Three recordings of live opera performances captured on film will be shown at the Center Theatre this summer. Mark your calendars now, because each performance will run only once, during the 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays June 26, July 24, and August 28. Discounts are available for guests purchasing tickets to multiple shows.
In June, the Center Theatre brings the Verdi Requiem Legends Concert to the stage. Originally performed at La Scala in 1967, this production with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro alla Scala was presented in Moscow, Montreal and New York, in addition to Milan. It was recorded on 35 mm film in 1967, with the young Luciano Pavarotti replacing Carlo Bergonzi. Together with Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” Verdi’s “Requiem” ranks as one of the two supreme achievements in 19th-century liturgical music. This is a highly dramatic and emotional work, though not theatrical, due to Verdi’s specification that it “must not be sung the way an opera is sung.”
In July, the four-act La Damnation De Faust comes to the Center Theatre stage. Recorded in 2015, this tale, sung in French, followings the aging scholar Faust down into depression and near suicide, and further still, when the Devil offer him a journey, promising him the restoration of his youth, knowledge, and the fulfillment of all his wishes. The ensuing journey includes love, abandonment, and a deal with the Devil that leads Faust into the depths of Hell.
The August performance of Carmen is based on a novel with the same title. This four-act opera lasts slightly over three hours, with one intermission, and was recorded live in 2015 at the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily. Carmen is a tale of passion, manipulation, and ultimately, murder.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring these world-class performances here to central Maine,” said Patrick Myers, executive director of the Center Theatre. “We’re hoping that the three movies in this series will be well received and we’ll be able to bring more performances like this to Dover-Foxcroft.”
Tickets are $8 for one movie; $12 for two movies; or $18 for all three movies. The Center Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Center Theatre reopening its doors to produce affordable entertainment, arts and education.
For more information on the Theatre or its programming, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943, stop by their 20 East Main Street location between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, or visit centertheatre.org.
The Center Theatre has been awarded $2,700 from the Maine Community Foundation’s Piscataquis County Fund. The grant dollars will be used to build board and staff capacity, according to Patrick Myers, the theater’s executive director.
“We’ll be using the support to send members of our staff and board to various trainings and workshops this year. It will help to educate new board members about the role and responsibilities of nonprofit board members,” said Myers. “And for the staff, we’re looking at volunteer management, social media and marketing, as well as nonprofit management as areas in which to provide training.”
The Maine Community Foundation has a long history of supporting the Center Theatre via grants from various funds. “They’ve supported us through the purchase of energy-efficient LED spotlights, helped us grow our community theater, supported our drama camp, and were instrumental in beginning our Endowment Fund,” said Myers.
“As we celebrate out 10 th Anniversary, we are very grateful to the Maine Community Foundation and the Piscataquis County Fund for their generous support over the past decade,” Myers said. “This most recent grant is just another testimony to their commitment to our community. This grant will support training for our staff and board that will ensure that the Center Theatre remains vibrant and sustainable for many more years.”
The Center Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Center Theatre reopening its doors to produce affordable entertainment, arts and education. For more information on the Theatre or its programming, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943, stop by their 20 East Main Street location between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, or visit centertheatre.org.
DOVER-FOXCROFT – Center Theatre’s Summer Drama Camp sessions are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July 11-22 and August 1-12 at the East Sangerville Grange. Each session wraps up with an evening performance at Center Theatre, open to the public, with admission by donation.
New this year, through a partnership with the Piscataquis Regional YMCA, an afternoon adventure camp will be offered immediately following drama camp each day, with pickup between 5-5:30 p.m.
“Y staff will take over and keep the kids busy all afternoon with games and activities,” said Patrick Myers, executive director of the Center Theatre. “We might even squeeze in a trip to the beach!”
The drama camp coordinator is Beth MacNeil. David Murray is directing “The Fairy Tale Network” by John Woodward during session one, which is geared more toward younger children with less experience. Bobby Keniston authored and will direct “Totally Terrific Tall Tales” during session two, which is aimed at older campers with more experience. “But there will be plenty of opportunities for all ages in both sessions,” said Myers.
The oldest of all Center Theatre programs, Drama Camp has been running every summer for nearly two decades. The East Sangerville Grange has been a sponsor since day one. Over the years, numerous local children and summer residents have attended the camp – many returning year after year.
Classes are open to children from Kindergarten through the ninth grade. The wide range of ages provides unique educational moments and opportunities for growth for all students. Center Theatre is also seeking high school students interesting in being drama camp interns in return for valuable work experience, community service hours, and the chance to have a lot of fun!
The goal for drama camp is to immerse children in many exciting aspects of theater, including team building, improvisation, theater games, exercises, music and dance. The belief that creativity and cooperation are as important as the final production is central to this camp experience, which is focused on learning, interaction, and enjoyment.
The Center Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Center Theatre reopening its doors to produce affordable entertainment, arts and education. Drama camp costs $250 for the first child, $225 for each additional sibling, and $475 for one child in both sessions. The afternoon Y Camp costs $200 per session per child; $160 for Y members. A $100 deposit is required per child at the time of registration. Some scholarships are available.
Registration and internship forms can be picked up at Center Theatre, or downloaded from the Center Theatre website, www.centertheatre.org. For more information, call Center Theatre, 564-8943, or stop by their 20 East Main Street location between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.
The Von Trapp children learn “Do-Re-Me” from Maria.
From left to right: Ingrid Halvorsen, Emily DeRespino, Elora Kares, Abby Kemp, Hannah Poland, Jorgen Halvorsen, Rebeclyn Parker, and Markis Robbins
The Center Theatre’s Youth Production of The Sound of Music, opened on Friday the 22nd and audiences were thrilled with the production. “I can’t believe the talent we have in our community,” one audience member stated as she left the performance. The production, sponsored by Will’s Shop’n Save, includes area kids from 4 to 16 years of age performing a youth version of the classic story that has been a favorite for audiences for over 50 years. The show includes the songs that everyone loves like Do,Re,Me and Favorite Things.
“The kids are amazing,” says Executive Director Patrick Myers. “They have worked very hard for about 2 months to bring this show to life – and they’ve done a wonderful job.” According to Myers there were many others involved in making the performance a success including the Director, David Murray; Musical Director Deb Fournier; Stage Manager, Joshua Kelley; Set Designer Trisha Smith; and Wendy Voter and Heidi Erspamer who worked on the costumes. “There are so many others from the stage crew, volunteers, and of course the parents,” Myers said. “We’re also very lucky to have some talented musicians who are adding to the atmosphere of the show. Instead of the standard piano accompaniment the Theatre is lucky to have Isleen Halvorsen on Harp and Deb Fournier on Flute joining Heather Kares on the piano. Their professionalism and talent adds a wonderful layer to the performance.”
The public has 3 more chances to see the show: Saturday the 30th at 2pm and 7pm, and the final performance will be on Sunday May 1st at 2pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Members, Students and Seniors are $8 and kids 10 and under are $5.
To purchase tickets or for more information please email email@example.com, visit their website atwww.centertheatre.org, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943, or stop by the Theatre at 20 East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Center Theatre reopening its doors to produce affordable entertainment, arts, and education.