Performing Arts


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Dancers rehearse for Alison Chase/Performance's new work, "Dancing With Steel."

Renowned choreographer to ‘dance with steel’ in seven outdoor spots across the state

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Alison Chase has had plenty of experience bringing her modern dance troupe, Alison Chase/Performance, into unorthodox venues, from art museums to granite quarries.
Marianna Bassham retells an ancient tale of war in Opera House Arts' production of "An Iliad" at the Stonington Opera House. Musician Anthony Colin Leva uses an upright bass to score the play and create sound effects.

Retelling of Homer’s Iliad raises questions about war, storytellers

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Opera House Arts’ production of “An Iliad” is a triumph for Boston-based actress Marianna Bassham and musician Anthony Colin Leva, whose use of the upright bass to score the play and create sound effects is amazing and effective.
Flow artist Alexis Powers spins a flaming hoop in Portland’s Post Office Park as part of the July First Friday get-together hosted by Luminous Fire and Flow. “"I'm trying to create these visual and fully-immersive images with the music, costume, makeup, lighting, choreography,”" Powers said.

Watch how this Maine artist paints air with light and fire

By Troy R. Bennett on July 15, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
She creates visions in flame and light that appear for fractions of a second.
The acting company at the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville presents Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" through July 24. (Back row) Jonathan Wells, David Blais, Mary Paola and Frank Bachman portray Edward Hyde and (front row) Bernard Hope plays Dr.  Henry Jekyll and Hannah Kulus is Elizabeth Jelkes.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde sends audience home thinking about faces of evil

By Judy Harrison on July 13, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
A fine cast overcomes the shortcomings in Jeffrey Hatcher’s sparse script for the play, being performed at Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville on Mount Desert Island.