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BANGOR – A local theatre company is bringing thrills and chills to the stage this coming weekend.

Some Theatre Company will present their production of “The Woman in Black,” adapted by Stephen Mallatrat to the stage from Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by STC’s Elaine Bard, the show will run from October 29 through November 1 at the theatre’s Bangor Mall performance space. For tickets or more information, visit www.stcmaine.org or check out the Some Theatre Company Facebook page.

It’s a psychological thriller of sorts – a scary show that is just perfect for the Halloween season – the story of a young solicitor who gets far more than he bargained for when he investigates a client’s estate following her passing.

Offering in-person performance is difficult in these trying times. However, Bard and the rest of the Some Theatre Company crew have gone to great lengths to ensure that their audiences have not just a good time, but a safe one – they’re all about making the experience the right kind of scary.

To that end, Bard was kind enough to answer some questions about the upcoming production via email. She shared the STC process and protocols and talked about why they chose this show and their feelings regarding the importance of live performance, even in difficult times.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 13:00

STC’s ‘Puffs’ makes theatre magic

BANGOR – Have you ever wanted to spend some time at a very special and VERY famous school of magic? Well, thanks to Some Theatre Company, now you can.

Sort of.

STC is presenting “Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” running through March 1. This show – written by Matt Cox and directed by company artistic director Elaine Bard – marks the company’s first-ever production at their brand-new space in the Bangor Mall.

Fans of a certain boy wizard might have occasionally asked themselves about some of the other students at this legendary school. We spent seven books (and eight movies and a stage play and so on) following him and his friends; what do you suppose was going on with the students who maybe weren’t so talented or popular? Every school has regular, average kids – even schools of magic.

That’s what you get with “Puffs.” It’s a chance to spend some time with the also-rans of the magical realm, the uncool kids who just want to get by, kids who are simply looking to get through school without having to deal with the horrifying mystic dangers that lurk around seemingly every corner. These are kids who are very aware of the magical hierarchy … and of their low place in it.

(Since you might be wondering what the deal is, the following disclaimer is featured on the “Puffs” website: “Puffs is a stage play written by Matt Cox as a transformative & transfigured work under the magic that is US Fair Use laws. Puffs is not authorised, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.”)

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ORONO - If I were to tell you about seeing a possessed puppet and the disaffected teenager attached to it take over a small-town Texas church basement, you might think I was describing some sort of fever dream.

In fact, I’d be talking about “Hand to God,” the latest production mounted by Orono’s Some Theatre Company. The Tony-nominated play – written by Robert Askins – is directed by Elaine Bard; the show runs through June 23 at the Keith Anderson Community House in Orono.

It’s a dark and provocative comedy, packed with blue language and blasphemy; the piece offers up challenge after unapologetic challenge, daring to cross any line you might think of. It is profane and wicked and thoughtful – as smart as it is discomfiting.

And it is REALLY funny.

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