The new and upcoming theater group, Midcoast Actor’s Studio (MCAS), after a successful run of Hedda Gabler last fall, is putting its final touches on their sophomore production. Written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg in 1880, Miss Julie is a naturalistic play that deals with class, love, the battle of the sexes, and the power struggles that arise among them.
The cast includes Jason Bannister, Jen Oldham, and stars Marie Merrifield as the title character. All three actors studied theatrical arts in Maine, and have starred in numerous productions with other local companies, such as Camden Civic Theater and Belfast Maskers. Merrifield played the title role in MCAS’s rendition of Hedda Gabler last spring. For a change of pace, Bannister is not only acting in the performance, but also directing. He prides himself in being able to find shows that would not always be the first choice for other stages, but are perfect for MCAS due to their small company of actors.
“For our second production, I wanted to produce another classic work of theater; yet one that was smaller, more intimate, and easier to tour around the midcoast with,” says Bannister. “This fresh, new adaptation of Strindberg’s powerful play, about the count’s daughter having an affair with her father’s servant, was just the thing MCAS was looking for.”
For MCAS’s rendition of Miss Julie, Banister chose a modernistic adaptation by Penny Penniston, a playwrighting professor at Northwestern University. This production will be the New England premiere of Penniston’s adaptation.
The ambitious efforts of the newly fledged acting troupe will not stop after Miss Julie. Bannister says that the Midcoast Actor’s Studio is already preparing to perform George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion. Many people might be more familiar with the play’s popular musical adaptation, My Fair Lady. Pygmalion is scheduled for June 2013 in Belfast.
Miss Julie will be traveling to three different venues throughout the midcoast. Performances will be December 7-8 at 8:00pm and December 9 at 3:00pm at St. Thomas Church in Camden, December 14-15 at 8:00pm and December 16 at 3:00pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, and December 21-22 at 8:00pm at the St. George Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor.
Tickets will be sold at the door one hour before show time. Admission is $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. Group rates on tickets are available as well. This play is suitable for mature high school age and older. For more information on Midcoast Actor’s Studio and their production of Miss Julie, please visit www.midcoastactors.org or like them on Facebook.