Art is Community IX
Nov
2
to Dec 8

Art is Community IX

STARTING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at The Old White Church

FREE - Reception with the artists Friday November 2 - 4 PM to 8 PM. 
Gallery hours - Saturday, November 3 - 10 AM to 5 PM,
and Sunday, November 4 - 10 AM to 2 PM. 

For more information or admission by appointment please call 
Pat Packard at 929-6472 or Susan Orfant at 642-4219

Sponsored by the Saco River Art League, this popular, annual, juried show and sale of exceptional regional art and fine crafts, includes paintings, sculptures and child-friendly interactive art-making for visitors during the opening weekend. 

The show remains hanging through December 8th.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Saco River Theatre. 

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Villain: DeBlanks (for KIDS!) comedy benefit
Nov
3
2:30 PM14:30

Villain: DeBlanks (for KIDS!) comedy benefit

Billy Mitchell's VILLAIN: DEBLANKS
The fill-in-the-blanks comedy is a pay-what-you-can benefit for SRT!

Reservations: 207-929-6476 or BUY ONLINE NOW

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ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SACO RIVER THEATRE!

A Time Out New York Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell (SRT’s graphic arts director, and a favorite cast member of early Originals productions such as HAIR, THE 1940s RADIO HOUR, and TEN LITTLE INDIANS) VILLAIN: DeBLANKS is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the wilder, the better) and the actors provide the laughs—uncensored and unrehearsed—as they solve the mystery of Philip DeBlanks’ untimely demise. It’s “Clue” meets Mad Libs!  Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each hilarious performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind.

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Featuring SRT board member and Hollywood actor, Richard McGonagle, Originals founders Jennifer Porter and Dana Packard, plus veterans William McDonough III, Elisabeth Hardcastle, and Claudia Schneider!  

MADCAP HILARITY! What happens when you mix equal parts Murder, She Wrote with Mad Libs? You get Billy Mitchell’s rib-tickling theatrical confection.”
–BroadwayWorld.com 

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Villain: DeBlanks comedy benefit
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Villain: DeBlanks comedy benefit

Billy Mitchell's VILLAIN: DEBLANKS
The fill-in-the-blanks comedy is a pay-what-you-can benefit for SRT!

Reservations: 207-929-6476 or BUY ONLINE NOW

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ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SACO RIVER THEATRE!

A Time Out New York Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell (SRT’s graphic arts director, and a favorite cast member of early Originals productions such as HAIR, THE 1940s RADIO HOUR, and TEN LITTLE INDIANS) VILLAIN: DeBLANKS is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the wilder, the better) and the actors provide the laughs—uncensored and unrehearsed—as they solve the mystery of Philip DeBlanks’ untimely demise. It’s “Clue” meets Mad Libs!  Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each hilarious performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind.

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Featuring SRT board member and Hollywood actor, Richard McGonagle, Originals founders Jennifer Porter and Dana Packard, plus veterans William McDonough III, Elisabeth Hardcastle, and Claudia Schneider!  

MADCAP HILARITY! What happens when you mix equal parts Murder, She Wrote with Mad Libs? You get Billy Mitchell’s rib-tickling theatrical confection.”
–BroadwayWorld.com 

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Rhythm Future Quartet
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Rhythm Future Quartet

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We are thrilled to welcome back these rising stars in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz! The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

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Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. 

Olli Soikkeli recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 21 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. 

Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz”
-The Boston Globe

“[Rhythm Future Quartet] have rocketed the music into the future by incorporating multiple influences…teaming it with their own virtuosity and playing it all with a joyful abandon that is downright infectious”
-Huffington Post

“…worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django”
-The Wall St. Journal

“These young men are incredible!!! Don’t miss them…such dedication and love of music to witness!”
-The Washington Post

“Jason Anick is a rising star in the world of jazz violin”
-Downbeat Magazine

General Admission: $30.00 
Students and Seniors: $25.00

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Al Copley Quartet
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Al Copley Quartet

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Don’t miss the astounding pianist, singer, arranger, and co-founder of “Roomful of Blues,” the renowned Grammy-nominated American jump band, now with its own jumping, jiving, swinging quartet.  Bring your dancing shoes to the aisles for this rollicking, uplifting concert!

