Performing Arts

 
Marianna Bassham retells an ancient tale of war in Opera House Arts' production of "An Iliad" at the Stonington Opera House. Musician Anthony Colin Leva uses an upright bass to score the play and create sound effects.

Retelling of Homer’s Iliad raises questions about war, storytellers

By Judy Harrison on July 20, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Opera House Arts’ production of “An Iliad” is a triumph for Boston-based actress Marianna Bassham and musician Anthony Colin Leva, whose use of the upright bass to score the play and create sound effects is amazing and effective.
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Flow artist Alexis Powers spins a flaming hoop in Portland’s Post Office Park as part of the July First Friday get-together hosted by Luminous Fire and Flow. “"I'm trying to create these visual and fully-immersive images with the music, costume, makeup, lighting, choreography,”" Powers said.

Watch how this Maine artist paints air with light and fire

By Troy R. Bennett on July 15, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
She creates visions in flame and light that appear for fractions of a second.
THEATER REVIEW
The acting company at the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville presents Jeffrey Hatcher's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" through July 24. (Back row) Jonathan Wells, David Blais, Mary Paola and Frank Bachman portray Edward Hyde and (front row) Bernard Hope plays Dr.  Henry Jekyll and Hannah Kulus is Elizabeth Jelkes.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde sends audience home thinking about faces of evil

By Judy Harrison on July 13, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
A fine cast overcomes the shortcomings in Jeffrey Hatcher’s sparse script for the play, being performed at Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville on Mount Desert Island.
THE THEATER AND ARTS OF MAINE

The Hampden Area Theatre Troupe Proudly Presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!”

on July 08, 2016, at 8:14 p.m.
What do you get when you combine two children, an inventor, a couple spies, candy makers, fun-fair attendees, and a flying car? The Hampden Area Theatre Troupe’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a stage musical based on the 1968 film of the same name, tells …
Christopher Holt as Cyrano de Bergerac attempts to woo Roxanne, portrayed by Marjolaine Whittlesey, despite his unusually large nose, which he believes makes him ugly, in Theater at Monmouth's production of "Cyrano."

Monmouth’s ‘Cyrano’ leaves audience yearning for more schnoz

By Judy Harrison on July 06, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Monmouth’s production is delightfully acted and lovingly produced, but in the end it feels like Cyrano light. It’s a tasty appetizer that leaves the audience longing for a full meal seared by the Frenchman’s poetry and repartee.
Elizabeth Anne Rimar as Orlando (left) talks about life as a woman as Per Janson (second from left to right), Bari Robinson, Jason Martin and Jade Guerra listen in Opera House Arts' production of "Orlando" recently at the Burnt Cove Community Church in Stonington.

Opera House Arts’ ‘Orlando’ dynamically explores gender identity

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Meg Taintor, producing artistic director of Opera House Arts in Stonington, chose the play long before the word Orlando bore the weight of 49 killed and 53 wounded in a hateful and heinous act.
Nina Robinson-Poole as Sister James (left) and Veronica Young as Sister Aloysius Beauvier (right) question Patrick Harris as Father Flynn about his relationship with an altar boy in New Surry Theatre's production of "Doubt: A Parable."

New Surry Theatre’s production of ‘Doubt’ a tapestry of questions

By Judy Harrison on June 23, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
New Surry Theatre’s production beautifully captures every nuance the playwright intended.
Tracey Marceron stands in the new rehearsal space, across the street from her theater space, the Next Generation Theatre, on Center Street in Brewer.

Brewer theater and arts school expands, teaches the ‘next generation’ of artists

By Emily Burnham on June 14, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
For Tracey Marceron, it’s not about the money. If it was, she wouldn’t be in the business of running a small theater and art school for area youth. “To me, all of it is worth it when a parent comes to me and says ‘My child has blossomed in every …
"Rock of Ages" is the final Penobscot Theatre Company show of the 2015-16 season.

