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Our 2017-18 theatrical season opens with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
The musical score from this production is one of the most beloved of all time!
RRodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, there is the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys. There's a box social coming up, and Curly (Chase Tomberlin of Brunswick) asks Laurey (Sharon Henderson of Gardiner) if she'll be his date. Trouble is, Laurey thinks he's waited too long, and in a fit of pique accepts an offer from the boorish Jud (Iver McLeod of Bath) instead. Meanwhile, Laurey's friend Ado Annie (Caitlin Paul of Pittson) is also torn between two men: a cowboy named Will (Garret Coffey of Bath) and a foreign peddler, Ali Hakim (Rich Ellis of Brunswick). Both women struggle to know their own hearts before it's too late.
The wild west provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. Under the direction of Thom Watson, music direction of Teresa Henderson and choreography of Ashley Steeves, the audience will have no doubt that they will succeed in making a new life together, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
September 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2017 @ 7:30pm
September 17 and 24, 2017 @ 2pm
$12 advance · $15 door
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“Feel the Weight”
Textile Artists Explore Memory and Material in Eclectic, Colorful Show
Opening Reception: Friday, August 11 from 5-7pm
Show Run: August 11 through September 23
TUE | WED | FRI
Concrete and artificial flowers, cotton and luxurious silk are a few of the unique materials displayed within the “Feel the Weight” art exhibit curated by mother-daughter duo Nika and Salley Knight. This whimsical and thought-provoking end-of-summer show opens August 11 (reception from 5-7pm is open to the public) and continues until September 23.
The “Feel the Weight” art exhibit features three Maine-connected textile artists exploring the weight of personal memory, history, culture, and identity through a wide and eclectic variety of materials. On the floor, sculptures by Veronica A. Perez make use of often overlooked or maligned materials—fake flowers, wig hair, concrete—and combine them to create inventive, thought-provoking new forms. On the walls, Portland-based textile artist Isabelle O’Donnell uses a variety of cloths and dyes to create intricate, considered textile works inspired by the colors, patterns, and textures of the materials at hand. Finally, an expansive, hand-dyed silk wall installation and colorful silk paintings by artist and co-curator Salley Knight explore memories of childhood in Maine and Virginia. Like O’Donnell and Perez, Knight derives inspiration from her materials.
Colors, patterns, textures, and weight: in “Feel the Weight,” the limitations and potential of physical materials inspires wild, beautiful, and entertaining artworks.
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