“Capable of evoking at once Jay McShann, Memphis Slim or…Art Tatum…; Copley interprets the blues most joyfully by his great sense of humor…his sense of swing and phrasing are a wonder…great conviction…”  — Bulletin of the Jazz Hot Club of France

General Admission: $30.00 
Students and Seniors: $25.00

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Mozart: Out of Thin Air - with Joe Arsenault
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Mozart: Out of Thin Air - with Joe Arsenault

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Originals’ longtime pianist, SRT Treasurer, and modern Renaissance man, Joe Arsenault will present the first in a series of conversations at the piano in which he shares and demonstrates insights on composers, piano works, philosophy…wherever the music takes him – and us.  Time in the presence of Joe’s far-reaching mind is something special, and not to be missed!

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Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection

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Fiddle prodigy Erica was competing at seven, touring at nine and recording at fifteen, when she made her SRT debut with the Old Time Radio Gang. Now her own five piece Bluegrass Band is enjoying great popularity and returns for their annual Bluegrass / Country / Folk hoedown! With Matt Shipman on guitar and vocals, Ken Taylor on bass, Steve Roy on Mandolin and vocals, and Read McNamara on Banjo.

"For the music of her heritage and her age, there's no one any better." - Don Roy

"One of the best fiddlers in Maine...The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name."  - Darol Anges

General Admission: $20.00 
Students and Seniors: $18.00

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Denny Breau
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Denny Breau

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Denny has been one of Maine’s best-known and most beloved performers for over thirty years. Winner of the Maine Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award, Songwriter of the Year, eight-time winner of Instrumentalist of the Year, and the youngest inductee to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.  Denny presents sizzling guitar solos, touching original songs, and an amazing Chet Atkins medley, all with infectious humor, making him a favorite wherever he goes.  He mixes genres with ease — folk, Delta blues, country and jazz — “creating a totally accessible musical mélange that captivates as it entertains.” - Lucky Clark, Kennebec Journal.

General Admission: $20.00 
Students and Seniors: $18.00

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Jennifer Porter "These Years" CD Release Concert
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Jennifer Porter "These Years" CD Release Concert

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Don’t miss this very special evening, celebrating the much-anticipated release of SRT Artistic Director and Independent Music Award nomineeJennifer Porter’s new album, “These Years,”from legendary Grammy-award winning producer Jay Newland!  Joining Jennifer on stage are two great players who appear on the album: Adam Levy- guitar (Nora Jones, Tracey Chapman) and John Deley- keyboards (Dido); and guest bassist Damon Banks (George Benson, Neville Brothers).  Matt Langley– saxophone, Dana Packard- drums, and back-up singers Emily Gerry, Wendi Sweet McPike, and Jennifer’s sister, Alicia Miller round out the stellar band.

“These Years” includes five fantastic new original songs by Jennifer, and five songs made famous by The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Tom Waits, and features some of the finest session musicians in the world, plus guest appearances by Country Music Hall Of Famer, Charlie McCoyand Grammy-nominated Zydeco great C. J. Chenier.  In addition to music from the album, the concert will include additional original songs by Jennifer, classic Blues, Soul, Boogie-woogie music, and funky renditions of holiday favorites. 

Jennifer Porter is an incredibly talented woman. We are lucky to have someone of her caliber living right here in our own state where we can listen to her at any time.” –Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland, ME 

Blessed with a beautiful voice and an infectious musical spirit... Jennifer simply swings, does not waste a note, and every sound she creates is lovely... (She) always uplifts the classic material she sings, making it sound both timeless and new.” Scott Yanow author of The Jazz Singers 

Jennifer is wonderful!” Mark Landesman, WWOZ, New Orleans, LA

General Admission: $30.00 
Students and Seniors: $25.00

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Duke Robillard
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Duke Robillard

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"One of the great players" BB King

"Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality." the New York Times

"Most everything Duke Robillard has done as a guitarist during the past four-plus decades...bears witness to his musical intelligence and his dedication to his craft".- Downbeat

"Robillard's ability to play across the spectrum of blues is legendary. Few players can move stylistically from Texas to Kansas City to Chicago's West Side, but Robillard makes it seem easy."- Guitar Player

"A guitarist's guitarist, prolific producer, and master of all things blues, Duke Robillard walks the tightrope between traditionalism and experimentation...He's a master of many styles who moves forward while maintaining a firm grounding in the past."- Blues Revue

GRAMMY Nominations for Best Traditional Blues Album for 2010 Stomp! The Blues Tonight and 2006 Guitar Groove-a-Rama. The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 & 2008.

