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Her Majesty's Cabaret opens up

January 16, 2013
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Local group to present Ferme La Bouche'

BANGOR Local performance collaborative Her Majesty's Cabaret is once more bringing their unique brand of entertainment to area audiences.

This newest show called 'Ferme La Bouche' is scheduled for two performances at the newly opened Coespace, located on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor, on Jan. 19. Performance times are set for 7:30 and 10 p.m.; tickets are $7. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available for presale at the Rock and Art Shop on Central Street.

HMC will also be taking this show on the road, heading to Geno's in Portland on Jan. 26 for a performance, joined by the band Chamberlain, electronic artist A Severe Joy and others.

In some ways, this is a new type of show for the group, according to co-founder Zach Robbins.

'It's all sketch and video stuff this time,' Robbins said. 'And we're trying some new things. We'll be switching up the shows; things will be in a different order, some of the sketches might be different.

'Ferme La Bouche' was a name that just came to us; Em (Emily Burnham, co-founder of HMC) threw it out and it just stuck. At their core, all of these sketches are about people finding ways of coping. We're always trying to push [the envelope].'

It all falls in with some of the group's long-term goals. Robbins said that in the future, HMC would hopefully begin to operate on a music-based model.

'We'd like to craft it like a band,' he said. 'We want to build up a repertoire of sketches and videos. As the repertoire gets bigger, we can do different things as people come and go. It'll [almost be] a sketch comedy jam.'

As far as the Portland performance, the HMC braintrust has been talking about doing a show down there for some time.

'We had been brainstorming a trip to Portland for a while now,' said Robbins. 'It's a bigger market with a different set of established rules. There's a different vibe. It's a strong [creative] community just like Bangor but it's bigger. The opportunity to do a show at Geno's popped up, so we grabbed a spot.'

The Portland show will be more wide-ranging entertainment with the inclusion of special guests, while the Bangor show will be much more focused on the folks of HMC. And be advised there's a reason there are presale tickets. If you're excited about this show and want to assure yourself a spot, you might want to get your tickets ahead of time.

'We're always overwhelmed by support,' Robbins said. 'Last time out, the show sold out in under five minutes. We wound up turning away almost 70 people.'

The burgeoning creative community in Bangor is something special to see. Shows like this a show created entirely locally performed in a space specifically intended for creative use are wonderful proofs that creativity is alive and thriving in our region. If you're looking for a good time, you could do worse than Her Majesty's Cabaret.

And if they tell you to shut your mouth, well don't take it personally.

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