The Rotary Club of Bangor will present its 10th annual Music Off Broadway production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. The theme of the show is “Blast from the Past: 10 Years of Music Off Broadway.” It will feature talent from local performers who in real life work in professions as diverse as math teacher, large engine mechanic for an auto dealership and orthodontist, said Bob Potts, a public relations specialist at Emera Maine, who has been involved with four of the 10 Music Off Broadway shows.
With Roger George producing and Heather Astbury-Libby directing, a cast of more than 30 talented community members will offer songs from each of the past nine Music Off Broadway shows, in honor of the show’s 10th year.
Cast members for Music Off Broadway are Lee Anne Boutaugh, Elena Burns, Katrina Dresser,
Roland Dube, Nancy Dymond, Steve Gormley, Sue Gormley, John Grover, Ira Kramer, Ben Layman, Grace Livingston-Kramer, Matt Madore, Nancy Marks, Tyke McKay, Darlene Mogul, Susan Patten, Kat Perkins, Rebeckah Perry, Bob Potts, Nathan Roach, Birdie Sawyer, Kurt Schaller, Chuck Somers, Dominick Varney, Mike Weinstein, Penny Weinstein, Sabrina Wirey
and Heather Wood.
Band members are Phil Burns, music director; Allison Bankston, keyboards; Carl Ferm, saxophone; Thomas Libby, drums; Brian Nadeau, trumpet; Gaylen Smith, bass; Lee Souweine, guitar; and Jim Winter, trombone.
“We beefed the band up a little bit this year. We want to put on the best show we can for the community,” Potts said. “We are bringing back some of the fifties and sixties, and seventies music, which will feature big hair and moves from ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ Tenor John Grover, director of enterprise computing and application services for the the University of Maine System, will sing and we have some new acts and performers, including Ira Kramer, a classical guitar player at UMaine. The show will be a really nice blend of familiar faces and some new, fresh energy. I think people will be pleased.”
Since 2006, Bangor Rotary Club has raised approximately $150,000 for area nonprofits through Music Off Broadway productions, organizers said.
The fundraising goal for the show is $30,000, which was the amount raised at last year’s show, Potts said.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor, Penquis Child Development, Sarah’s House, University of Maine Center on Aging-Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan. In addition, the event helps fund various charities supported by Bangor Rotary, including Bangor East and West Little League, United Way of Eastern Maine and Rotary scholarships.
“Music Off Broadway is by far our most visible and successful fundraising effort,” said, J. Bradford Coffey, president of the Rotary Club of Bangor. “So many nonprofit organizations are struggling these days; the need is real and it is significant. Our club is thrilled to be able to support these worthy causes in such a fun, lively and entertaining way.”
General admission tickets are $20, $15 youth and available from Rotary Club members, Rebecca’s Gift Shop and BookMarc’s in downtown Bangor, Patrick’s Hallmark at Broadway Shopping Center, and Huckleberries Card and Gift at the Brewer Shopping Center. Tickets will be available at the door on performance dates. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Bangor meets at noon Tuesdays at Wellman Commons, 300 Union St. in Bangor. For information, visit bangorrotary.org.