Fine cast turns ‘Rock of Ages’ into rollicking party fueled by 1980s music

By Judy Harrison on June 13, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
Ira Kramer and Christie Robinson portray star-crossed lovers Drew and Sherrie, who come to the Sunset Strip chasing their dreams.
Cirque du Soleil's Vladimir Hrynchenko performs hand balancing during opening night of OVO on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cirque du Soleil opens ‘OVO’ show in Bangor

on June 02, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil returned to the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday, June 2, with its show OVO. OVO tells the story of a mysterious egg that appears in the midst of an insect colony. The colony is amazed by the object. A fly arrives and is a bit of an …
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A Cirque du Soleil performer rehearses Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cirque du Soleil to return to Bangor for new production, OVO

By Shelby Hartin on June 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
“It’s an absolute must see for people who have never seen it. And for those who have seen it before, this show is a completely new creation.”
Director and choreographer Michele Colvin teaches new choreography to the ensemble for Penobscot Theatre's upcoming production of "Rock of Ages," which will stage June 9 through July 2.

‘Rock of Ages’ cast members talk upcoming production, personal careers

By Shelby Hartin on June 01, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
“It’s all about dreams and realizing that dreams are reality,” Alekzander Sayers said
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Keith Robinson (right) watches one of his ballet classes work through a routine at Robinson Ballet in Bangor on Monday afternoon.

Longtime Robinson Ballet artistic directors step down

By Shelby Hartin on May 25, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
After a finale of the children’s matinee “Aladdin,” Brewer residents Keith and Maureen Robinson stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of the company.

Artistic directors talk about longtime leadership of Robinson Ballet

By Micky Bedell on May 25, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
After a finale of the children’s matinee “Aladdin” held Sunday at the Brewer Performing Arts Center, Brewer residents Keith and Maureen Robinson stepped down from their positions as co-artistic directors of the company.  

Bangor Ballet to close season with ‘Hooked on Classics: Back to Bach and Off to Offenbach’

on May 20, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
Bangor Ballet completes its 2016-2017 season June 4 and 5 with an exciting program showcasing the work of five Maine-based choreographers. “Hooked on Classics: Back to Bach and Off to Offenbach” will be offered 7 p.m Saturday, June 4, at Gracie Theatre at Husson University; and at 7 p.m. Sunday, …
Actors of "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" go over a scene during a dress rehearsal at the Penobscot Theatre Company at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor, April 22, 2016.

What to watch for in Maine’s upcoming theater season

By Shelby Hartin on May 18, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
From comedies to love stories to a tale that will hit close to home for those with ties to the paper industry, there will be much to see on Maine stages next season.
Young players in the Watts Hall production of The Music Man, to be presented on 2,3, 8 and 9 July in Thomaston, rehearse their marching scene.

‘The Music Man’ July performances in Thomaston

on May 06, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, July 3, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, July 8, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, July 9, 2016 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Watts Hall, Main Street, Thomaston, Maine THOMASTON, Maine — The theme of this year’s Independence Day celebration …

48th annual dance production ‘Dance USA’ at Bangor High School

on May 06, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Morita’s School of Dance will hold its 48th annual dance production Dance USA at 12:30 p.m. for Bucksport, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo studios and 4:30 p.m. for Hermon studio, Saturday, May 21, at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium. Dancers from 3 years through adults will be performing routines in tap, ballet, …
Duwell, played by Doug Meswarb (second from right) shows reporter Sandy, played by Andrew Crowe (left), his brother Duane, portrayed by Arthur Morison (second from left), and photographer Lenny, played by Brian Michael, what the creature he felled looked like in "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" at the Bangor Opera House.

Comedic performances, tech wizardry lift PTC show above maudlin script

By Judy Harrison on May 04, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Jonathan Spencer’s set is magnificent and fills nearly every inch of the Bangor Opera House stage.

‘Hamilton’ builds on its dominance with record-setting 16 Tony nominations

By Peter Marks, Washington Post on May 03, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
Winner-take-all may be a term more commonly associated with primary elections. But if the Tony Award nominations announced on Tuesday in New York are any indication, that phrase could very well apply on the night of the awards ceremony in June to the musical that has dominated this Broadway season …