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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:43

Hair Frenzy' a cut above

World premiere comedy captures Maine spirit

BANGOR The Bangor Opera House is playing host to a truly hair-raising experiencean experience taking place for the very first time.

Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of 'Hair Frenzy,' a new work by local playwright Travis Baker. Directed by PTC veteran Dominick Varney, this spiritual sequel to 2014's Clauder Prize-winning 'One Blue Tarp' is running through Feb. 14.

The play revisits the fictional town of Clara, Maine; it's a small town with a big heart, filled with the sorts of regular folks and eccentric characters that will likely ring familiar to anyone who has spent time in our state.

Published in Happenings

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company is hosting a theatrical day camp for children ages 4-14 during February School Vacation, Feb. 15-19. Each day, expert and highly energetic teaching artists will lead participants in theme-based dramatic activities. "February Vacation Camp is one of the most action-packed weeks we have here at Penobscot Theatre Company!" said Amy Roeder, the company's director of education. "This year, along with perennial favorites, we're thrilled to offer some new activities, like a stage makeup workshop on Design Day!"

Vacation camp will begin at 9 a.m. with structured activities until 4 p.m. Because each day will be centered on a different theme, students may register for any or all of the following:

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:19

A season to be celebrated

PTC marks 40th season

BANGOR - Over the past decade or so, the city of Bangor has seen its arts scene blossom. The town is alive with more music, art and performance than at any other point in recent memory. New businesses and organizations that grow the creative community are springing up all over.

However, there are also some groups with very real and vibrant histories in the mix. Some have been around since long before this recent revitalization. These organizations form a cornerstone of this creative renaissance.

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BANGOR - Monsters, ghosts, clowns and more will soon be taking over the streets of Bangor as part of the first ever Penobscot Theatre's Race to the Stage. It's a 5K costume road race planned for Saturday, June 15 to help raise funds for the nearly 40-year-old theatre located on Main Street. 

"The race was the brainchild of one of our dedicated subscribers. She wanted to help raise funds to support our work and this seemed like a great way to get the theatre out into the community it serves," explained Mary Budd, Penobscot Theatre board of trustees president.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:03

80 Days' in two hours

PTC presents adaptation of Jules Verne classic

BANGOR In William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Puck tells his master Oberon that he will 'put a girdle round the Earth in forty minutes.' Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg means to take a little longer 80 days to be precise.

Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting their production of 'Around the World in 80 Days,' adapted by Mark Brown from Jules Verne's classic novel. The show will be running through June 2 at the Bangor Opera House.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:35

Northern Writes: new and improved

New play festival marks seventh year

BANGOR Creating new works for the stage is an incredibly involved process. Playwrights struggle to find ways to see and hear their words so that they might find ways to tweak and improve their product. Hearing your words aloud and hearing an audience's reaction to those words is one of the most vital aspects of building the best possible piece.

Since 2007, Penobscot Theatre Company has been doing their part to help in the achievement of those goals. The seventh annual Northern Writes Festival of New Works is taking place at the Bangor Opera House from May 3 through May 5. Since its inception, over a thousand scripts have been submitted to the festival and vetted by a variety of readers. All told, Northern Writes has produced staged readings of over 100 scripts by writers from all over the country and beyond.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:16

Local writer wins playwriting award

Clauder Competition names 'One Blue Tarp' Best Maine Play

ORONO Capturing the spirit of a place on the page can be an arduous task. Doing so by writing a play is even more so. 

This makes 'One Blue Tarp,' a play written by Orono resident Travis Baker, even more impressive. Not only has he created a nuanced piece exploring the nature of relationships here in Maine particularly the notion of people 'from away' but he has done so from a smartly skewed perspective that mines equal parts humor and pathos from those relationships.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:34

The soul of Wit'

PTC presents Pulitzer Prize-winning drama

BANGOR There are few things as powerful as live theater.

Seeing stories unfold right in front of us is a beautiful thing. We are separate from the action onstage, yet the performers are undeniably present. That combination makes theater capable of telling tales in a way that impacts us in a way that is unlike any other art form. And even then, some pieces achieve more so much more. 

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PTC production offers weird, wild trip to the Florida swamps

BANGOR We are not alone in the universe at least, not according to some eccentrics living in the swamps of Florida.

That's part of the story behind 'The Sugar Bean Sisters,' a play by Nathan Sanders. Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting their production of the show a Maine premiere through Feb. 17 at the Bangor Opera House.

It's the tale of the Nettles sisters, two spinsters living out their days in their deceased father's shack in the town of Sugar Bean, Florida. There's Willie May (Irene Dennis), a born-again Mormon who supports their little family by way of her 'grapefruit fortune,' a settlement for an injury she received while working at a citrus plant. And then there's Faye Clementine (A.J. Mooney), a woman whose main claim to fame is an appearance on the cover of 'The Weekly World News' after a UFO sighting 20 years ago.

Published in Happenings
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:20

Bet your bottom dollar on Annie'

PTC presents modern musical favorite

BANGOR One of the most wonderful artistic traditions here in Bangor is the annual holiday production at Penobscot Theatre. It has become a vital part of this celebratory time for many area families.

For a long time, we got various and sundry adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' the occasional 'Gift of the Magi' notwithstanding. In recent years, however, the offerings have diversified. We've gotten to spend time with Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris's 'Santaland Diaries.' We've gotten the musical stylings of 'Plaid Tidings,' and we've watched Ralphie pine for a Red Ryder BB gun in 'A Christmas Story.'

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