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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 …
Members of the cast rehearse their part for "La Boheme" at the Collins Center in Orono on Tuesday.

Live opera returns to Greater Bangor with BSO staging of ‘La Boheme’

By Shelby Hartin on April 20, 2016, at 2:13 p.m.
“Live opera has not been done in [Greater Bangor] in a very long time,” Brian Hinrichs said. “I think that there was a void for the real live thing here, locally produced.”
At the Bangor Symphony Orchestra's soiree fundraiser earlier this month; left to right, BSO violinist Sascha Zaburdaeva, Maestro Lucas Richman and Eric Mihan; Kaitlyn Parker Bray and Isaac Bray are on the right, and who will not be featured at Sunday's BSO concert.

From Puccini to Pearl Jam: Bangor singer to make local debut with BSO this Sunday

By Emily Burnham on April 20, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
Before he was a wine merchant — and before he was the lead singer in local hard rock band One Sixty One — Eric Mihan was an opera singer. Though his operatic skills have mostly lain dormant for the past ten years, this Sunday Mihan, who owns Bangor Wine & …

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ at Bangor Opera House in May

on April 19, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Saturday, May 14, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-3333; penobscottheatre.org BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy will present “Fantastic …

Yanucks Stand Up Comedy presents comedian Brian Brinegar

By Brian Giles on April 04, 2016, at 8:37 a.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Calais Motor Inn, 663 Main St, Calais, MAINE For more information: 904-7605; facebook.com/ReverendBrianJosephGilesComedian/ CALAIS — Yanucks Stand Up Comedy will host a comedy show at 9-11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Calais Motor Inn. Show host will be the Rev. …