Performing Arts

 
Nina Robinson-Poole as Sister James (left) and Veronica Young as Sister Aloysius Beauvier (right) question Patrick Harris as Father Flynn about his relationship with an altar boy in New Surry Theatre's production of "Doubt: A Parable."

New Surry Theatre’s production of ‘Doubt’ a tapestry of questions

By Judy Harrison on June 23, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
New Surry Theatre’s production beautifully captures every nuance the playwright intended.
Tracey Marceron stands in the new rehearsal space, across the street from her theater space, the Next Generation Theatre, on Center Street in Brewer.

Brewer theater and arts school expands, teaches the ‘next generation’ of artists

By Emily Burnham on June 14, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
For Tracey Marceron, it’s not about the money. If it was, she wouldn’t be in the business of running a small theater and art school for area youth. “To me, all of it is worth it when a parent comes to me and says ‘My child has blossomed in every …
"Rock of Ages" is the final Penobscot Theatre Company show of the 2015-16 season.

Fine cast turns ‘Rock of Ages’ into rollicking party fueled by 1980s music

By Judy Harrison on June 13, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Ira Kramer and Christie Robinson portray star-crossed lovers Drew and Sherrie, who come to the Sunset Strip chasing their dreams.
Cirque du Soleil's Vladimir Hrynchenko performs hand balancing during opening night of OVO on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cirque du Soleil opens ‘OVO’ show in Bangor

on June 02, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil returned to the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday, June 2, with its show OVO. OVO tells the story of a mysterious egg that appears in the midst of an insect colony. The colony is amazed by the object. A fly arrives and is a bit of an …
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A Cirque du Soleil performer rehearses Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cirque du Soleil to return to Bangor for new production, OVO

By Shelby Hartin on June 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
“It’s an absolute must see for people who have never seen it. And for those who have seen it before, this show is a completely new creation.”
Director and choreographer Michele Colvin teaches new choreography to the ensemble for Penobscot Theatre's upcoming production of "Rock of Ages," which will stage June 9 through July 2.

‘Rock of Ages’ cast members talk upcoming production, personal careers

By Shelby Hartin on June 01, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
“It’s all about dreams and realizing that dreams are reality,” Alekzander Sayers said
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Keith Robinson (right) watches one of his ballet classes work through a routine at Robinson Ballet in Bangor on Monday afternoon.

Longtime Robinson Ballet artistic directors step down

By Shelby Hartin on May 25, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
After a finale of the children’s matinee “Aladdin,” Brewer residents Keith and Maureen Robinson stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of the company.

Artistic directors talk about longtime leadership of Robinson Ballet

By Micky Bedell on May 25, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
After a finale of the children’s matinee “Aladdin” held Sunday at the Brewer Performing Arts Center, Brewer residents Keith and Maureen Robinson stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of the company.  

Bangor Ballet to close season with ‘Hooked on Classics: Back to Bach and Off to Offenbach’

on May 20, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
Bangor Ballet completes its 2016-2017 season June 4 and 5 with an exciting program showcasing the work of five Maine-based choreographers. “Hooked on Classics: Back to Bach and Off to Offenbach” will be offered 7 p.m Saturday, June 4, at Gracie Theatre at Husson University; and at 7 p.m. Sunday, …
Actors of "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" go over a scene during a dress rehearsal at the Penobscot Theatre Company at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor, April 22, 2016.

What to watch for in Maine’s upcoming theater season

By Shelby Hartin on May 18, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
From comedies to love stories to a tale that will hit close to home for those with ties to the paper industry, there will be much to see on Maine stages next season.
Young players in the Watts Hall production of The Music Man, to be presented on 2,3, 8 and 9 July in Thomaston, rehearse their marching scene.

‘The Music Man’ July performances in Thomaston

on May 06, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, July 3, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, July 8, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, July 9, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Watts Hall, Main Street, Thomaston, Maine THOMASTON, Maine — The theme of this year’s Independence Day celebration …

48th annual dance production ‘Dance USA’ at Bangor High School

on May 06, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Morita’s School of Dance will hold its 48th annual dance production Dance USA at 12:30 p.m. for Bucksport, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo studios and 4:30 p.m. for Hermon studio, Saturday, May 21, at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium. Dancers from 3 years through adults will be performing routines in tap, ballet, …
Duwell, played by Doug Meswarb (second from right) shows reporter Sandy, played by Andrew Crowe (left), his brother Duane, portrayed by Arthur Morison (second from left), and photographer Lenny, played by Brian Michael, what the creature he felled looked like in "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" at the Bangor Opera House.

Comedic performances, tech wizardry lift PTC show above maudlin script

By Judy Harrison on May 04, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Jonathan Spencer’s set is magnificent and fills nearly every inch of the Bangor Opera House stage.

‘Hamilton’ builds on its dominance with record-setting 16 Tony nominations

By Peter Marks, Washington Post on May 03, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
Winner-take-all may be a term more commonly associated with primary elections. But if the Tony Award nominations announced on Tuesday in New York are any indication, that phrase could very well apply on the night of the awards ceremony in June to the musical that has dominated this Broadway season …
Andrew Lyndaker holds a copy of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. He was delighted to find the book the day before going to New York to audition for the part of Charlie in a new Broadway musical based on the book.

Maine boy, 11, gets coveted call-back on Broadway

By Eleanor Cade Busby, Lincoln County News on April 27, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
“Many people don’t understand how hard he works or that it is work. The rehearsals take hours daily, then there are days with two performances.”
Actors of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel go over a scene during a dress rehearsal at the Penobscot Theatre Company at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor on Friday.

‘Laugh-out-loud’ Penobscot Theatre play also poses tough questions about human frailty, God

By Shelby Hartin on April 27, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
Written by Mitch Albom, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” follows a New York journalist sent to cover a mysterious angel shooting in Alabama. The comedy ultimately becomes an allegory about redemption with a heartfelt message, but not before laughter ensues.
Eric Mihan as Colline (left), Aaron Engebreth as Schaunard (center) and Dan Kempson as Marcello (right) rehearse a scene Saturday from Act Two of "La Boheme" at the Collins Center for the Arts with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

BSO’s stripped down ‘La Boheme’ puts music above spectacle

By Judy Harrison on April 27, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
“La Boheme” was a lovely and much-appreciated gift for the symphony’s loyal supporters and the community.

Theatre group to stage ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Brewer

on April 21, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
Friday, May 6, 2016 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.Saturday, May 7, 2016 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.Sunday, May 8, 2016 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.Friday, May 13, 2016 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.Saturday, May 14, 2016 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer, Maine …

Student theatre group to perform ‘Mary’s Wedding’

on April 21, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
Friday, April 29, 2016 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.Saturday, April 30, 2016 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.Sunday, May 1, 2016 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: GracieTheatre’s Black Box Theatre , Husson University, Bangor, Maine For more information: 619-2488 BANGOR — Husson University Theatre , a student-­run drama group, will …
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Coping With Post-Show Depression: An Inevitable Process

on April 20, 2016, at 8:47 p.m.
After they’ve taken their final bows, and the curtain has set for the last time, most actors begin the process coined as “Post-Show Depression.” Since many actors’ lives revolve around having a rehearsal and performance schedule to keep their minds occupied, taking away either of the two can completely throw …