Performing Arts

Jason Cohen makes a face at Danielle Erin Rhodes practicing for their Penobscot Theatre Company show "Murder For Two."

Good cast, technical work can’t overcome trifle that is ‘Murder for Two’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The one-act musical comedy with two actors is 90 or so minutes of silly, forgettable fun.
The cast performs during a rehearsal of Orono High School's production of "Rent" recently in Orono.

Tackling big topics through theater, Orono High uses ‘Rent’ as teaching tool

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 26, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
“We wanted to do something weighty. We wanted to talk about issues that are going on all around us.”
Bryan Lescord (right) as Nick tries to separate Cindy Robbins (left) as Martha and Tim Pugliese as George in New Surry Theatre's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Risk of staging ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ pays off for New Surry Theatre

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.
New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill has mounted a masterful production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Murder for Two

By Micky Bedell on Oct. 19, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Stephen Quint has played "patter roles" for the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Company for the past 30 years.

Pittsfield native is the very model of a modern Gilbert and Sullivan singer

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 17, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Stephen Quint has a very specific set of skills — skills that very few people in this country possess, especially on a professional level. He sings Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs for a living.


on Oct. 16, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
The Capitol Steps

Next to Normal – The feel Everything musical

By lainey lee on Oct. 10, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
Bangor Symphony Orchestra conductor Lucas Richman plays a selection from George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" at his home in Bangor on Wednesday.

BSO conductor rhapsodizes on all-American season-opening concert

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 05, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
George Gershwin’s 1924 composition “Rhapsody in Blue” is one of the most iconic pieces of American music.

Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92

By Tim Page, Washington Post on Oct. 02, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.
Robinson Ballet's new artistic director Stevie McGary after the performance of "Reflections" on Saturday evening at Husson University's Gracie Theatre.

New Robinson Ballet director’s dance career began with Elvis

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
“I want to get the community interested in dance. I think people see things like more modern dance pieces and don’t know what to think. I want to make sure that we can help them understand what they’re seeing,” Stevie Dunham McGary said. “Smaller shows in smaller venues. More intimate things. We want to educate as well as entertain.”

MECA’s 2016 BFA visiting artist lecture series

By lswackhamer on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Vivian Bearing, an academic superstar, enters the overwhelming world of a cancer research hospital. Her classroom has not prepared her for the lessons she must learn to endure her illness and its treatment. Kelly Santiago-Nelson plays Vivian with Kim Slininger and Dennis Hamrick at the Union Street Brick Church, Bangor on Sept. 23 and 24 at 7pm and Sept. 25 at 3:30pm. There is no admission charge and refreshments are served. 945-9798,

Play ‘Wit’ on Stage Four cancer to be on stage at Brick Church

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
Julie Arnold Lisnet as Annie (left) and Sharon Zolper as Chris admire the sunflowers that blossom at the end of "Calendar Girls" at the Bangor Opera House.

Tight ensemble in ‘Calendar Girls’ hits all the right emotional, naked notes

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
A tale of women’s friendships, their ability to love and support one another and how they help each other take risks by taking it all off.

Win tickets to see Peppa Pig Live at the Collins Center!

By Sarah Cottrell on Sept. 13, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
We are giving away TWO sets of four tickets to two lucky families for a night of theatrical fun! If you are looking to purchase tickets then check out this site here.

Two Old Cops and An Angel event featuring three Maine authors

By Linda Gundel on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:35 a.m.
Paul Bunyan statue stands near the entrance of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Cross Insurance Center announces Broadway series

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor has announced its 2016-2017 First National Bank Presents Broadway’s Best in Bangor series, which will feature five shows beginning in December.

Diverse slate of shows set for new Collins Center season

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 07, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
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.
Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "Calendar Girls," set for Sept. 8- 25.

Baring their souls — and more — on stage for Penobscot Theatre’s season opener

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 07, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
As actresses, the women cast in Penobscot Theatre Company’s season-opening show, “Calendar Girls,” are not afraid of putting themselves out there.

‘The Grand Tour — A Celebration of Music of George Jones’ be Penobscot Theatre

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Survivors played by Meredith Gosselin (from left), Matt Hurley, Melody Bates and Jason Martin recall an episode of "The Simpsons" in Opera House Arts' production of "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play."

Opera House Arts premieres eye-popping ‘Mr. Burns’

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 31, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Directors Sarah Gazdowicz and Meg Taintor, the organization’s producing artistic director, create a strong ensemble that allows every actor a moment in the spotlight.