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Bangor area arts news, July 28

Open call auditions

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, will hold open call auditions for the 2011-2012 season 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 31, the Bangor Opera House, 133 Main St.

Penobscot Theatre is looking for actors and singers of all types and ages. The day will serve as an initial audition for the entire season. Callbacks will be held throughout the year as specific shows approach. Those who want to be considered for the spring productions are encouraged to attend this audition. Roles that are being sought for fall shows are:

• “Last Gas,” by John Cariani, to run Sept. 9-25. Troy is 16 years old and athletic. Although he’s still in high school, he looks like a man and is described as being full of potential. PTC is looking for an actor who 18 or older to play “younger.”

• “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Oct. 26-Nov. 13. PTC is looking for women singers-actors-dancers who can play ages 18-28 convincingly. Wide vocal range and dance ability required.

• “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 2-23. Five boys and two girls, ages 8-12, are needed to play Ralphie and his friends. No singing required.

Adults must prepare a monologue and bring a resume to the auditions. Those auditioning for the musicals must prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song, as well. An accompanist will be provided. Singers will be seen 2-4 p.m. only.

Children who do not have a monologue will be provided with selections from the script to work on and present the day of the audition.

To secure an audition slot, call the Penobscot Theatre box office at 942-3333 noon-4 p.m. Thursday, July 28, or Friday, July 29. Walk-ins most likely will not be seen.

For additional information about the coming season and the auditions, visit

‘Sweeney Todd’

ORONO — The University of Maine Summer Music Theatre Festival will present Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s macabre musical masterpiece, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6 and 12-13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 and 14, at Hauck Auditorium, Memorial Union, University of Maine.

After returning to London from a long exile for a crime he didn’t commit, bitter barber Sweeney Todd finds only broken fragments of his once happy life. Pitted on vengeance and aided by an eccentric meat pie vendor, Sweeney resumes his barber business, offering his victims the last shave they’ll ever have.

Tickets are $14, $7 students. The play is for mature audiences.

Concert of show tunes

BREWER — Members of the Brewer Hometown Band will “Give Our Regards to Broadway” with a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, rain or shine, at the Brewer Auditorium.

The program will include music shows that have been big hits in the musical world. Concerts are free, but donations are appreciated. For information, call 989-5911.

‘Dead of Wynter’ talk

BANGOR — Spencer Seidel, author of “Dead of Wynter,” will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Bangor Public Library.

Set in the bitter cold of a Maine winter, the story follows Alice Wynter as she returns to bury her alcoholic father. Her twin brother’s disappearance compounds the mystery of her father’s murder. As she explores her former hometown, Alice discovers dark secrets of her past in this enthralling mystery.

Seidel’s realistic dialogue and believable characters bring the book to life, building suspense. He enriches the tale through the use of several viewpoints and these characters are given authentic voices. The overall tone of the book elicits small-town life in Maine.

A former resident of Portland, Seidel used his firsthand knowledge of Maine to ensure accuracy. With a lifelong love of learning that began as a child after discovering Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Seidel graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He draws inspiration from authors such as Stephen King, Peter Straub and Jack Ketchum, who continue to influence his dark novels and short stories. “Dead of Wynter” is his debut novel. “Lovesick,” his next suspense thriller, will be published in April 2012.

Photography exhibit

BANGOR — Twenty-five photographers from PVI will exhibit their photographs during August in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. PVI, a division of Amicus, provides comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities by offering an array of experiences designed to promote creativity, personal growth, wellness, self-advocacy, life planning and independence.

The theme of the exhibit is “Changing Seasons,” and the exhibit includes the work of photographers from three groups at PVI. Several PVI staff have been pivotal in collaborating

with the PVI photographers in planning and developing this unique exhibit.

Artists contributing to the exhibit are: Harry Pomeroy, Ryan Lahaye, Angella Messer, Kevin Curtis, Arno Labrecque, Andrew Tidd, Brian Robinson, Julianne Doucette, James Lay, Butch Leavitt, Robin Sibley, Mary Ann Ayoob, David Frey, Cindy Taylor, Brenda Ouelette, Dan Turner, Patricia Landry, Rena Dugay, Crystal Michaud, Fred Thibodeau, Karen Colwell, Steve Morris, Scott Brown, Sabra Ravenscraft and Jane Lee.

Three groups at PVI contributed to the show. Sharon Murphy and Jackie Seamans worked with the Exhibition Photography Group, which recorded seasonal changes. Heather Bryant and Matt Drinkert helped the Wednesday Photography Group create photographs involving their community and environment. Edna Taber and Jamie Jordan’s My Square Yard Group made photographs that focused on the details of nature.

There will be a reception 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 19, in the Lecture Hall, for the community to meet the PVI photographers. Light refreshments will be served.

Bess the Book Bus

BANGOR — On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the mobile literacy program Bess the Book Bus will visit Kev-Lan Corner CITGO station at 1110 Broadway.

The stop is part of Bess the Book Bus’ nationwide “Success in Sight Tour” to promote childhood literacy. It is being coordinated by a Bangor-based CITGO station and its supplier, Dysart’s Fuel.

From 3 to 5 p.m., Bess the Book Bus founder Jennifer Frances will stop at Kev-Lan Corner CITGO to meet with employees and customers and hand out brand-new books to children. Local children’s book author Angeli Perrow will attend, signing copies of her books for local families.

