February 18, 2018
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Center Theatre emerges from restructuring, announces major acts

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Contact: Tracy Michaud Stutzman at tstutzman@centertheatre.org

CUTLINE: Rock and roll legend Leon Russell and his band perform July 20 at Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft as the Theatre emerges from restructuring.

DOVER-FOXCROFT—Internationally acclaimed live acts including rock and roll hall of famer Leon Russell Fri., July 20, and singer-songwriter Chris Smither Fri., Aug. 25, will mark high points this summer season at Center Theatre. Two other acts, Antonio Rocha Sat., July 28, and the Yo-Yo People Sat., Aug. 11, are geared specifically to children.
The announcements come at a time when Center Theatre is concluding a months-long reorganization of its finances and staffing.
Tracy Michaud Stutzman, who was hired in February as interim operations consultant to oversee the transition and concludes her work June 23, says the Theatre is poised to be sustainable into the future.
“The Theatre’s on a really good track financially,” Stutzman says. “We thank everyone for their donations,” referring to a $10,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank, another $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation, and contributions of money and supplies from the public.
Theatre board chairman Timothy Magee also thanks the community. “The support shown to Center Theatre by the community over the past several months has been wonderful and most sincerely appreciated by everyone involved in the Theatre. Attendance to movies and events has been strong and many patrons have commented they are happy to see the operations continuing. Moving forward, we have a strong plan in place for Center Theatre and look forward to serving the community in the future.”
Stutzman, on behalf of the Board of Directors, expressed thanks to the community for their patience and support in the form of attendance at movies and buying concessions as a way to show that the Theatre means a great deal to the community. “The important thing now is that we’ve got a good plan for moving forward in a healthy way.”
That plan, in addition to the line-up of live acts this summer, includes a roster of fall acts, plans to have an executive director in place by July and the decision to create a new position of operations manager which includes aspects of both the technical director and front-of-house manager jobs, which were both previously separate jobs.
During the past months many community members have donated their time. Board member Pam Tower, who was heavily involved in volunteer coordination from the Theatre’s beginning, has been filling that role during this transition phase. As in the past, the Theatre will continue to rely on volunteers to assist the two full-time management positions that will be in place. The help of volunteers is needed in the box office, selling concessions, and other tasks.
The application deadline for the executive-director position closed May 15 and the position could be filled by the end of June. The job description for the operations manager position was posted May 30. The application deadline is June 10.
The schedule of upcoming events is currently as follows (all general admission; doors open an hour before showtime):
Sat., June 23, 10-4, $5 (kids 12 and under, free) Whoopie Pie Festival (mainewhoopiepiefestival.com).
Sat., July 14, 6-9 p.m., Broadway Bound Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser featuring a lasagna dinner, acting and singing by the Slightly Off-Center Players, prizes, challenges and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight.
Fri., July 20, 8 p.m., rock and roll legend Leon Russell (leonrussellrecords.com), accompanied by his band, shares his famous piano licks and fifty years of experience which classify him as an “idol” in the eyes of Elton John. Maine concertgoers will remember Russell most recently as the warm-up act for Bob Dylan’s Aug. 2011 Waterfront Concerts appearance. Tickets: $32.50.
Fri., July 27, 6 p.m., The Pinocchio Show, a summer children’s drama camp performance. Tickets: $6 or $22 per family (free for children under).
Sat., July 28, 6 p.m., Antonio Rocha (storyinmotion.com), an internationally acclaimed, award-winning children’s author, storyteller, mime and actor with signature movements and sound effects that entertain as well as address matters of self-esteem and respect. Tickets: $6 or $22 per family (free for children under).
Fri. and Sat., Aug. 3 and 4, Homecoming Weekend Local Talent Showcase including Aladdin directed by Mitchell Chasse, Molly Goes West short film featuring Christina Kurzius and one-act plays directed by Tamara Fenn and David Lane. Admission by donation.
Fri., Aug. 10, 6 p.m., Let Down Your Hair, Rapunzel, a summer children’s drama camp performance. Tickets: $6 or $22 per family (free for children under).
Sat., Aug. 11, 6 p.m., the Yo-Yo People (yoyoshow.com), Yo-Yo Guinness Book of World record holder John Higby and his wife, Rebecca, who have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, entertain with yo-yo tricks in combination with hula hoops, unicycle and other stage props and set to music. Tickets: $6 or $22 per family (free for children under).
Sat., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Boston-based country blues and southern folk singer Chris Smither (smither.com) demonstrates what Wired magazine calls a “masterful” songwriting and “genious” guitar blues.
Coming this fall: Dar Williams Sun., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. ($22.50) and, on Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. James McMurtry ($22.50).
Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone (207-564-8943) through the box office Tues.-Fri., 10-2 or online at centertheatre.org. Leon Russell and Chris Smither start at 8 p.m. the childrens’ shows start at 6 p.m.
Members of the Theatre’s board of directors currently are Dan Sharrow, Kim Chase Cavenaugh, Joe Caruso, Erin Callaway, Dana Clair Larson, Chad Poland, Julie Mallett, Rusty Willette–all of Dover-Foxcroft, Jerry Anthony of Medford, Michael Kagan of Sebec, chairman Timothy Magee of Sangerville, and Pam Tower of Harmony.
Persons interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Pam Tower at (207) 343-1990 or by emailing her at ptower@tdstelme.net.