Performing Arts

 

Maine twins reunite for national ‘American in Paris’ ballet tour

By Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald on Dec. 23, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Sara and Leigh-Ann Esty are one of those pairs of identical twins who’ve always been closer to each other than to anyone else, an intimacy intensified by their shared talent and track in life.
Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sunday at the age of 99.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, high-living actress of outrageous wit, dies at 99

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2016, at 10:06 p.m.
Her prominence depended almost entirely on her gusto for extravagant living, piquant quips about jewels and sex, and her self-help tips for the modern-day paramour.
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Cast members Zachary Spreng (right), who plays Oliver Twist, and Dominick Varney, who plays Fagin, run through a scene during rehearsal of "Oliver!" at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor. The show runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

‘Oliver!’ at Opera House a satisfying holiday concoction

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Cast members Zachary Spreng (right), who plays Oliver Twist, and Dominick Varney, who plays Fagin, run through a scene during rehearsal of "Oliver!" on Saturday at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor. The show runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

Dogs, humans need love in Penobscot Theatre’s production of ‘Oliver!’

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4 p.m.
This is the fifth year that the Penobscot Theatre Company has partnered around the holidays with the Bangor Humane Society, to help adopt dogs to audience members and their families.
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Rachel Barton Pine

Acclaimed classical violinist set to play with BSO, lives to rock

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 17, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Rachel Barton Pine believes very strongly that whether you’re listening to Megadeth or Mahler, the emotional reaction that music stirs inside you remains essentially the same.
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Amelia Raphaela Courtney and John Dalton Logan rehearse a scene from "Constellations" at the M.F. Planetarium a the University of Maine. The play, being performed through Sunday, applies string theory to love.

UMaine’s ‘Constellations’ explores string theory of love in planetarium

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
This production of “Constellations” is a theatrical experience not soon forgotten.
Actor Jackie Chan reacts as he accepts his honorary award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 12, 2016.

Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan ‘finally’ wins Oscar

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Nov. 13, 2016, at 8:21 a.m.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Jackie Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.
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Jason Wilkes (center), as Dan, looks to Nichole Sparlin (right), as Natalie, while running a scene with Christina Belknap, as Diana, during dress rehearsal of Some Theatre Company's upcoming production of "Next to Normal" at Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono.

Cast shines light on impact of mental illness in rock musical ‘Next to Normal’

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 09, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Mental illness, unresolved grief and teenage angst are explored in the musical “Next to Normal.”
Jason Wilkes (center), as Dan, looks to Nichole Sparlin (right), as Natalie, while running a scene with Christina Belknap, as Diana, during dress rehearsal of Some Theatre Company's upcoming production of "Next to Normal" at Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono Tuesday. The rock musical opens Nov. 4.

Orono theater company tackles edgy musical “Next to Normal”

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 02, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
“You really have to put it all out there. A show like this forces you to be vulnerable.”
Fenton Cummings (right) as Nikos urges sisters (left to right) Olympia (Mackenzie Peacock), Theyona (Nicole Felix) and Lydia (Katie Dube) tries to convince the women to marry him and his brothers in the University of Maine's production of "Big Love."

UMaine’s ‘Big Love’ cast captures jagged edges of love, forgiveness

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 28, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
“Big Love” is a challenging show but is a good choice for college students, who are supposed to be questioning everything.
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Jason Cohen makes a face at Danielle Erin Rhodes practicing for their Penobscot Theatre Company show "Murder For Two."

Good cast, technical work can’t overcome trifle that is ‘Murder for Two’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The one-act musical comedy with two actors is 90 or so minutes of silly, forgettable fun.
The cast performs during a rehearsal of Orono High School's production of "Rent" recently in Orono.

Tackling big topics through theater, Orono High uses ‘Rent’ as teaching tool

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 26, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
“We wanted to do something weighty. We wanted to talk about issues that are going on all around us.”
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Bryan Lescord (right) as Nick tries to separate Cindy Robbins (left) as Martha and Tim Pugliese as George in New Surry Theatre's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Risk of staging ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ pays off for New Surry Theatre

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.
New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill has mounted a masterful production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Murder for Two

By Micky Bedell on Oct. 19, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Stephen Quint has played "patter roles" for the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Company for the past 30 years.

Pittsfield native is the very model of a modern Gilbert and Sullivan singer

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 17, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Stephen Quint has a very specific set of skills — skills that very few people in this country possess, especially on a professional level. He sings Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs for a living.
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Highlights

on Oct. 16, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
The Capitol Steps

Next to Normal – The feel Everything musical

By lainey lee on Oct. 10, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
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Bangor Symphony Orchestra conductor Lucas Richman plays a selection from George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" at his home in Bangor on Wednesday.

BSO conductor rhapsodizes on all-American season-opening concert

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 05, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
George Gershwin’s 1924 composition “Rhapsody in Blue” is one of the most iconic pieces of American music.

Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92

By Tim Page, Washington Post on Oct. 02, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.
Robinson Ballet's new artistic director Stevie McGary after the performance of "Reflections" on Saturday evening at Husson University's Gracie Theatre.

New Robinson Ballet director’s dance career began with Elvis

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
“I want to get the community interested in dance. I think people see things like more modern dance pieces and don’t know what to think. I want to make sure that we can help them understand what they’re seeing,” Stevie Dunham McGary said. “Smaller shows in smaller venues. More intimate things. We want to educate as well as entertain.”