ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine School of Performing Arts is set to present its second annual Summer Music Theatre Festival with two exciting and gruesome tales. Kicking off the festival on June 17, at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre at UMaine will be Mary Roberts Rinehart and James Avery Hopwood’s murder mystery, “The Bat.” The second production playing in August is “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Written by Mary Roberts Rinehart and James Avery Hopwood Directed by Angela Bonacasa, “The Bat” features a small village in search of a stolen fortune and the identity of the elusive Bat, who murders innocent women in the dead of night. No one knows who’s responsible for the theft or the murders, but anyone and everyone is a suspect in this thriller.
Originally written in 1920, Rinehart’s play was adapted into a silent film in 1926, and then revived again in a 1959 version starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 17, 18, 24, 25 and 2 p.m. June 19 and 26 at UMaine’s Cyrus Pavilion Theatre located behind Fogler Library and Winslow Hall. Tickets are $10; $7 for students. For information and tickets, visit www.umaine.edu/spa. Tickets also available at the door. Purchase tickets for both “The Bat” and “Sweeney Todd” and receive a discount — $20 for both shows, or $10 for “The Bat” and $14 for “Sweeney Todd.”