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Don Roy Trio
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Don Roy Trio

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Favorites on the SRT stage for many years, Maine champion fiddler Don Roy, with Cindy Roy (piano and step dancing) and Jay Young (bass) specialize in traditional roots music from the Maritimes and Quebec, and Celtic Music.  The Don Roy Ensemble has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, appeared with Garrison Keillor, and performed on two occasions at the Kennedy Center.  Don’t miss this lively evening of great traditional music!

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SRT Classical Music Series
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

SRT Classical Music Series

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SRT Classical Music Series presents: From Juilliard - Noree Chamber Soloists

 

Cellist Yi Qun Xu, a native of China, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States.  She has won top prizes in China’s national cello competitions as well as second prize at the Juilliard Concerto Competition, first prizes in the 2017 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition, 2008 Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, and the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition.  

The special prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Yoon Lee is a solo pianist, chamber musician, and teacher, active in the New York metropolitan area. Yoon has been on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Château de Fontainebleau in France, and the Schumann-Haus Museum in Leipzig, in addition to many other stages of New York, Europe, and Seoul.  Her live performances have been featured on WQXR, the American classical radio station that serves the New York metropolitan area, and KBS, the national television station of South Korea.

A native of North Carolina, violinist Amelia Dietrich thrives to be one of the most versatile and sensitive players of her generation. An avid chamber musician, Amelia has performed in chamber series all over the United States including Alice Tully Hall’s Wednesdays at One, National Sawdust, Colburn Chamber Music Society, and Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival among others alongside her mentors and inspirations Robert McDonald, Alessio Bax, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Hye-Jin Kim, Hagai Shaham, David Bowlin, Steve Tenenbom, Nicholas Cords, Roger Tapping, Michael Kanen, Marc Coppey, and Adam Neiman. She has spent summers at the Internationale Sommerakademie in Austria, Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, The Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, and Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  

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DunCreagan
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

DunCreagan

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DunCreagan, a band known for innovative renditions of traditional Irish and Scottish music, was one of the first musical acts to perform at Saco River Theatre twenty-eight years ago.  They recently announced their return to action after a six nation European tour, with sold out gigs Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Florence.  The trio of Tom McKean (lead vocals, bodhrán, bouzouki), Carrick Eggleston (accordion), and Kelley Bishop (guitar, harmonicas), are joined again by the talented fiddler Sarah Collins, formerly of Chasing Redbird. Within DunCreagan’s new material, a fresh chemistry emerges as the accordion and fiddle roll seamlessly through jigs and reels, contrasting with the brooding, unpretentious quality of McKean’s voice and Bishop’s punctuated guitar style.

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David Mallett
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

David Mallett

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David Mallett returns once again, after an unforgettable sold out show last year! David is one of America’s true original troubadours. In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic, “Garden Song” and has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison KraussPete SeegerHal KetchumEmmylou HarrisJohn Denver, and The Muppets.

“Few people could be called the living embodiment of the state where they live. But what Garrison Keillor is to Minnesota, Mallett is to Maine.” - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

“David Mallett is the best folk singer alive in America today.” - Dan McCullough, Cape Cod Times

“Dave Mallett may be the only artist working today who’s portraits and stories, derived from the American heartland, can come close to being compared to the works of Stephen Foster.”  - Steve Lacrosse, Popular Folk Music Today

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The Originals present Accomplice by Rupert Holmes
Jul
20
to Jul 28

The Originals present Accomplice by Rupert Holmes

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Winner of The Mystery Writers Of America’s coveted Edgar Award, Rupert Holmes' confounding whodunit ACCOMPLICE begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of Janet and Derek Taylor, who are to be entertaining Derek’s business partner Jonathan Becker and his wife Melinda for the weekend.  Danger, deception, and delicious skullduggery abound, as the four learn that things are never quite as they seem, and one can never be too sure who is the hunter and who the hunted in this electrifying and hilarious whodunit.  Will they ever figure out, who exactly is…The ACCOMPLICE?

