penobscot County Fiddlers’ Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St.

The showcase will feature skilled acoustic string performers with ties to Penobscot County in a variety show-style format. While we invite all fiddlers, any acoustic string players are welcome. Organizers encourage players to perform traditional New England traditional music.

After the showcase will be a country-style contra-dance. Admission fees are $10 or $30 family. Proceeds benefit the Maine Fiddle Camp Scholarship Fund, which helps send eligible youth to 2011 Maine Fiddle Camp programs. Some 20 percent of all youth Maine Fiddle Campers receive Fiddle Camp Scholarship funds.

All interested performers will be subject to an informal audition. For more information, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/penobscotfiddles/

For more information on the Maine Fiddle Camp, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization, visit http://www.mainefiddle.org/. Or call Jeff Silverstein at 659-8041.

Mr. Harley concert

BANGOR, Maine — As part of the Month of the Young Child celebration, the University of Maine Museum of Art at 40 Harlow St. will host a free concert for youngsters and their parents with Maine artist Mr. Harley at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Mr. Harley has delighted children with his lively guitar throughout New England for six years. In the tradition of The Wiggles, Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes, Mr. Harley weaves a musical experience that is both entertaining and educational.

His shows blend classic children’s songs and original pieces such as “I Wanna See You Jump” and “Stegameganoodlefudanappysaurus.” Mr. Harley’s music emphasizes the importance of healthy eating, exercise and using your imagination. For information, contact Gina Platt at 561-3360.

PechaKucha

BANGOR, Maine — Fusion Bangor, River City Cinema, the University of Maine Museum of Art and other partners have joined together to establish PechaKucha Bangor — a presentation event for creative people to showcase their work, accomplishments and ideas to thecommunity.

PechaKucha Night started in 2003 in Japan and has spread to hundreds of cities around the world. The event keeps presentations concise, interest up and ideas flowing. The 20×20 PechaKucha format allows each presenter to narrate a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. Each event has eight to 10 presenters in an array of creative disciplines.

PechaKucha Bangor organizers are looking for eight creative people to present at the first PechaKucha Night Bangor Vol. 1 on May 20 at the Brick Church in Bangor. Designers, painters, architects, wood workers, sculptors, dancers, photographers, academics, athletes, farmers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs are welcome. Email pechakucha.bangor@gmail.com by April 29.

Include name, contact info, a little about yourself, what you create, a brief description of your work, process and the story you’d like to share, as well as attachments of five digital images.

For more information, contact Johann Sabbath, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, 947-0307.

Declaration of Independence

BANGOR, Maine — Sometimes referred to as this country’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence is the symbol of liberty, with important phrases such as “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

On Saturday, May 7, the public may view one of only 26 original Dunlap Broadsides printed the night of July 4, 1776. The document will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Stairwell Gallery at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

There will be an accompanying video, featuring Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Kathy Bates, Michael Douglas, Ed Norton and other Hollywood stars.

This particular Dunlap Broadside, library officials said, was found when a flea market shopper bought a framed painting for $4, and while inspecting a tear in the lining behind the painting, discovered a folded Dunlap broadside.

It was purchased at auction in 2001 by Norman Lear, creator of television shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Silver Spoons” and “Who’s the Boss.” Lear bought the broadside with the intent to tour the document around the United States so that people could experience it firsthand. Bangor Public Library is proud to have been chosen as Maine’s location for displaying the document.

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