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Shakespeare Open Mic set for Jesup library on Saturday, Jan. 19

Posted Jan. 15, 2013, at 2:43 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library and the Harborside Shakespeare Company are collaborating to host a Shakespeare Open Mic Night on Saturday, Jan. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. at the library.

This is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or experience, to step up to the microphone and share a snippet of a scene, a soliloquy or sonnet from the works of William Shakespeare or another piece of classic theater.

Harborside Shakespeare members will be on hand to perform, and to cheer on other participants.

“We’re looking forward to what should be a fun program,” said Ruth Eveland, director of the library. “Harborside does a great job making theater accessible, and our patrons always rise to the theatrical occasion.”

In previous Shakespeare Open Mics at the Jesup, attendees shared their own saucy takes on the works of The Bard, and recited poems and soliloquies – sometimes on the move.

Participants can sign up at the door. A selection of Shakespearean texts will be provided. Refreshments also will be provided. There is no fee to attend but donations are always welcome.

Alicia Hynes and Daniel Mahler launched the Harborside Shakespeare Company last year, and it’s going strong, with Shakespeare Open Mics throughout the winter and performances of plays throughout the year. They have adopted “accessibility” as their byword. They want people from a variety of backgrounds to participate on stage and behind the scenes. No experience? No worries.

“We love the idea of making classical theater accessible in Maine,” said Mr. Mahler.

For more information, contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or check out the library on Facebook; or e-mail the Harborside Shakespeare Company at harborsideshakespeare@gmail.com.

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