Performing Arts


‘Jurassic World’ tops $100M for second weekend

By Reuters on June 21, 2015, at 4:05 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — These are the weekends that record-breaking summers are made of. The North American box office sizzled as Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Universal’s “Jurassic World” duked it out at the multiplexes. After shattering records for domestic and international debuts, “Jurassic World” became only the second film …

Bangor grad’s play takes stage at Penobscot Theatre Company

By Natalie Feulner on June 12, 2015, at 7:09 a.m.
When a friend of Bangor resident Abby McCarthy told her she was gay but still was nervous about telling others, the 18-year-old’s brain started turning. She said she was surprised that even in a fairly progressive place such as Maine her friend didn’t feel comfortable. That inspired her to write, …
"Frances Perkins"

Free live performance of ‘Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins’

Bangor Daily News on June 08, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Frances Perkins Center is hosting a free live performance of “Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. The show is a one hour, one-woman play written by Ann Marie Shea, Professor Emerita of Worcester State College, highlighting Frances Perkins’ …
 Zach Williams (left), 15, dances with Velstara Vardamis, 14, while showing a part of their routine on Tuesday at the Bangor Ballet at the Thomas School of Dance in Bangor.

Maine dancers selected for summer study at prestigious programs

By Natalie Feulner on June 05, 2015, at 5:46 a.m.
BANGOR | With flawless posture and unspoken grace, young dancers Zach Williams and Velstara Vardamis glide across the floor. Glancing occasionally in the mirror, they dance otherwise in perfect unison, he lifting her high above his head before they flit away from each other. Williams and Vardamis are just …
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan on May 4.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, told she was ‘too old’ to play 55-year-old’s lover

By Reuters on May 23, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Film and TV actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is making headlines for a story as old as showbiz that has gained new resonance with the recent focus on sexism in Hollywood. “The Honorable Woman” star told The Wrap, “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress …
Opera House Arts presents a student-directed production of Stephen Karam’s and PJ Papaerlli’s "columbinus" as the newest segment in the “Our Own” community play reading series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28. The play will be directed by Deer Isle-Stonington High School junior Nicole Nolan and feature visiting artist, Per Janson.

Stonington High School student directed play to examine Columbine

By Charlotte Roe, BDN Staff on May 21, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
Over the span of 15 years the Stonington Opera House has been the host of community staged and conducted productions. The most recent is “ columbinus,” an award-winning documentary-style play written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli in 2005. The play centers around the Columbine High School massacre of 1999 …
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Lucas Richman, finishes “"Fantasia on a Theme" by Thomas Tallis” at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono in this March 3, 2013, file photo.

Maine symphonies balance old, new for upcoming season

By Natalie Feulner on May 15, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
More than a year in advance, symphonies around Maine begin looking ahead. They talk themes, soloists and balancing traditional music with up-and-coming artists or composers. This summer, they’ll start practicing; in the fall, patrons will hear everything from classics such as “The Nutcracker” to a Maine premiere of Bangor Symphony …
Jason Bannister, the producing artistic director of the Midcoast Actors' Studio, will stage a play in the old Belfast church that he has temporarily renamed The Court Street Theater

New life for an old Belfast church as theater group stages English drama in it

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
Jason Bannister unlocked the door of the former Universalist Church that dates back to 1839 and walked upstairs into a dimly lit, chilly sanctuary that used to be where people gathered to worship. This week, people will gather there for a different reason — to watch local …

“Our Own” Staged Playreading Series: columbinus

By Jennifer Morrow on May 12, 2015, at 5:09 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Thursday, May 28, 2015 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Stonington Opera House, 1 School Street, Stonington, Maine For more information: 207-367-2788; Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to present its annual student directed, acted, and staged playreading, Stephen Karam’s and …

Lamoine Community Arts to present Readers’ Theater

By Anne Stocking on May 11, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Saturday, May 16, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Lamoine-Bayside Grange, Rt. 184, Lamoine, Maine For more information: 207 667-1574 Lamoine Community Arts will present its eighth annual Readers’ Theater spring production on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. The …
"August: Osage County" is being staged by the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor. Shown: Brad LaBree, Kae Cooney, Brendan Powers, Allen Adams, A.J. Mooney, Danielle Kennedy, Julie Lisnet, Amy Roeder, Arthur Morison and Hannah Box.

