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Penobscot Theatre Company Announces 2016-2017 Season

April 13, 2016
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BANGOR-Penobscot Theatre Company proudly announces its 43rd Season, a fresh array of plays of musicals to be staged at the company's historic home, the Bangor Opera House. The season will kick-off just after Labor Day and extend into June with a surprise seventh show to be announced at a later date.

'We're thrilled to invite all those who appreciate great story-telling to join our family of subscribers next season,' said Producing Artistic DirectorBariNewport. 'Come one, come all, and enjoy the magic of theatre all year long!'Subscriptions will be on sale to the general public startingApril 11.

With packages starting at $105 per adult ($45/student), the full subscription series includes:

Calendar Girls,by Tim Firth (September 8-25, 2016), based on the Miramax film, tells the true story of a women's group in England that raises big money and lots of eyebrows by baring more than their souls. This marks the show's Maine professional premiere.

Murder for Two,with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair (October 20-November 6, 2016), is the first of three plays next season that have yet to be produced in Maine, a highly theatrical musical whodunit that will have audiences guessing and laughing and tapping their toes until the very end!

Lumberjacks in Love,by the creators of the 2015 hitGuys on Ice, Fred Alley and James Kaplan, (February 2-19, 2017), is an uproarious musical full of singing and surprises even beyond dancing lumberjacks! This is the show's Maine premiere.

Papermaker,by acclaimed novelist Monica Wood (March 16-April 2, 2017), is a timely drama about family, loyalty, and the dignity and tragedy of mill-town life.

I Loved, I Lost, I MadeSpaghetti,adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci (April 27-May 14, 2017), involves the preparation of a pasta dinner - from scratch on stage - while regrettable, relatable tales of a young woman's spoiled romances unfold. This is also a Maine premiere.

Among the most prized benefits of subscription are discounted tickets to the theatre's holiday extravaganza; this year's offering is the musical classicOliver! The show is playing December 1-24, including four student matinees.

'With music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart and such spirited, timeless songs as Food, Glorious Food,' and Where is Love,' who could ask for more?' saidNewport. 'But more is just what we're delivering! We'll have a bonus seventh show that will extend into June - a real crowd-pleaser - so stay tuned, and if you want to be first to know what's happening, subscribe!'

A variety of flexible and affordable subscription packages are available, including three-show subscriptions for those who live elsewhere for a portion of the year, and FlexPasses, four- or six-packs of tickets patrons may use to see what they like when they like. 'We understand that people are busier than ever these days, so our subscriptions are designed with flexibility in mind,' said Executive Director Mary Budd. 'Subscribers are always free to change their tickets once at no charge for another performance if something comes up. Life happens, we get it!'

For the coming season, the theatre is pleased to offer Opening Night subscribers the added benefit of a complimentary beverage at its concession stand, which features craft beers and notable wines; and the first 25 new subscribers will receive a $25 gift certificate from the popular downtown eatery 11 Central.

Last modified on Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:47

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