BWW Interviews: Theatre Takes a Village
(7/3/2015) - Maine State Music Theatre held it third panel discussion devoted to its production of Sister Act on July 1, 2015, at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Actors Kingsley Leggs and David Girolmo, stage manager Mark Johnson, music director Jason Wetzel, and MSMT Managing Director Stephanie Dupal spoke to Broadway World's moderator Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold and a full house of enthusiastic MSMT patrons about the challenges of putting on this large scale show that has proved to be another huge hit for the company.
Ogunquit Playhouse Celebrates Marriage Equality with VICTOR/VICTORIA
(6/29/2015) - In celebration of the SCOTUS ruling to legalize gay marriage, the Ogunquit Playhouse lit up its historic facade in the colors of the rainbow. Equally fitting is the show on stage now, Victor/Victoria, the musical comedy that exemplifies boundless love, gender identity and acceptance.
The Arundel Barn Playhouse's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Begins Tonight
(6/30/2015) - Do your parents tango and sword fight? Can your uncle electrify lightbulbs just by touch? Does your grandmother peddle potions? You might just be an Addams. Welcome to the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and, of course, Lurch. The Addams Family turns the concept of the ideal American family on its head in The Arundel Barn Playhouse production of The Addams Family.
BWW Interviews: Trista Dollison in SISTER ACT: Singing with Great Joy!
(6/29/2015) - Every night for the next three weeks Trista Dollison dons a nun's habit and lights up the stage of Brunswick's Maine State Music Theatre with her sassy, soulful, exuberant portrayal of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act - the cabaret singer who teaches the joy of music to a sleepy convent of Philadelphia nuns. It's a part she seems born to play and one which reflects her overall love of singing.
'It's a great role, hands down!' she enthuses in the last days of rehearsal before the June 25th opening. 'I had seen the show on Broadway twice and auditioned more than twice, so I am delighted to be here doing it now. It is one of those shows that rides on your back. She has such great songs and is in every scene. She is such a fierce and fabulous character! I love the fact that she starts off in a selfish world and evolves into being the hope for these sisters, and the sisters become the hope for her. The journey within the show is so beautiful: she realizes she is helping the nuns, and they realize they are helping her. She awakens something that is lost in the convent - a passion and joy.'
MSMT Presents SISTER ACT
(6/27/2015) - Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) is proud to be one of the first regional theatres to present the feel-amazing musical comedy smash SISTER ACT, running June 24 - July 11, 2015.
Theater at Monmouth's THE FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP Opens Tonight
(6/27/2015) - Theater at Monmouth's Family Show opens tonight, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a production of The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Adapted by Dawn McAndrews, this classic Russian fairy tale encourages the power of believing in yourself, the value of friendship, and the importance of following your dreams.
BWW Reviews: MSMT's SISTER ACT Raises the Rafters in Rejoicing
(6/26/2015) - In the first act of the Menken/Slater/Steinkellner musical comedy, Sister Act, the heroine, Sister Mary Clarence (aka Deloris Van Cartier) tells Mother Superior that song should come from the soul to raise the rafters. Maine State Music Theatre's second season offering does just that with a dazzling production and a cast whose talent is, indeed, cause for celebration!
The Arundel Barn Playhouse to Present THE ADDAMS FAMILY Next Month
(6/25/2015) - Do your parents tango and sword fight? Can your uncle electrify lightbulbs just by touch? Does your grandmother peddle potions? You might just be an Addams. Welcome to the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and, of course, Lurch. The Addams Family turns the concept of the ideal American family on its head in The Arundel Barn Playhouse production of The Addams Family.
BWW Interviews: Kinglsey Leggs of SISTER ACT - Art with Intention
(6/24/2015) - 'If you build it they will come. If you want diversity in the theatre, you have to build that diversity from the ground up. You can't just expect it to happen.' Actor Kingsley Leggs is speaking with quiet intensity about his passion for theatre, music, and dance and his belief that theatre must not only please, but also educate and empower its audiences. These are beliefs he has honed in a long career which has taken him from his native St. Louis to Broadway, regional theatre, and television.
As he recounts his story, he is taking a break on what he calls 'a three show day' at Maine State Music Theatre, where he is in the last week of performances of The Full Monty and set to open June 25th in Sister Act. He has just finished the morning rehearsal and will soon head over to the theatre for a matinee and evening show. For all the obvious demands of this schedule, he appears relaxed and animated. He tells the story of how he came to be in Brunswick this summer: