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ORONO This is the time of year when kids begin to believe in the magic of the holidays, and the timeless tradition of 'Nutcracker' helps.

The story is steeped in magic, with Godfather Drosselmeyer (Keith Robinson), creating life-sized toys to perform at his family's Christmas fete. Everyone gets special gifts, but Clara (Haley Williams) gets a special present, much to the ire of her brother Fritz (Nathan Williams). After a tussle, the new present is broken, much to Clara's dismay but he is soon put right by Dosselmeyer. What comes next is a mixture of holiday anticipation and sugar-induced dream wonderland.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:08

Christmas in Maine' - A treasure made new

Written by Katy England

Just shy of 75 years ago, Robert P. Tristram Coffin published 'Christmas in Maine,' a rich and evocative tale of what celebrating Christmas was like growing up on a salt-water farm in Maine. Islandport Press has reprinted the book with illustrations by woodblock print artist Blue Butterfield to create an experience that is as richly illustrated as it is told.

Coffin's prose glitters on the page, evoking warm, colorful scenes, family members you feel that you know and food you can almost taste. The words wrap around you like a well-made blanket, and you can almost hear the snap of the fire and the crinkle of wrapping paper. These are simple times turned into a veritable treasure chest as he compares the sights and sounds of Maine to precious gems diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies. But it's the very simplicity that is the treasure.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 23:56

Life's rich pageant

Written by Allen Adams

WOS presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

WINTERPORT What happens when the worst kids in town wind up taking over the annual Christmas pageant?

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:20

Husson Theater present Twelfth Night'

Written by DJ Samuelian

BANGOR - This past weekend, Husson University Theater put on 'Twelfth Night,' directed by Christy Bruton. One of Shakespeare's comedies, 'Twelfth Night' centers around a shipwrecked woman named Viola (played by Nichole Sparlin) as she takes on the identity of Cesario so that she can work for Duke Orsino (played by Nick Kovarik). She has a twin brother who she believes died in the shipwreck. What follows is a twisted web of deception, mistaken identity and love.

The acting in this production is spot on. Sparlin does a fantastic job as the central character Viola. She is funny when she needs to be but also has no problem pulling off the slightly more serious moments. As the plot thickens and the misunderstandings add up, she plays Viola with a believable hint of confused panic. Kimberlee Lewis plays the character of Oliva, a wealthy woman who falls in love with who she believes to be Cesario. Her moments of frustration with Sir Toby (played by Kody Vaghan) are some of the funniest moments.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:16

It's a Wonderful Life' a wonderful experience

Written by Allen Adams

PTC presents live radio play version of classic holiday story

BANGOR This holiday season, an angel gets his wings at the Bangor Opera House.

BANGOR The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, are proud to announce that Cirque du Soleil will return to Bangor's Cross Insurance Center this summer. More details about show dates and tickets to be announced soon.

Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009, 'Ovo' will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:44

Broadway's The Lion King' goes VR

Written by Mark Kennedy (AP)

NEW YORK 'The Lion King' on Broadway is offering fans a view of the musical that even the very best seat in the theater can't rival.

The Disney stage blockbuster on Wednesday released 360-degree footage of its opening song 'Circle of Life' that lets users look left, right, up, backstage and at the audience, even when sitting on a couch.

Chaos ensues when the unruly Herdman children take over the church Christmas pageant. Can Mrs. Bradley, the novice pageant director, keep the Herdmans out of mischief? Come find out in this charming comedy which will delight audiences of all ages. PerformancesDecember 4, 5, 11, and 12 at7:00pmandDecember 6 and 13at3:00pm. All performances will be held at the Wagner Middle School, Winterport, Maine. General admission tickets $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors available at the door, or go to BrownPaperTickets.com for pre-sale tickets. Please visitwww.winterportopenstage.netfor more information.

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