Performing Arts

Visiting artist Rinde Eckert (right) works with students during a rehearsal.

Maine rivers don’t just flood, they inspire art

By Patty Wight on April 12, 2017, at 7:24 p.m.
University of Southern Maine students have been collaborating on a theater production that explores how Maine’s waterways have shaped its history.
Isaac Bray

BSO, university choruses give rousing performance of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
Under Lucas Richman’s baton, the orchestra and chorus gave one of the richest and most robust performances during their many years collaborating.
Cast members for "We Are Monsters" take time from practice at Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle to pose with music director Aaron Swanson (back row, from left), choreographer Emily Sjoberg, director Darci Faye, assistant director Alexandra Kruczek and assistant music directors Tom Watson and Sawyer O'Donnell.

Caribou native gives up NYC to inspire Maine youngsters on stage

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 06, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
Darci Faye, whose play “Infinitely Yours” recently was nominated for five awards at New York’s Planet Connections Theatre Festival, is directing the youth theatre production of “We Are Monsters.”

Mad Horse Theatre presents delightfully irreverent tale of Judas Iscariot’s last days

By Judy Harrison on April 05, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
At its heart, the two-act play, first performed in 2005, is about the nature of forgiveness — human and divine.
Last year, Bangor Area dancers united for a performance to raise money for Bangor Humane Society and Children's Miracle Network. This year, dancers will come together to raise money for Embrace A Vet. The show will take place at John Bapst Memorial High School on March 31, 2017.

Dancers Unite for Embrace A Vet

By Sandy Sanzaro on March 23, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
Mill worker Ernie Donahue (James Herrera) works on his ark while his wife Marie (AJ Mooney, far right) and neighbor Nancy Letourneau (Jennifer Shepard) discuss the impact the strike is having on Abbott Falls in Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "Papermaker."

Fine performances overcome flaws in ‘Papermaker’ script

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
Watching Monica Wood’s “Papermaker” is akin to seeing a novel come to life onstage.
Actors rehearse their parts of Papermaker at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor on Saturday.

Maine stories go from paper to stage in Monica Wood’s “Papermaker” at PTC

By Emily Burnham on March 15, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
Penobscot Theatre Company’s next production, “Papermaker,” will have a familiar setting for many Mainers: a paper mill.
Anna Giroux as Babe sings "I'm Not at All in Love" in "The Pajama Game" at the University of Maine.

UMaine cast fails to overcome flaws of ‘Pajama Game’

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.
The cast and crew worked hard to give some life to “The Pajama Game,” but the cast was unable to overcome the dated and flawed story.
Lucas Richman conducting the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, whose 2016-2017 season opens on Oct. 9, 2016.

‘Star Wars’ to Midori: Bangor Symphony musicians boast a busy March schedule

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
While the “Star Wars” concerts happen over the weekend of March 4 and 5, the following weekend is yet another busy one for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra — especially for some of the younger members of the organization’s youth orchestras.
Sergei Babayan

BSO’s ‘Scheherazade’ transports concertgoers to the nights of Arabia

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 15, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.

Nicolai Gedda, ‘electrifying’ Swedish-born operatic tenor, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, performing dozens of roles on the world’s leading opera stages, died Jan. 8 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where he lived. He was 91.
Actors perform a scene from "Lumberjacks in Love," the new musical opening Feb. 2 at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor.

Bangor embraces silly, sappy ‘Lumberjacks in Love’ at Opera House

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The best moments in “Lumberjacks in Love” are when the men harmonize on the title song, “Bachelors Prayer,” and others as if they are in a barbershop quartet.
Flute, Cello, Piano

DECODA February 12 in Blue Hill

By Linda Nelson on Feb. 06, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Maiya Koloski as Iris gives Paul Haley as Simms a hug in Mad Horse Theatre Company's production of "The Nether." Jennifer Haley's play questions the consequences of living out dark impulses in a virtual world.

‘The Nether’ questions whether virtual connections beat real-life ones

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
As technology evolves, which will be more meaningful — encounters in the real world or those experienced in virtual ones? That is one of many questions raised in Jennifer Haley’s 90-minute, one-act play “The Nether.”

Penobscot Theatre to hold auditions for ‘The Full Monty’

on Jan. 27, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
Noreen Silver, the principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, plays a snippet of the F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major at her home in Bangor.

Symphony chamber concert soloist brings audience to its feet

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Never underestimate local talent.

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.
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.