‘August: Osage County’ triumphantly entertains, illuminates human condition at Opera House

By Judy Harrison on May 07, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
At long last, Bari Newport, producing artistic director for the Penobscot Theatre Company, has brought to the Bangor Opera House a play that not only entertains but illuminates the human condition — warts and all. Newport’s production of “August: Osage County” is a technical triumph and a shining example of …
Andrew Barrett

Hampden student to take part in ‘Camelot’ production

on May 06, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Andrew Barrett, a local seventh-grade student at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden,  has been cast as Tom of Warwick in the upcoming appearance of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot” taking place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Cross Insurance Center. Andrew has enjoyed the theater since being chosen …
Little Red.

Portland School of Ballet Performs Red Riding Hood & the Big “Bad” Wolf

By Nate Eldridge on May 05, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Biddeford Performing Arts Center Biddeford Middle School, 25 Tiger Way, Biddeford, ME For more information: 207-772-9671; Portland School of Ballet will perform Red Riding Hood & The Big “Bad” Wolf, Saturday, May 9, at 11am in Biddeford Performing Arts …
Bangor Ballet's Zach Williams and Velstara Vardamis

Bangor Ballet dancers to attend prestigious summer programs

on April 28, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Ballet company members have auditioned for and been accepted to a variety of national summer dance intensive programs. Soloists Velstara Vardamis from Bangor and Zach Williams from Old Town received tuition scholarships at Ballet Chicago and will attend the two-week advanced performance program as well as their …
This three-story house is the set of the upcoming Penobscot Theatre Company play "August: Osage County." It is the biggest stationary set the group has had in its 41 years.

Family secrets, humor at the center of new Penobscot Theatre play

By Natalie Feulner on April 24, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
A missing father, a pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring secrets. It’s “August: Osage County.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Tracy Letts follows the Weston sisters and their mother after the four unexpectedly reunite when “dad” disappears. Opening night for what Penobscot Theatre Company director Bari Newport calls “an …
Penobscot Theatre Co. announced its 2015-2016 lineup to be performed at Bangor Opera House.

Great music, bad hair to take stage this fall at Bangor Opera House

By Natalie Feulner on April 22, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.
The next theater season from the Penobscot Theatre Co. at the Bangor Opera House promises bad hair, great music, a holiday classic and the intrigue of a seventh mystery show. PTC announced its 2015-2016 season earlier this week. While the season doesn’t kick off until Sept. 10, season tickets soon …
At top, from left, Christine O’Connell (Phoebe), Belamy Brophy-Baermann (Silvius), Ben Church (Orlando), and Philip Ryng (Jaques). Bottom row, from left, Devin Vietri (Celia), director Alan Hawkridge, and Alexandra Walsh (Rosalind).

Catherine Poirier of Winterport in URI Theatre’s ‘As You Like It’

By Julie Harris on April 20, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
KINGSTON, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department is proud to present “As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare. Catherine Poirier of Winterport, Maine, will play LeBeau. Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy was first published in 1623 and remains a favorite among modern audiences, having been adapted for radio, film and …

Let’s do the time warp again — ‘Rocky Horror’ sequel hits London stage after 30 years

By Reuters on April 20, 2015, at 1:17 p.m.
LONDON — A sequel to musical comedy classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has hit the London stage some 30 years after it was first penned. “Shock Treatment” was written by “Rocky Horror” creator Richard O’Brien and made into a film in 1981 but it did not have the success …
Maine author Monica Wood has written her first play, "Papermaker," about a strike at a Maine paper mill. It premieres April 21 at Portland Stage Company.

Maine mill town drama ‘Papermaker’ portrays decline of the middle class

By Kathleen Pierce on April 16, 2015, at 2:11 p.m.
PORTLAND | A family drama steeped in Maine history unfolds at Portland Stage this month. Though not an autobiography, “Papermaker” by Monica Wood derives from the writer’s credo: write what you know. “I’ve been thinking of my parents a lot lately, so it’s possible I did write this for …

Unity College Drama Club presents: The Importance of Being Earnest

By Geordi Hall on April 15, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
The Unity College Drama Club is proud to present… The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde A Trivial Comedy for Serious People a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions …
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