The Center Theatre and Slightly Off-Center Players will be holding auditions this weekend for a children’s production of The Jungle Book being presented in April and directed by Bobby Keniston. The auditions will be held at the Center Theatre on Saturday, February 14th at 10am and Sunday, February 15th at 6pm. The cast can accommodate children of all ages and High School students are encouraged to attend along with younger children. A parent or guardian is also expected to come to auditions. No previous experience or advanced preparation is required. Some singing may be needed for some parts. Anyone interested in auditioning, but unable to attend the auditions should contact the Center Theatre to make other arrangements.
The Jungle Book, based on the beloved stories of Rudyard Kipling, will be performed the weekends of April 10th and 17th. Anyone interested in working backstage or getting involved in lighting and sound is also encouraged to either come to auditions or contact the Center Theatre. Rehearsals for the Jungle Book will begin shortly after the auditions. For more information about the auditions or performances, please email SOCP@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 Tuesday through Saturday The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
Directors Needed for February One-Acts
The Slightly Off-Center Players and the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts are accepting proposals from directors interested in presenting a one-act play at the Center Theatre on February 13th and 14th. The one-acts will be performed each night and given the show dates of Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day, the theme of the one-acts will be ‘Scary Love.’ “We’re not looking for a whole night of Zombie Romances,” said the Theatre’s Executive Director Angela Bonacasa, “Though if there was a play like that out there it would be welcome. We’re looking for plays that deal with love and relationships, but also have a scary or spooky side. Maybe it’s love that’s so strong it scares us or a relationship born out of a frightening situation. We’re encouraging people to think outside the box and bring us their ideas.”
Directors can either bring a play they have already cast or choose from talented local performers at two auditions that will be held at the Center Theatre on Saturday, January 3rd at 10am and Sunday, January 4th at 5pm. Rehearsal can begin as soon as the Director has a cast and all the one-acts will begin tech rehearsals on Monday, February 9th.
Directors interested in participating should deliver their proposal via email to SOCP@centertheatre.org or drop them off at the Center Theatre prior to the end of business on Friday, December 12th. Proposals must include: Director’s Name, Name of the One-Act/Scene and Playwright, A synopsis of the play along with the number of characters and approximate length of the play, who holds the performance rights and cost to obtain the rights, technical needs and stage crew requirements, and a copy of the script or a link to the online script. There is no minimum length for the proposed pieces, but all must run under 30 minutes. Directors will be notified by Friday, December 19th if their proposals have been accepted for the One-Acts.
For more information on the Center Theatre or the Slightly Off-Center Players, contact the Center Theatre at 564-8943 or visit their website at centertheatre.org. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts venue dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
The Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft announces its 2014 Summer Concert Series, featuring Folk artist Greg Brown, Country star Kathy Mattea, and Bluegrass duo The Gibson Brothers.
On Friday, June 13, at 8 PM, the Center Theatre welcomes Folk musician Greg Brown. Originally from Iowa, Brown he has recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report’s Americana rankings and Brown’s first Indie Award from NAIRD. The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, received another Indie award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone’s four-star review of Further In called Brown “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” 1997’s Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned his Brown his second Grammy nomination. His latest CD, One Night (Red House), is a re-release of a 1983 live performance originally on Minneappolis’ Coffeehouse Extempore Records. He has frequently appeared on Prairie Home Companion. Tickets for Greg Brown are $30 in advance and $33 at the door.
Kathy Mattea performs Friday, July 18, at 8 PM. Signing with Mercury Records in 1983, Kathy Mattea released her self-titled debut the following year. Though it generated several Top 40 singles, it was not until her third album, Walk The Way The Wind Blows (1986) that established her as an up and coming star. In late 1987 she released her first #1 single, “Goin’ Gone,” and the next year saw her issue “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses,” which won both the Country Music Association’s and Academy of Country Music’s Single Of The Year award. In 1989 and 1990 she won an ACM and two CMA awards as Female Vocalist of the Year, while keeping a steady presence at the top of the country charts with nine Top 10 singles, including a 1990 duet with O’Brien, “The Battle Hymn Of Love,” as well as the tender “Where’ve You Been,” co-written by her husband, Jon Vezner, which earned her 1990s Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The same year also saw her first gold album, Willow In The Wind. Throughout the ’90s, Kathy’s successes continued, charting still more singles, including 1994s top five single “Walking Away A Winner,” and releasing three more gold albums, the platinum-selling A Collection Of Hits and a long-awaited Christmas album, Good News, which earned Kathy her second Grammy, this time in the Gospel category. Tickets for Kathy Mattea are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
The Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh Gibson, conclude the Summer Concert Series on August 22 at 8 PM. The Gibson Brothers won IMDA’s 2013 Entertainers of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year for “They Called It Music” and Eric was named Songwriter of the year. This follows their first win as 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award and the 2012 Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year award for “Singing As We Rise.” The Gibson Brothers are widely recognized as the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today, evidenced by their being named IMDA’s 2011 Vocal Group of the Year. It was the first time a brother duet won that award. They also won the 2011 Album of the Year for Help My Brother. It was also named the 2011 Album of the Year by PopMatters. These honors follow two 2010 IBMA awards for Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Ring My Bell.” Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 564-8943, by stopping by the box office in person at 20 E. Main Street between 10 AM and 3 PM Tuesday through Saturday, or by using the center theatre website at www.centertheatre.org. Full bios of each artist, as well as information on other upcoming events can also be found at www.centertheatre.org. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
On Saturday, May 10, at 9 AM, The Center Theatre welcomes Dale Anthony Girard, SAG and AFTRA Actor, Stunt Coordinator, and Stunt Performer for a special “Fighting for Film” workshop.
“I have known Dale for a number of years, and he is an incredibly gifted performer and teacher. He has done so much in film, doing everything from acting and stunt coordination, to fire gags and precision driving. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about the film industry, and we are fortunate that he was able to find time in his busy schedule to offer a workshop here at the Center Theatre,” says Executive Director Angela Bonacasa. “We are also grateful to our co-sponsor, the Foxcroft Academy Film Department, for their support in making this event possible.”
Dale is a professional Stunt Coordinator, Fight Arranger and award winning Fight Director. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association, a Third Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo/Hopkido and Haidong-Gumdo and one of only sixteen Fight Masters recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors. Film credits include “Sleeping Around,” “Eyeborgs,” “The Key Man,” “The Trial,” “Fall Down Dead” and the critically acclaimed “Junebug.” As stunt coordinator, Mr. Girard has developed action sequences with artists including Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox, Jack Davenport, Matthew Modine, Adrian Paul, Terry O’Quinn and David Carradine. As a stunt performer, he has worked in both film and television with recent television credits on “Revolution” and “Lizard Lick Towing.” Based in North Carolina, he serves as the primary stunt coordinator for the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association, is the Director of Stage Combat Studies/Stunt Safety Coordinator for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and as an Assistant Instructor for Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Schools (WTF).
The workshop will cost $20, and run approximately 3 hours. It will include the basics of film fighting, including instruction in throwing a punch, understanding camera angles, how to successfully sell a fight on camera, and a discussion of violence in the film industry.
Participants can register for the class online anytime at www.centertheatre.org, by calling (207) 564-8943, or by stopping by the Center Theatre Box Office Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10-3. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged, although walkups are welcome.
Additional information on this and upcoming events can be found on the new Center Theatre website at www.centertheatre.org, or by calling the box office at (207) 564-8943. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.