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Diverse slate of shows set for new Collins Center season

This fall marks a landmark anniversary for both the University of Maine and the region at large: the 30th anniversary of the grand opening of the Collins Center for the Arts.

Back in 1986, it was known as the Maine Center for the Arts, but regardless of the name, the impact of the performing arts facility on the culture of eastern Maine is hard to understate. In keeping with the CCA’s tradition of offering diverse, exciting programming throughout the academic year, the 2016-2017 season — which officially kicks off on Sept. 17 — is slated to feature everything from Broadway musicals to chamber music to world-class dance, comedy and more.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect from this year’s offerings. For tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com, call 581-1755, or visit the box office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Main Stage Performances:

— The Capitol Steps: “What To Expect When You’re Electing,” musical political comedy, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; also features gala opening party at 5 p.m. including the rededication of the “Flame of Inspiration” sculpture.

— Peppa Pig Live! Children’s performance from the popular TV show, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

— Aquila Theatre’s “Murder on the Nile,” Agatha Christie play, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2

— New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present “The Pirates of Penzance,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

— Maine stand up comedian Bob Marley, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

— Basetrack Live, experimental theater piece about veterans and war, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

— 20th anniversary touring production of the musical “Rent,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

— Ailey II, modern dance troupe, 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

— Mike Daisey’s new one-man show, “Moby Dick,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

— Big Daddy Weave, Christian band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.

— “Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk,” acrobatics show, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

— “A Christmas Carol,” touring show, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

— Windham Hill Winter Solstice Ensemble, new age/world music, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

— Guitar legend Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

— The O’Connor Band, folk ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

— “Once,” touring Broadway musical, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

— Neil Simon’s “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” touring show, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

— “Selected Shorts,” NPR radio broadcast, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

— Caladh Nua, Celtic band, 8 p.m. Friday, March 17.

— Body Traffic, contemporary dance troupe, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 19.

— The Doo Wop Project, musical act, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

— “Annie,” touring musical, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

— “Pippin,” touring musical, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9.

Chamber Music Performances (at Minsky Recital Hall)

— Pianist Christopher O’Riley, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

— Danish String Quartet, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

— Olga Vocal Ensemble, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

— Telegraph String Quartet, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

NT Live and Met Opera Broadcasts

— The Met in HD: “Tristen und Isolde,” noon Sunday, Oct. 16

— The Met in HD: “Don Giovanni,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

— NT Live: “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

— NT Live: “Hamlet,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

— NT Live: “War Horse,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

— The Met in HD: “Nabucco,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

— The Met in HD: “Romeo and Juliet,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

— The Met in HD: “L’amour de Loin,” 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

— The Met in HD: “Ideomeneo,” 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

— The Met in HD: “Eugene Onegen,” 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

— The Met in HD: “La Traviata,” 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

— The Met in HD: “Rusalka,” noon Sunday, May 21.

— The Met in HD: “Der Rosenklavier,” 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10.


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