May 27, 2018
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Weekend in New York City trip

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre Company announced that its fourth annual Weekend in New York City will take place March 21-23. The centerpiece of the travel package is tickets to two Broadway shows — “Big Fish,” a new musical featuring direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman; and the much-anticipated revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll.

Travelers will enjoy round-trip deluxe motorcoach transportation from Bangor, lodging at a Times Square hotel just steps from the theater district, several specially planned meals and access to behind-the-scenes experiences.

The cost of the weekend package is $1,200 per person based on double-occupancy lodging. To register or to obtain more information, call the box office at 942-3333.



ORONO, Maine — Actors and directors at the University of Maine are embracing change as they rehearse for “Metamorphoses,” a play that explores transformations.

Many of their adjustments are because the play takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water. UMaine Associate Professor of Theatre Marcia Joy Douglas directs the production, in which 150 audience members will be seated on stage adjacent to the actors.

Douglas chose “Metamorphoses” after asking UMaine assistant professor and set designer Daniel Bilodeau for titles of plays he would like to design.

Technical Director Joe Donovan constructed the pool, which is almost completely drained after each night’s rehearsal. Each afternoon it’s refilled with hot water and a chlorine tablet is added. Bilodeau said structural engineers rated the stage floor, which is directly above the costume shop, to ensure it could safely sustain the weight of the filled pool.

Approximately 50 students will take part in the school of performing arts’ production, in which 13 actors don 85 costumes designed by Jonna Klaiber.

Performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine.

Content is mature. Tickets are $10, free with a student MaineCard. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door one hour before showtime. To request a disability accommodation, call 207-581-1781.


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