May 27, 2020
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State music theater in Brunswick cancels season

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick has canceled he 2020-2021 performance season because of the coronavirus.

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Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick has canceled its performance season because of the coronavirus.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the theater has presented musicals at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus since 1959 and has never canceled more than an occasional single performance because of a power outage.

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“This is a big first,” said Carol Marquis, director of communications and marketing for the theater.

Curt Dale Clark, the theater’s artistic director, said Maine State was on track to sell more tickets this year than any other season, and could face dire financial consequences.

“Bottom line, we’re looking at a $3.5 million loss,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Clark is asking subscribers to convert their tickets into tax-deductible donations to the newly established MSMT Lifeline Fund, established to sustain the theater through the pandemic, the Press Herald reports.

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