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Posted Nov. 22, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.

New Renaissance Singers concerts

AREA — The New Renaissance Singers have scheduled these performances:

• Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

• Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor, after the Downtown Festival and Tree Lighting, Saturday, Dec. 7.

• Hampden Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

The choir, under the direction of Molly J. Webster, will perform a variety of music from around the word, including songs of the season from Africa and Russia.

In addition to the main concerts, New Renaissance Singers will perform several concerts at area senior homes throughout December.

 

Ballet auditions

BANGOR — Robinson Ballet announced that it will hold auditions for Robinson Ballet Live 2014 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Robinson Ballet Studios, 107 Union St. The auditions are open to dancers age 14 to adult.

Rehearsals will be held primarily on Saturdays.

Performance dates are April 5-6 and 12-13 at Brewer Community School Performing Arts Center in Brewer.

Robinson Ballet Live 2014 will feature original choreography by Robinson Ballet artistic team Keith Robinson, Terry Lacy, Stevie Dunham and Maureen Lynch.

 

‘Cinderella’

BANGOR — Just in time for the holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company will present the musical “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale” Wednesdays through Sundays, Dec. 5-29, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at the Bangor Opera House.

Stephanie Colovito, a senior at John Bapst High School who has been involved with PTC’s Dramatic Academy for more than a decade, will play Cinderella.

PTC newcomer and UMaine student Ira Kramer will play Prince Charming.

Cinderella’s father, Baron Hardup, played by Arthur Morison, cannot help his unhappy daughter — he’s completely in thrall to his wicked wife, Mrs. Badden-Rotten, played by Dominick Varney. Ben Layman and New York based Jesse Havea will flounce around the stage as the two hideous stepsisters.

Little Bo Peep, played by Jasmine Ireland, will make an appearance as a consciousness-raising anti-monarchist. Her sheep, like wooly Rockettes, will be played by Abigail Thompson, Kate Fogg, Bronwyn Beardsley, Molly Hagarety and Zivi Osher.

As the Fairy Godmother, Tina Burns sings some of the show’s most beautiful numbers and has the power to transform pumpkins into carriages.

The cast also includes Margo Lukens as the Queen, Bob Potts as the King and Charlie Hanscom as a tone-deaf trumpet playing servant of the court and Logan Bard as Prince Charming’s girl crazy companion, Dandini.

The cast is rounded out by Christie Robinson as Buttons, Cinderella’s best friend, and a rotund and expressive dancing bear.

Tickets are $30, $15 for youth under 18, and available at penobscottheatre.org, or by calling 942-3333.

Spectacular Event Center will host Princess and Prince Lunches before each Sunday show. Call theater Box Office for details and reservations.

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