There is nothing that beats getting out and experiencing live theater, that hour or so to transform you away from the cares and stresses of the world. Alas, there are many beautiful stories this time of year: A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Nutcracker, what would the season be without trying to fit in at least one classic? In searching for something to do with friends for a girls night out and with the family, on a different night of course, I came across The Art of Maine’s newest hot spot to watch.
190 US Route 1 Falmouth, Maine
December 5 – 22
The Gift of the Magi
In a world of giving iTunes, tablets and gift cards, here is a wonderful Christmas story written by O Henry; a timeless classic that still has meaning today. Directed by Michael J Tobin, The Footlight’s Gift of the Magi is one thing to put on the don’t miss list!
But….let me tell you the real deal ……..
Thursdays - Pay-What-You-Can-Night
So FMI about their entire season:
Readers – I welcome you back to The Art of Maine after a bit of an artistic hiatus. As always there is much happening in both the Visual and Performing Arts from Portsmouth to Portland and just a bit beyond and I am excited to be back in the trenches looking for them. – Remember, some of our best finds come from you, so if you find a gem to share on the visual and performing arts scene, please let us know!
Onward! – The Holiday Season is officially upon us and when thinking about managing the stress of shopping and commitments to friends and family, remember to take time out for you! There are many options of things to do and see, but how do we stay within our budgets? One idea - Check the local paper for church and school performances, they often provide a night of inexpensive entertainment with some fine local talent. Another – Art galleries are a great place to meander through a visually pleasing space, escaping the outside noises of the season, and you may do a bit of shopping too!
Finally – I want to share the BIGGEST find I have come across so far!
The Hive in Kennebunk Maine is offering NO COVER until December 15th! – Check out the website for some great FREE music featured over the next couple of weeks - Jazz, Bluegrass and the Drumbalaya Drum Circle – I am putting them all on my calendar – I hope to see you there too!
Outdoor theater is a great way to experience a live performance. We often find ourselves traveling during these months repeatedly to favored locations, settling into comforting vacation routines. Vacationers. . . . . .I ask you this . . . . . . . what is around that you haven’t tried? Maybe some Shakespeare at the Park? A bit of historical storytelling?
On a recent trip to Cincinnati I found Tecumseh, an outdoor historical drama about the Shawnee leader and the battle for sacred land in Ohio between the natives and the whites.
What about theater in a barn? Yes…..Truly a converted barn. Locals and Vacationers to Southern Maine have the great opportunity to experience
The Sound of Music
The Hackmatack is truly one of those summertime theaters with award winning productions at VERY AFFORDABLE PRICES!
We sent Joe Mauro to the opening night, so head over to the “Critic’s Circle” and read what he has to say.
The Sound of Music- til July27
Thurs-Sat evenings at 8PM, matinees on July 11, 18, 25, at 2 PM
Adults, Seniors, Senior Thursdays- $20-$25
Students (under 20) – $10
Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 School St., Rt 9, Berwick 03901 (East of town center)
In the academic world under the discipline of The Humanities, history is one of the subjects that is taught alongside music, art, literature and philosophy. Yet, when I am out-and-about promoting the Arts and Humanities people think of concerts and plays. Yes, that’s true I explain, but there is more to it than that. What about where we came from, the stories that have shaped and formed who we are today as a culture, as a world?
Looking for things to enrich our lives should not stop at Shakespeare and the opera. Think about looking for those rare, but sometimes found living history events. I stumbled upon one for you to check out - so mark your calendars - it promises to be a great afternoon, a place where history and the performing arts comes together as one.
Saturday July 27th @ 2pm
Seacoast African American Cultural Center
Living History Presentation:
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?”
The amazing storyteller Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti becomes
George Washington’s runaway slave who escaped and made it to freedom in New Hampshire.
Before MaineStage Shakespeare hits the ground running Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Layfayette Park in Kennebunk,
Wednesdays at The Colony in Kennebunkport
Tuesdays at the Kennebunkport Village Green
Special One Night Appearance!
MaineStage Shakespeare will be at The Hive on Main Street in Kennebunk Tuesday July 2nd from 6-8pm
Join them for a one night only special appearance (I was told it is top secret, so I am in for a treat too). Come meet the company, both old and new members and welcome this world class Shakespeare Company back into the community for their third season!
The newest art gallery on Maine Street in Kennebunk currently exhibiting a show called “Index” – I heard from a good source that in a weeks time they moved alot of art out the door, to me, that shows the quality for work being selected for the gallery.
For me, a passionate advocate for the Arts and Humanities – here’s the greatest feature about The Hive, it doubles as a performance space – what an innovative way to wrap the Visual and Performing Arts into one neat package? For the skeptics – let’s look at it this way, over the years traditional farmers have had to come up with more ways to stay in business right? Once, I ordered water for my pool from a farm in Acton, “a way to stay afloat” he said. Good Art, Good Performance and local eats under one roof? – Outstanding – a definite place to check out!
Wow how time passes quickly as the end of the school year approaches! In the blink of an eye April became July – how did that happen I ask you?
Followers have recently written in asking about summertime places to go for theater on a tight budget and experiences to embrace at galleries, concerts and parks. I am glad to know people are still asking because the arts, both performance and visual, are so very important to the spirit of humanity. It was the constant asking of “where can we go to…. how did you find out about that …… I never heard of…..” that birth this blog – so thank you for your kind emails and leads on new places to check out and share with others.
Now – back to business -
Summer theater has arrived and there are many places to experience flawless performance without hurting your budget. – This week, let’s start with Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. This is one place I write about every year because they put on an unbelievable production. Executive Director Ben Anderson does a superior job putting together a summer calendar for all ages and tastes to enjoy. The season’s calendar is up and I encourage you to check it out but here is what I want to highlight this week -
a timeless stage classic at Prescott Park’s outdoor theater.
Here are two things I’d like to share:
1) When you arrive there will be gate keepers collecting a suggested $5.00 donation for the performance. Please, please for goodness sake, if it is a tough week do not hesitate to attend because the mission of the program is not to turn anyone away, they will gladly take whatever you may have to offer that week.
2) Get there EARLY EARLY EARLY – we tend to arrive a few hours ahead of the scheduled performance and enjoy a picnic dinner. There is also a great organic Taco place “Dos Amigos Burritos” only a block away.
Although I haven’t seen the performance yet – I am letting the cat out of the bag now because “Annie” is a must for your summertime calendar and Prescott Park is a World Class Outdoor Theater!
For details and schedule:
Remember – come back and share your experiences with others!
Maine Women in the Arts is hosting a three-day show of fine art at the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center in Kennebunk. The group’s annual awards show can be viewed on Friday, May 3, from 10 AM to 7 PM; Saturday, May 4, from 10 AM to 5 PM (during Kennebunk’s May Day Festival); and Sunday, May 5, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
MWA members will be present to talk about their work during the opening reception on Friday, May 3, from 5 to 7 PM. The show’s theme is “What Were You Thinking?” Refreshments will be served. There will also be an indoor clothesline show of unframed art priced under $100.
MWA Chairperson Pam Edwards says, “This year each piece of art will accompanied by a few words about what has motivated the artist. Viewers often wonder what was going on in the artist’s mind – what they were thinking – and we felt it would be fun explore that aspect.”
Maine Women in the Arts, a non-profit group whose goal is to promote the arts, includes both men and women in its membership, meets monthly in Kennebunkport, and often has a speaker or short workshop planned.
The Brick Store Museum program center is located at 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, directly behind the museum’s Main Street galleries. FMI: http://www.mainewomenarts.com or Pam at 646-8915.