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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.

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BANGOR - Registration is open for Penobscot Theatre Company's April Vacation Camp, offering full-day programming for students aged 4-14, Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22. For the second year, the theatre is teaming with the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) to provide cross-disciplinary experience in the arts.

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Dramatic Academy offers seven weeks of full-day programming in Downtown Bangor

BANGOR - Registration is now open for Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy Summer 2016. Young performers, technicians and theatre newbies are invited to help bring two sensational productions to life. "We are beyond thrilled to produce the hit musical that is currently rocking Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock,' based on the Paramount movie starring Jack Black!" said Director of Education Amy Roeder. "In addition, we have a tremendous new work, Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland' which is being devised with members of the Penobscot Nation. This world premiere production will be produced as part of Acadia National Park's Centennial Celebration and will be performed on Indian Island, in Acadia National Park, and of course on our own historic Opera House stage. What an exceptional summer this is for Dramatic Academy!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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