Performing Arts


Portland theater group to stage ‘Shear Madness’

on Jan. 07, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Good Theater will present the Maine premiere of “Shear Madness” by Paul Portner at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays,  Jan. 27-March 20, at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. The show is directed by …

South Portland troupe to stage ‘Trevor’

on Jan. 07, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Mad Horse Theatre Company will present “Trevor,” the second production of its 30th anniversary season, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, at the theater, 24 Mosher Road. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can performances. The Sunday, Jan. 24, show will …
Jasmine Ireland (left) will act as Annie Sullivan, instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller, played by Sophia Mullins (right), in an Orono Community Theatre production of "The Miracle Worker."

Local staging of ‘The Miracle Worker’ tells Helen Keller’s childhood story

By Shelby Hartin on Jan. 06, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
The production, which will be performed in January, presented unique challenges for the cast.

‘Hair Frenzy’ by Penobscot Theatre Company

By Magnus Stark on Jan. 05, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor, m For more information: 207-942-3333; Hair Frenzy by Travis G Baker January 28–February 14, 2016 Performance times vary. Please contact the Penobscot Theatre Company Box Office at 207-942-3333. When a really bad …

Post-Show: Time To Dig Out The Coloring Books

on Jan. 04, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
“All good things must come to an and.” I have heard this quote several thousand times in my life. Now, I don’t associate it with a negative connotation. To me, it helps me remind myself to appreciate things in the present, and not worry about what will happen when something …

Growing at Play at the Jesup

By Melinda Rice on Dec. 29, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME For more information: 207-288-4245; BAR HARBOR, Maine — A quest to grow a garden sends a man on a quest to save the planet world, one seedling at a …

Theater group to host stage combat intensive class in Belfast

on Dec. 29, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Belfast DanceStudio, Belfast, Maine BELFAST, Maine — Cold Comfort Theater will host its stage combat intensive class 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, at the Belfast Dance Studio. Stage combat …

Do looks matter in casting calls? It’s all about your ability to persuade

on Dec. 26, 2015, at 8:37 p.m.
“People should be cast in roles based on their talent, not by their appearance.” This is a quote that I heard from a fellow cast member at my most recent performance venue. This person usually never seemed to be one to speak their opinion in such a manner. They usually kept …

‘The Miracle Worker’ at Orono Community Theatre

on Dec. 21, 2015, at 10:35 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, Jan. …
German conductor Kurt Masur addressing a news conference in Berlin in this Dec. 12, 2006, file photo. Masur, aged 88, German former conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra died Dec. 19, 2015.

Musical maestro, former East German dissident Kurt Masur dies

By Michelle Martin, Reuters on Dec. 20, 2015, at 9:15 a.m.
Kurt Masur, the German conductor who revitalized the New York Philharmonic and played a key role in peaceful protests in Leipzig that paved the way for the 1990 reunification of postwar Germany, died Saturday at 88.
Snow blankets the supersized L.L. Bean Boot outside the Freeport retailer's Main Street store.

LL Bean increases year-end charitable giving to $2.1 million

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 15, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | L.L. Bean’s board of directors has approved increasing the company’s year-end charitable giving to $2.1 million to more than 100 organizations. The company said it approved annual gifts to 80 different organizations and small grants to dozens of others in the areas of conservation and recreation, health …
Performance of "Santa's Reindeer Present: 'The Nutcracker'" at Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland. Iris Weidner plays Prancer the Reindeer.

‘Santa’s Reindeer Present: The Nutcracker’ at Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine

on Dec. 11, 2015, at 11:43 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine —  “Santa’s Reindeer Present: ‘The Nutcracker’,” written and directed by Reba Short, will be performed at 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20, and at 4 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. Santa’s …

Local Theater: December Edition

on Dec. 11, 2015, at 9:09 a.m.
Happy December! This time of the year is one of the best chances to catch some incredible holiday performances. There are a few local companies that are showcasing fantastic performances during this holiday season:  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at The Grand Auditorium, Running December 18-20 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Winterport …

Penobscot Theatre Company to hold auditions for ‘Rock of Ages’

on Dec. 09, 2015, at 12:13 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., Bangor, Maine BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Rock of Ages” noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.  The company is looking to cast …
The cast of Penobscot Theatre Company's holiday production, "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," tells the story of George Bailey, played by Tony Larkin (center in the white scarf), and the lesson he learns about life one Christmas Eve.

Penobscot Theatre’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is delightful homage to film, radio

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 09, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
The Bangor Opera House has been transformed into a broadcast studio complete with large microphones, a live band, jingles advertising local businesses, actors playing multiple roles and flashing “applause” signs that tell theatergoers when to put their hands together for Penobscot Theatre Company’s holiday production. Not only is the show …

‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Public Theatre in Lewiston

on Dec. 08, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — “The Christmas Carol” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, followed by a holiday sing-along featuring Christmas carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong, at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St. Tickets $20; $5 for children.   This post …
Ringo Starr performs during the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, April 18, 2015.

Ringo Starr’s drum kit fetches $2.2 million at auction

By Reuters on Dec. 06, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
A drum kit played by Ringo Starr on recordings of some of the Beatles’ early hits has been purchased by the owner of a National Football League team for $2.2 million, according to the U.S. auction house that managed the sale. Starr used the Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum …
Marley comes to Scrooge on Christmas Eve to save him from his fate, in the play "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol." In the cast, from left to right, are Kelly Santiago-Nelson, Dennis Hamrick, Camille Morrison, Dylan Brennan, Sydney McDonald, and Dick Clark.

‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ at Union Street Brick Church

on Dec. 03, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Union Street Brick Church, Corner of Union and Main streets, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-4477 BANGOR, Maine — Jacob Marley was dead to begin …

Auditions for Bangor Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on Dec. 13

on Dec. 02, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Ballet will hold auditions Sunday, Dec. 13, at Thomas School of Dance, 14 State St., for its April 2016 production of “Sleeping Beauty.” There are parts for most levels of experience. Minimum is age 9 with at least one full year of ballet training. Auditions for less experienced …

Winterport Open Stage Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!”

on Nov. 28, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
What do you get when you combine the worst kids in the world with a Sunday School Christmas play? Winterport Open Stage’s holiday production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  Based on the book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of the Herdman children, better known as …