Featuring Jennifer Porter, Bill Mootos, Dana Packard, and Elisabeth Hardcastle.  Directed by Dana Packard

The Comedy Thriller of all Comedy Thrillers!” –The Los Angeles Times

Part murder mystery, part sex farce, and completely entertaining…suspenseful, charming, and funny!” -USA Today

Miss it at your peril!” -The Los Angeles Herald Examiner

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C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

New time: Saturday, June 9 at 7:30.

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Grammy-nominated, world-renowned musician and recording artist, CJ Chenier has performed with many internationally recognized artists including his legendary father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul SimonJoe Sample, and The Gin Blossoms.  He has been featured on the Jon Stewart ShowCNNVH1 and Entertainment Weekly, and this year his iconic accordion will be heard on our own Jennifer Porter’s new album!   In addition to a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received the Living Blues Critics’ Poll AwardIndie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco AlbumCoups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l'Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat Magazine).  Last year’s show was an unforgettable, joyous night, with people dancing in the aisles, and we expect the same magic this time!

“C.J. is like the Hank Jr of zydeco and he not only knows the music's roots, he sees it's future.” - Midwest Records

“One of the best zydeco party bands on the planet” - Jazz Police 

This event sponsored by Dead River Company.

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A Bridge Under a Sound Over a Town by Stowell Watters
Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

A Bridge Under a Sound Over a Town by Stowell Watters

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Saturday, June 2nd at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 3rd at 2:30pm

Cally Grover graduates from college and moves back home to Buxton, Maine to find her family and town utterly changed. As an unidentifiable noise issues out over the skyline of the small town and strange characters emerge from the woods, Cally tries to resurrect her sleeping father and reconnect to her old home.

Stowell Watters’ New Play inspired by stories of people from the Buxton / Hollis / Limington / Standish community.

 

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Hiroya
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Hiroya

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Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He has been leading concerts internationally, including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City.  Hiroya has performed, recorded and shared the stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks (Brother Sun), and many others.

"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended."   - JazzReview.com

"His music is earthy, organic and an amalgam of elements imported from diverse genres"  -The Groove

"...imparts a mood of piece and tranquility."  -The Live Music Report

“HiroyaTsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth. " -Celine Keating (author / Acoustic Magazine / minor7th)

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Milltown Roadshow
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Milltown Roadshow

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Milltown Roadshow is a five-piece band based in and around Bridgton, Maine, featuring a unique blend of “Americana” music drawn from a variety of genres as well as a selection of well crafted original songs.  With excellent harmonies and strong instrumentation, this sometimes thought provoking, sometimes emotional and always energetic group is sure to deliver a memorable entertainment experience.

“Absolutely wonderful! They are the first band we book each summer because they put on such a nice show. We just love their music! I have no hesitation at all to recommend them.”  - Dea Dea Robbins, community concert series coordinator, Naples, ME

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The Originals present Educating Rita
Apr
20
to Apr 28

The Originals present Educating Rita

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APRIL 20 - 7:30
APRIL 21 - 7:30
APRIL 22 - 2:30
APRIL 26 - 7:30
APRIL 27 - 7:30
APRIL 28 - 7:30

Rita (Jennifer Porter) a witty and down-to-earth working-class hairdresser from Liverpool, in a courageous break for personal freedom, signs up for an adult education class, and finds herself under the grudging tutelage of Frank (Dana Packard) a cynical, alcoholic English professor.  Bursting with curiosity and stymied by circumstance, Rita idealizes the privileged academic world of which she so longs to be a part.  Frank, a failed poet, long-since disillusioned by what he sees as the charade of academia, smothers his bitterness with booze and a talent for mockery.  Rita’s exuberance brings much needed air, and even joy, into Frank’s staid world, and the friendship that develops between the unlikely pair educates them both in unexpected ways.

"Warmly written...It is the interchange of feeling and realization of new approaches to life on both sides that make this play of particular interest." - London Telegraph

"A marvelous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy tale with a quizzical, half happy ending." - London Times

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A Christmas Carol
Dec
10
2:30 PM14:30

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

$20 / $18 · Reservations: 207-929-6476 or
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Sunday, December 10 - 2:30 matinee
Sunday, December 10 - 7:30 evening

Neil McGarry’s stunning one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol won “Best Solo Performance of 2014” from the Independent Reviewers of New England and was named named “Best of Boston” by critic Jules Becker. Using only Charles Dickens’ original text, McGarry delivers a riveting performance of the classic holiday story, portraying each and every character — fully staged, complete with dancing! This one-man tour de force is simultaneously moving and entertaining, and something much richer than expected.

