ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Memphis Belles will be back on stage in the Ellsworth Fire Department’s production of “Music, Music, Music!,” a review of the music of the ’40s and ’50s. Memphis Belles Pat Cummings and Darlene Mogul live in Bangor and Penny Weinstein lives in Dedham. The group was formed when Bangor Community Theater sent out an audition notice for singers and actors for a one-night, one-show fundraising production with a USO theme to benefit the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross on New Year’s Eve in 1989-1990. The show’s writer and director, Robert Libby, president of the theater at the time, put the three voices together to sing Andrews Sisters-style tunes and named them after the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed the Memphis Belle, which had been stationed at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor to run training missions in the fall of 1942 before being put into active service in Bassingbourn, England.
Weinstein, who works for the city of Ellsworth, will serve as the show coordinator. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Ellsworth High School Performing Arts Center. Many Bangor and Ellsworth area popular singers will be featured.
Music Director Dana Ross has assembled a group of musicians and Roland Dube will serve as master of ceremonies.
Ellsworth’s firefighters, first responders and volunteers will take the stage for several numbers and Blue Hill a cappella group Ellacappella will perform.
Reserved seat tickets are available at Ellsworth City Hall or by calling 669-6616. Tickets are $20, $15 to those over 60 or under 18. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Ellsworth Fire Department in order to raise the funds to host the 50th annual Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention, which will take place in Ellsworth in 2013.