Performing Arts

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.

The Hampden Area Theatre Troupe Proudly Presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!”

on July 08, 2016, at 8:14 p.m.
Christopher Holt as Cyrano de Bergerac attempts to woo Roxanne, portrayed by Marjolaine Whittlesey, despite his unusually large nose, which he believes makes him ugly, in Theater at Monmouth's production of "Cyrano."

Monmouth’s ‘Cyrano’ leaves audience yearning for more schnoz

By Judy Harrison on July 06, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Monmouth’s production is delightfully acted and lovingly produced, but in the end it feels like Cyrano light. It’s a tasty appetizer that leaves the audience longing for a full meal seared by the Frenchman’s poetry and repartee.
Elizabeth Anne Rimar as Orlando (left) talks about life as a woman as Per Janson (second from left to right), Bari Robinson, Jason Martin and Jade Guerra listen in Opera House Arts' production of "Orlando" recently at the Burnt Cove Community Church in Stonington.

Opera House Arts’ ‘Orlando’ dynamically explores gender identity

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Meg Taintor, producing artistic director of Opera House Arts in Stonington, chose the play long before the word Orlando bore the weight of 49 killed and 53 wounded in a hateful and heinous act.
Nina Robinson-Poole as Sister James (left) and Veronica Young as Sister Aloysius Beauvier (right) question Patrick Harris as Father Flynn about his relationship with an altar boy in New Surry Theatre's production of "Doubt: A Parable."

New Surry Theatre’s production of ‘Doubt’ a tapestry of questions

By Judy Harrison on June 23, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
New Surry Theatre’s production beautifully captures every nuance the playwright intended.
Tracey Marceron stands in the new rehearsal space, across the street from her theater space, the Next Generation Theatre, on Center Street in Brewer.

Brewer theater and arts school expands, teaches the ‘next generation’ of artists

By Emily Burnham on June 14, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
"Rock of Ages" is the final Penobscot Theatre Company show of the 2015-16 season.

Fine cast turns ‘Rock of Ages’ into rollicking party fueled by 1980s music

By Judy Harrison on June 13, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Ira Kramer and Christie Robinson portray star-crossed lovers Drew and Sherrie, who come to the Sunset Strip chasing their dreams.
Cirque du Soleil's Vladimir Hrynchenko performs hand balancing during opening night of OVO on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cirque du Soleil opens ‘OVO’ show in Bangor

on June 02, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
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
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.