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Scenes & Songs' takes the stage

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Scenes & Songs' takes the stage Scenes & Songs' takes the stage

BANGOR One of the area's performing arts highlights is soon to take place at the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company is set to present its annual Scenes & Songs preview event on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are free; you can reserve up to four tickets either by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling the box office at 942-3333.

'Scenes & Songs is perhaps the most popular event of our season,' said Artistic Director Bari Newport. 'I am thrilled to announce that ghastly golf pants, ghosts and ghouls, dancing bears, charming princes, Tony winners, world premieres, and an enduring classic are all a part of PTC's 40th anniversary season. We look forward to sharing snippets from all of our upcoming productions."

The event will feature you guessed it scenes and/or songs from each of the six shows that are part of the 2013-14 PTC season.

There's 'The Fox on the Fairway,' a golf-themed farce by author Ken Ludwig, leading things off. Rival country club owners find themselves at odds, leading to hijinks both on and off the course. Then, for the Halloween season, PTC offers a classic ghost story 'The Woman in Black' by Steven Mallatratt. It's one of the longest running shows in the history of the West End, packed with atmospheric scares and spooky mysteries. And for the yuletide season, audiences will get a glimpse of 'Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale,' a fresh look at the classic fairy tale and a great show for the holidays. It's all about the pageantry with this one; time to get a sneak peek at what will surely be a spectacle to remember.

2014's first show is the next to be previewed. 'One Blue Tarp' a poignant, humorous look at the clash between native Mainers and those 'from away' - was named Best Maine Play in the prestigious Clauder Competition; it was written by Orono's Travis Baker and first workshopped at PTC's Northern Writes New Play Festival in 2010. After that, you'll see something from 'God of Carnage,' a Tony Award-winning play from acclaimed playwright Yasmina Reza. It's a tale of two couples who struggle to find common ground following a dispute between their children. And then, closing out both the season and the evening, is Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town.' The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about small towns is one of the best-known plays in American literature; time to get an early look before PTC breathes life into it down the road.

But that's not all, with Newport adding, "We will also be making a surprise announcement.' 

Scenes & Songs is a wonderful opportunity to get a good look at what Bangor's professional theatre company has in store for you in the months to come. So why not take advantage? With such a wide variety of shows, there's likely to be something for everyone. And who knows? You might see something that captures your attention.

'It is an evening - and a season - not to be missed!' said Newport.


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