Music Off Broadway takes on puppet performance in Bangor

Nathan Roach (left), Matthew Madore (center)and Nancy Dymond (right) rehearse with puppets for a number from the hit-musical &quotAvenue Q." The three will perform this weekend in the Bangor Rotary Club's annual show, &quotMusic Off Broadway."
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Nathan Roach (left), Matthew Madore (center)and Nancy Dymond (right) rehearse with puppets for a number from the hit-musical "Avenue Q." The three will perform this weekend in the Bangor Rotary Club's annual show, "Music Off Broadway." Buy Photo
Posted March 26, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Last modified March 26, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
The Great Hall for Sarah's House, a hospitality house for cancer patients set to open later this year in Holden.
The Great Hall for Sarah's House, a hospitality house for cancer patients set to open later this year in Holden.
The former Fox Run Furniture Galleries building in Holden is a step closer to becoming Sarah's House, a place for out-of-town cancer patients to stay while undergoing treatment at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center less than 3 miles away in Brewer.
The former Fox Run Furniture Galleries building in Holden is a step closer to becoming Sarah's House, a place for out-of-town cancer patients to stay while undergoing treatment at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center less than 3 miles away in Brewer. Buy Photo

Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor, Maine

BANGOR, Maine — Nancy Dymond has worked with a lot of different actors and singers over the years, but this is the first time she’s worked with a puppet.

Dymond, of Bangor, will perform this weekend with Nathan Roach of Bangor and Matthew Madore of Hampden in the 9th annual “Music Off Broadway” benefit presented by the Bangor Rotary Club. The trio will perform a song from the hit musical “Avenue Q,” which features actors on stage working hand puppets.

They are three of more than 22 singers and musicians performing Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School.

“It’s not as easy as it looks,” Dymond said of working with a puppet. “So all eyes can be on the puppets, we singers have to try to fade into the background. We’re used to trying to make people look at us.”

The theme of this year’s show is “Taking Me Places and Imagine,” Dymond said.

Roach, who has appeared in productions of the Penobscot Theatre Company and Ten Bucks Theatre, said he likes doing the Rotary show because “it’s fun time with talented people.”

In addition to “Avenue Q”, the show will feature songs from “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “Aida” and “Les Miserables,” according to Director Roger George of Bangor.

Proceeds from the show this year will benefit, Sarah’s House, a home away from home at the former Fox Run Furniture Galleries building for cancer patients undergoing treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine facilities, which are less than 3 miles away in Brewer.

The cost of the renovation was estimated at $275,000, but the actual cost will be lower because much of the work is being done by volunteers and much of the construction material likely will be donated, according to a previously published report.

The home was the dream of Sarah Robinson, a young wife, mother and Old Town Rotarian who died of cancer in December 2011. Seed money for Sarah’s House came from the sale of a house that the Old Town Rotary Club built on land donated by member Tommy Thornton of Milford.

“Music Off Broadway” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. Tickets are $15 for youth, $20 for general admission and $35 for patrons.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that general admission tickets cost $25.

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