Bess the Book Bus also will visit Bangor Public Library 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 9 so that Book Bus volunteers can read aloud to children and give away brand-new books.

Organizers said that the events show how a nationwide charity and local business can join forces to help local children.

American Folk Festival acts

BANGOR — The American Folk Festival will celebrate 10 years of music, dance and culture from traditions across America and the world Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, on the waterfront.

Performers will be:

• Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners, Friday and Saturday.

• Samba Ngo, Congolese, Friday through Sunday.

• Super Chikan, blues, Friday through Sunday.

• Eden Brent, Mississippi jazz, Saturday and Sunday.

• Rich in Tradition, bluegrass, Friday through Sunday.

• Hot Club of Cowtown, Western swing, Friday and Saturday.

• Seamus Connolly & Friends, Irish song and dance, Friday through Sunday.

• ReVeillons! Quebecois, Friday through Sunday.

• The Brotherhood Singers, gospel, Saturday and Sunday.

• Pedrito Martinez, Latin dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Zikrayat, Egyptian music and dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Rhythms of Rajasthan, Rajasthani music and dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Chuna McIntyre, Native American Yup’ik, Friday through Sunday.

• Stooges Brass Band, New Orleans Parade Band, Friday through Sunday.

• Los Tres Reyes, Mexican trio romantic, Saturday and Sunday.

• Bing Xia, Chinese Guzheng, Saturday and Sunday.

The American Folk Festival is produced by the Bangor Folk Festival in partnership with the city of Bangor, Eastern Maine Development Corp., Maine Discovery Museum and the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine.

The suggested donation is $10 a day.

At Bangor library

BANGOR — Bangor Public Library has announced Summer Reading Program events:

• Thursday, July 28, Shane Layman host for “Flavors of the World,” herbs in international cuisine, 10:30 a.m., Story Room.

• Friday, July 29, Pancoe Pool Party, 10 a.m., Beth Pancoe Municipal Aquatic Center, Union Street. Each child who registers for the summer reading program gets a free pool party pass for a child and a parent or guardian. Hosted by the aquatic center, Bangor Parks and Recreation and the library are hosting the party. Brief water safety review with lifeguards.

• Monday, Aug. 1, Maryann Lanzikos doing “Crafty Critters” at 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Young animal lovers can create a creature out of ordinary materials. Lanzikos said, “Every part of the globe is home to amazing animals. Come celebrate the wildlife of the world with me.”

• Tuesday, Aug. 2, “My Life with Ballet” with Julia Fasse, 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Fasse, Julia, a freshman at Hampden Academy, is a ballet dancer who has attended summer programs in New York City to advance her skills. She will share her ballet story; tell of the people, places and experiences that have encouraged and nurtured her talents and abilities; and, of course, dance.

• Wednesday, Aug, 3, “Mother Goose Storytime” with Jessica Atherton, 10:15 a.m. in the Story Room, birth to 24 months. Children will hear stories, listen to songs and do finger plays. “Summer Storytime,” also with Atherton, will be held at 11 a.m. for children age 3-7.

• Thursday, Aug. 4, “Trip to China and Southeast Asia” with Sally Arata, 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Arata, a member of the Eastern Maine Camera Club, has visited the Far East three times and will share tales and photos from her experiences.

• Friday, Aug. 5, “One World, Many Balloons,” 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. Conjuring Carroll and Ezekiel, 12, his son, will educate and amaze with interesting facts shared while twisting balloons into animals from around the world. Penguins, platypuses, monkeys, roadrunners — even lobsters.

Benefit concert

BANGOR — The Stone Doctors, a group of local health care professionals, together with Juicebox, Mudseason, Riverbottom Funk and Oversoul, will present a concert 1 p.m.-closing Saturday, Aug. 6, at My Fork Restaurant & Lounge on Odlin Road.

The concert will benefit Eastern Maine Medical Center Charities Kids Cancer Project and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at My Fork. For more information, contact Harold Brownell at 942-3811.

Studio part of dissertation

BANGOR — The music studio of Barbara Fenlason of Verona will be part of Narjes Soliman’s doctoral dissertation at Prescott College. The 10-week project is titled “Composing Music Based on Nature.”

Fenlason has been teaching more than 30 years and teaches piano, organ, violin, viola, ukulele, theory and composition at Knapp’s Music in Bangor. For students not now studying privately with her, she will offer a 10-week composition class beginning in September which will be a part of the project and offer area students a chance to work on their music writing skills. For more information, call 469-3573.

Music festival

WINTERPORT — The Winterport Area Business Association will sponsor a children’s area noon-6 p.m. during the Winterport Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6.

To participate in this unlimited time of fun will cost $5 in the designated area set up for youngsters. Except for pony rides, a petting zoo and llama events, which will cost an added dollar or two each, all of the other events will be available to youngsters once inside this area of the park. Several activities have been added this year.

When families arrive, they will be able to drop kids off at the Children’s Area, then set up their lawn chairs in the parking lot in front of the stage to enjoy the music.

The Music Festival will be open noon-8 p.m., with a separate gate fee of $5. The musical headliner is Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. Co-headliner is Girsa, providing traditional Irish music. Also performing will be Soca Party, island steel drums; Emily Guillow, singer-songwriter; Koostix, acoustic trio; Jazz in Blue, jazz classics; CatchaVibe, reggae; and Bill Thibodeau Band, bluegrass.

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