Performing Arts

 
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.”

MECA’s 2016 BFA visiting artist lecture series

By lswackhamer on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Portland, Maine — Maine College of Art’s Bachelor of Fine Art Program is pleased to announce the 2016 Visiting Artist & Guest Lecturers Series, invites professional artists, educators, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs to present on topics of interest and importance to the MECA community. All lectures in this series are …
Vivian Bearing, an academic superstar, enters the overwhelming world of a cancer research hospital. Her classroom has not prepared her for the lessons she must learn to endure her illness and its treatment. Kelly Santiago-Nelson plays Vivian with Kim Slininger and Dennis Hamrick at the Union Street Brick Church, Bangor on Sept. 23 and 24 at 7pm and Sept. 25 at 3:30pm. There is no admission charge and refreshments are served. 945-9798, charlenejkent@gmail.com.

Play ‘Wit’ on Stage Four cancer to be on stage at Brick Church

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — It’s hard to imagine why a playwright would set her skills on a subject as bleak as ovarian cancer – or why a local church would want to tell the story.  The play, titled Wit, was written by Margaret Edson, a graduate from Smith College with a degree …
Julie Arnold Lisnet as Annie (left) and Sharon Zolper as Chris admire the sunflowers that blossom at the end of "Calendar Girls" at the Bangor Opera House.

Tight ensemble in ‘Calendar Girls’ hits all the right emotional, naked notes

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
A tale of women’s friendships, their ability to love and support one another and how they help each other take risks by taking it all off.

Win tickets to see Peppa Pig Live at the Collins Center!

By Sarah Cottrell on Sept. 13, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
We are giving away TWO sets of four tickets to two lucky families for a night of theatrical fun! If you are looking to purchase tickets then check out this site here.

Two Old Cops and An Angel event featuring three Maine authors

By Linda Gundel on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:35 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Two Old Cops and An Angel, Oceanside High School , Rockland , Maine For more information: 207-594-0310 (library) Love to laugh? Need to laugh? We have the remedy for you coming up on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at …
Paul Bunyan statue stands near the entrance of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cross Insurance Center announces Broadway series

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor has announced its 2016-2017 First National Bank Presents Broadway’s Best in Bangor series, which will feature five shows beginning in December.

Diverse slate of shows set for new Collins Center season

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 07, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
This fall marks a landmark anniversary for both the University of Maine and the region at large: the 30th anniversary of the grand opening of the Collins Center for the Arts.
Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "Calendar Girls," set for Sept. 8- 25.

Baring their souls — and more — on stage for Penobscot Theatre’s season opener

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 07, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
As actresses, the women cast in Penobscot Theatre Company’s season-opening show, “Calendar Girls,” are not afraid of putting themselves out there.

‘The Grand Tour — A Celebration of Music of George Jones’ be Penobscot Theatre

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-3333; penobscottheatre.org BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre Company will present “The Grand Tour — A Celebration of the Music of George Jones” …
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Survivors played by Meredith Gosselin (from left), Matt Hurley, Melody Bates and Jason Martin recall an episode of "The Simpsons" in Opera House Arts' production of "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play."

Opera House Arts premieres eye-popping ‘Mr. Burns’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 31, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Directors Sarah Gazdowicz and Meg Taintor, the organization’s producing artistic director, create a strong ensemble that allows every actor a moment in the spotlight.
Kelly Nelson-Santiago is Vivien Bearing, in the prize winning play, Wit.

Play ‘Wit’ to be offered at Union Street Brick Church

By CJKent on Aug. 30, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Union Street Brick Church, 126 Union Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-945-9798; facebook.com/unionstreetbrickchurch Vivien is an academic super star in the world of …
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The cast of "The Irish and How They Got That Way" (left to right) Peter Cormican, Charis Leos, Curt Dale Clark and Cary Michele Miller raise a glass with fiddler Ernest Sauceda. The musical by Frank McCourt is a collaboration between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage.

Two Maine theaters collaborate for stunning production of ‘The Irish’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 24, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
“The Irish,” a musical history lesson on the Emerald Isle and its people’s experience as immigrants in America, is perfect for Portland’s intimate space.
The cast of "Murdered to Death," a spoof of and homage to Agatha Christie mysteries, prepares to take the stage at Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville. The play runs through Sept. 4.

Audience may giggle to death after seeing ‘Murdered to Death’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 17, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
The way theater lovers tell it’s August on Mount Desert Island is there’s a murder mystery playing at Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville.
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Students in the Penobscot Theatre Company's summer program rehearse their parts in "Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland" at the theatre in Bangor on Wednesday. The new play is about Gluskabe, the benevolent culture hero of the Wabanaki tribes, who taught the people the arts of civilization and protected them from danger. The work is a collaborative among the theatre, Penobscot tribal elders and playwrights, native scholars and educators.

Penobscot Nation values come to life in ‘Transformer Tales’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
“I think it has value for everyone because that is how we transmitted our values and our culture — through stories,” Carol Dana said. “And it has a good message for people about conservation.”
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Bari Robinson (left) as Flavius plots with Matt Hurley as Marullus in Opera House Arts' production of "Julius Caesar" in Stonington.

Multilayer production of ‘Julius Caesar’ reflects current political rhetoric

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
Director Peter Richards subtlely parallels the politics of ancient Rome with those rumbling across America today.

‘Beethoven’s Wig’ show on Aug. 5 at Camden Opera House

on July 27, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden, Maine For more information: 207-536-5850 CAMDEN, Maine — “Beethoven’s Wig”, an innovative show blending live performance with animations of famous musicians and classical instruments, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, …
Singer Rob Thomas inducts rock band Chicago onstage during the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016.

What will Rob Thomas do before he takes the stage in Bangor next week?

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 27, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Heading to the show in the Queen City of the East next week? Thomas says fans will love the energy.
Ben Layman as Dr. Pinch tries to cure Antipholus of Ephesus, played by Patrick Malloy, of his affliction as Connor Magliozzi, a constable, keeps him from fleeing in Ten Bucks Theatre Company's production of "The Comedy of Errors."

Ten Bucks’ ‘Comedy of Errors’ uneven but satisfying Shakespeare

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
The play is full of mistaken identities and miscommunications, slapstick and drollery in a satisfying but uneven production.
The 2016 Summer Training Program Young Actors

‘Twisted Tales’ performance slated July 29 in Lewiston

on July 26, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
Friday, July 29, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, Maine For more information: 207-782-3200 LEWISTON, Maine — “Twisted Tales”, the 2016 Professional Theatre Training Program for Young Actors, will be held 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple …