Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor announced over the weekend the six plays and musicals that will comprise its 2014-2015 season, its 41st season in eastern Maine. They range in style and subject from a quirky musical about ice fishing to a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Season tickets are available at the PTC box office.
“We’re throwing open the doors for our most dynamic and inspiring lineup yet,” said artistic director Bari Newport, in a press release sent out earlier this week. “From Music City to Mandacrest, from the plains of Kansas to the yellow brick roads of Oz, from Sturgeon Bay to suburbia, and finally to Osage County, Oklahoma, we’ll be exploring a rich world of laughter, drama, music and dance.”
“The Honky Tonk Angels” — A follow-up musical to the wildly popular “Always… Patsy Cline,” which PTC produced in the fall of 2012. It’s a jukebox musical that includes such country hits as “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5” and many others, made famous by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and other female country legends. Laura Hodos, who played the title role in “Always… Patsy Cline” will return for the show. Performances are set for Sept. 4-Sept. 21.
“The Mystery of Irma Vep” — A staple of regional theaters nationwide, this madcap two-person play satirizes Victorian melodramas and gothic horror, as well as more modern horror and suspense like Alfred Hitchcock, complete with vampires, ghosts, mummies and werewolves. Perfect for Halloween season. Mark Chambers and Dominick Varney are paired up for this hoot of a show. Performances are set for Oct. 16-Nov. 2.
“The Wizard of Oz” — The classic movie musical, set for the stage, brings Dorothy and friends to the Bangor Opera House stage, in this family-friendly holiday performance. Expect a large cast composed of both children and adults, and some special cameos from both local and national actors in some favorite roles. Performances are set for Dec. 4-28.
“Guys on Ice” — It’s known in the theater world as “the ice fishing musical,” because yes, it’s a musical about ice fishing. Two ice fishing buddies — Marvin and Lloyd — share stories and memories about life, love and big ol’ fishes. For those of us that live for getting out on the ice, this wintertime show is just the ticket. Performances are set for Jan. 29-Feb. 15, 2015.
“End Days” — This well-received off-Broadway play tells the story of a dysfunctional family — Sylvia, who gets spiritual advice from Jesus Christ himself, her daughter Rachel, who gets counseling from Stephen Hawking, and her father, Arthur, who is hopelessly depressed. The play details how the three of them wake up from their lives. Performances are set for March 12-29, 2015.
“August: Osage County” — The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play finally comes to the PTC stage. This tour de force ensemble piece showcases the agonizingly funny breakdown of a whole extended family. It’s been dubbed a modern classic; once you see it, you’ll understand why. Performances are set for April 30-May 17, 2015.
Auditions for some of the roles in the above productions will be held on Saturday, May 10, at the Bangor Opera House; to register for an audition slot, email firstname.lastname@example.org and bring a headshot and resume, a two-minute monologue and, for vocalists, a prepared song.