Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 SPRING DANCE CONCERT
Bates College - Schaeffer Theatre
3/28-3/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 WILLY PORTER
One Longfellow Square
4/4-4/4/2014
Like Greg Brown, John Hammond, Leo Kottke, Stephen Fearing, Richard Shindell, Kelly Joe Phelps, and so many others, Willy Porter is often at his strongest as a solo act. He does work with a band periodically, but given the economics of touring in recent years, he seems to perform more frequently accompanying himself with guitar and mandolin. Porter honed his chops the natural way, busking across Europe and playing every little coffee house and dive bar on both sides of the Mississippi. He's a veteran performer who takes his audiences with him on the journey. He elicits a rare kind of communication between artist and audience, mostly because he's able to read his audiences so well. Porter was raised near Milwaukee, and his first big breaks were playing theater-sized shows there and in Madison. As could be expected from someone from this part of the country, there's an element of blues in Porter's singing and songwriting and in most of his live shows, although he's best thought of as a contemporary singer/songwriter, straight out of the world of folk music. He began playing viola, a notoriously difficult instrument to master, in his youth, but found he lacked the discipline for classical music as a career path. He had a revelation in his teens when he found Leo Kottke's album, "6 & 12 String Guitar." Kottke's playing opened up new vistas for Porter, who began playing guitar after dropping his viola studies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 GROOVE NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
4/4-4/4/2014
Groove National Dance Competition hosts their regional competition which features the best dance studios from the northeast
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Portland Ovations
4/5-4/5/2014
The Handel and Haydn Society returns to the intimate Hannaford Hall for a concert inspired by Felix Mendelssohn's own music library. His extensive collection contained works by composers from Handel to Mozart, whose compositions greatly influenced the composer early in his life. Electrifying concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky leads her fellow string players in a chamber program of baroque and classical works by George Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Mendelssohn. Internationally recognized for its revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer's time, the Handel and Haydn Society is known for its unmatched artistry, and is considered America's oldest continuously performing arts organization.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
Portland Ovations
4/5-4/5/2014
Michael Rosen's award-winning book We're Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and rambunctiously to the stage in director Sally Cookson's fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower's versatile lively score. Join the intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud. A performance filled with catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure - plus a few special surprises!
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 CINDERELLA (ENCHANTED EDITION)
Wells High School
4/2-4/5/2014
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs; From the Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
ASHLAND COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
4/4-4/6/2014
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 THE WEDDING SINGER
PATRICK DOROW PRODUCTIONS INC
4/3-4/6/2014
THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.THE WEDDING SINGER features a large chorus with many featured roles for actors who sing, and dancers who act. This show works perfectly as a high school's featured musical or as the highlight of any regional season.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 PRIVATE LIVES
The Portland Players
3/21-4/6/2014
Private Lives is a 1930 comedy of manners in three acts by Noel Coward. It focuses on a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 SHREK
WATERVILLE OPERA HOUSE
4/4-4/13/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 CINDERELLA
Maine State Ballet Theater
3/28-4/13/2014
The beloved fairy tale of Cinderella comes to life this Spring in Maine State Ballet's lavish production!
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 TRIBES
Portland Stage
3/25-4/13/2014
A dysfunctional family is forced to reconsider their relationship and how they communicate when their son, Billy­- who was born deaf but stayed out of "deaf culture"- meets Sylvia, a young woman from a deaf family. Interweaving keen insight and surprising moments of humor, this Off-Broadway hit explores language, identity, and what it means to fit in with those close to you.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 SHREK THE MUSICAL
Waterville Opera House
4/4-4/13/2014
Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre -- not a handsome prince -- shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing, and colorful costumes, Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 SHREK THE MUSICAL
Waterville Opera House
4/4-4/13/2014
The stage at the Waterville Opera House will be filled with one big green ogre, a donkey, a princess and many fairy tale characters when Shrek the Musical opens on April 4. The show schedule is April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm and April 6, 12 and 13 at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now for $21 for adults and $19 for seniors and youth. Be sure to ask about the family discount package. To reserve your tickets: call 873-7000 Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm or purchase on line at www.operahouse.org. Shrek the Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess Fiona. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and colorful costumes, Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for all ages! Shrek is directed by Debra Susi, musical direction is by Michael Peterson and choreography by Natalya Getman.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 3/30/2014 NO EXIT
The Everyman Repertory Theatre
4/5-4/20/2014
Sartre's existential masterpiece, No Exit. in which three strangers find themselves escorted one by one into a room by a mysterious bellboy, who will not reveal what they are to expect for the rest of eternity. Little by little, the plot thickens as they become more and more aware of themselves, each other, and the reason why the three of them were placed together in hell.
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