The Center Theatre is gearing up for opening night of their new children’s production of the Jungle Book on April 10th at 7pm. The production, written by Vera Morris and directed by Bobby Keniston, is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. The play, based on the beloved stories of Rudyard Kipling, follows the story of Mowgli the boy raised in the jungle and his struggle against the tiger Shere Kahn. The all children’s cast brings the jungle to life with a large cast of colorful jungle characters.
Keniston says that directing the play has been very rewarding, “The kids have been working hard on the production and we’re all excited to show off our work to the community.” According to Keniston, participation in a play is much more than just memorizing lines and reciting them. “Being in a play is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about being part of a team. The kids have to learn to focus and listen to each other as they’re acting, they learn they can do something wonderful by working together.”
Keniston says the play is very entertaining for the whole family and he hopes the kids have good audiences for each performance. The cast will also be performing for area schools during the day on April 15th. The production at the Center Theatre opens on Friday the 10th at 7pm and continues Saturday the 11th at 7pm, Sunday the 12th at 1pm and the next weekend on Friday the 17th at 7pm and Saturday the 18th at 2pm and 7pm. Admission for the show is $12 for the general public, $10 in advance and for Seniors, students, and members. There is also a special $5 rate for kids 12 and under.
For tickets and more information please 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. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
We are often asked for specific movies at the Center Theatre, and asked for more notice about what movies we are bringing in, so that people can make plans and not make the trip to Bangor or Waterville. We are grateful for our community’s desire to “keep movies local”, and wanted people to understand why we aren’t always able to know exactly when we will get the movies that are requested.
Nearly every film studio has very specific requirements to meet in order for a theatre to get a film the day it is released nationwide (or “on the break”). Generally, to get a movie on the break, we have to keep the movie at the Center Theatre for two or three weeks and we can’t do anything else during that time. Because of all the other events going on at the Theatre, carving out two weeks for a movie is fairly difficult and three weeks is out of the question. So it is rare that we can get a movie when it opens nationwide. If we wait a few weeks after the movie opens, we can generally get it to play for one week. Of course, the longer we wait to get the movie, the more likely it is that people have already seen it.
Part of the challenge is that we are well down on the pecking order when it comes to movie theaters. We cannot compete against large theatres which seat more people and offer more showings per day. We usually try to confirm our movies at least a month in advance, but the studios operate on their own schedules and sometimes won’t give us confirmation until a week before we start showing the movie.
Despite these challenges, many things have improved since we transitioned from 35 mm to digital almost two years ago. Digital films come on a hard drive, which are much less expensive to produce, so there are more available and we do get them more quickly. The biggest difference is that we no longer need to use a booking agent, and the Center Theatre handles its bookings directly. It takes another step out of the process and allows the theatre to build direct relationships with the distributors.
We continue to work on our booking process, and always welcome community feedback on what movies you would like to see. We have started booking more movies than we have in the past, and adding more showings, hopefully allowing more people to attend our films. We always put our Facebook listings and website posts about the movies up within 24 hours of a confirmed booking, so we get that information out as soon as we have it. There will always be challenges, but we are always looking to improve our booking process and better serve the needs of our community.
Movie tickets at the Center Theatre are $6 General Admission, $5 for Students, Seniors, and Theatre Members. All matinees are $4. Questions or thoughts about movies can be made by calling (207) 564-8943, stopping by the theatre at 20 E. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft from 10 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday, or by going to the website 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.
Center Theatre for the Performing Arts – Executive Director
The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts has an opening for an Executive Director located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The 300-seat, non-profit theatre was fully renovated in 2007 and is a gem in Piscataquis County offering digital movies, live performances and entertaining community theatre throughout the year. This position requires flexibility in hours to accommodate performance schedules. The preferred candidate will live in the local area and have a degree in Arts Management, Marketing or Business with 5 years of related experience; however, all interested candidates will be considered. The candidate will have strong business and interpersonal skills and will represent the theatre within the community. This position is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as working collaboratively with employees and various committees on development, programming, fundraising, finance and facilities management. Candidate should be familiar with social media as it pertains to promotion, marketing and advertising of theatre events and enjoy a challenge. Candidate will work closely with our active Board of Directors to ensure that programming and revenue are in line with financial goals. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts no later than March 31, 2015. Documents may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information on this position may be found at www.centertheatre.org
Effective Monday, March 9, the Center Theatre will be changing its Box Office hours. The Theatre is shifting to weekday hours in order to better meet the needs of our community.
The new hours will be:
10 AM-3 PM
Box office will open 1 hour before events
Thank you for your support of the Center Theatre!