Theater, children’s music this week

Posted April 07, 2010, at 5:56 p.m.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Imagine you’re a strong, intelligent woman with a very difficult decision to make. You can stay in your posh home with your family, or you can venture out into uncharted territory with your boyfriend. That’s the gist of Sarah Ruhl’s updated, re-imagined version of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, a Greek myth first written down by Ovid 2,000 years ago. In Ruhl’s vision, Eurydice is the main character and must choose between staying in Hades with her father, a new character in her play, or going back to Earth with Orpheus. The play, which opened April 7, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 8, 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. April 11, at Hauck Auditorium on the University of Maine campus. Directed by senior UM theater major Anthony Arnista and starring a cast of UM actors, the play is a new classic for college-level theatrical companies and allows set designers (in this case, Tricia Hobbs) to get creative in their staging. Tickets are $10 for the general public; more information on the production can be found at

Flannery Brothers

What does it take to make you dance? In the case of beloved Bangor children’s music duo the Flannery Brothers, it doesn’t take much — their music is so inherently catchy, it’s impossible to resist. Mike and Dan Flannery and honorary Flan Bro, drummer Jonathan Merrifield, will play music from their new EP, “Wake Up Songs!” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at The Grand in Ellsworth. Tickets are $5 for this 100 percent family friendly musical event, which is bound to leave parents and kids tuckered out from dancing. For more information, visit or