“MCGARRY’S PERFORMANCE IS EXTRAORDINARY ... A MAGICAL ALCHEMY ABSORBS AND INVOLVES THE AUDIENCE AND HOLDS THEM SPELLBOUND” – Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review

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The Originals present Always...Patsy Cline
Dec
1
to Dec 9

The Originals present Always...Patsy Cline

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Back by popular demand for the second time in sixteen years, The Originals reprise their 2001 Maine Premiere production of this now wildly popular show! A music legend and pioneer in country music, Patsy Cline’s unique stylings remain as relevant and popular today as they were over five decades ago. The original cross-over sensation, topping the country and pop charts, Cline paved the way for artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood. Always... Patsy Cline is based on a touching true story affectionately told through letters written between Patsy (Jennifer Porter) and her biggest fan turned confidant, Louise Segar (Molly Bryant Roberts.) A genuine bond of friendship, which began over a cup of coffee, lasted until Cline’s untimely death in 1963. Told through down-home country humor, heartache and celebration, Always... Patsy Cline takes audiences through the ups and downs, from her breakthrough on live radio, to her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry. Featuring 27 unforgettable hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” this musical memory book is a glorious tribute to the one-of-a-kind sound of Patsy Cline! With Joe Arsenault - piano, Jim Lyden - bass, Jonathan Paul - guitar, and Dana Packard - Drums. 

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Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection

Tickets $18/$20

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

 Maine Bluegrass favorite Erica Brown returns again for her traditional post-Thanksgiving SRT concert.  Erica started young as a fiddle prodigy, and is now one of Maine’s leaders in Bluegrass music. Her playing and singing are impeccable and stylistically spot on, and bring to mind Alison Krauss.  If you like traditional music played beautifully, you won’t want to miss this show.  With Matt Shipman on guitar and vocals, Ken Taylor on bass, Steve Roy on Mandolin and vocals, and Read McNamara on Banjo.

"There's no one any better." - Don Roy

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Art is Community VIII
Nov
17
to Nov 19

Art is Community VIII

ART IS COMMUNITY VIII - at The Old White Church

FREE
Reception with the artists Friday November 17th - 4 PM to 8 PM. 
Gallery hours - Saturday, November 18th - 10 AM to 2 PM,
and Sunday, November 19th - 10 AM to 4 PM. 

For more information or admission by appointment please call
Pat Packard at 929-6472 or Susan Orfant at 642-4219

Sponsored by the Saco River Art League, this popular, annual, juried show and sale of exceptional regional art and fine crafts, includes paintings, sculptures and child-friendly interactive art-making for visitors during the opening weekend.  FREE.  Donations are appreciated. The show remains hanging through December 11th.   A portion of proceeds will benefit Saco River Theatre.

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Choro Louco
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

Choro Louco

 

Choro Louco

$20 / $18 · Reservations: 207-929-6472 or BUY ONLINE NOW

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Brazilian Choro is a musical genre that has been around for over a hundred years. Its beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and syncopated rhythms combine elements of European folk and classical, ragtime, jazz, Latin, and African music, creating a style that is uniquely Brazilian and enormously appealing.

Portland-based Choro Louco was formed in 2013 by a group of accomplished musicians who have all established themselves as virtuosos in other genres - ranging from classical music and jazz, to Celtic, klezmer and Middle Eastern music. The band members are Carl Dimow (guitar, flute, bass flute), Nicole Rabata (flute), David Newsam (8-string guitar, mandolin), Joel Eckhaus (cavaquinho, mandolin) and Eric LaPerna (pandeiro, bongos).

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Arts in Education Open House & Community Conversation
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Arts in Education Open House & Community Conversation

You are Invited!
Arts in Our Schools K-12
Open House and Community Conversation

 

Hosted by:
Saco River Theatre, at The Old White Church
15 Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills (Buxton) ME 04093

Join our local school teachers and students to learn about the arts in our schools, and how the SAD 6 community can take advantage of new opportunities for arts education and community involvement! 

6 to 6:30 - Open House - student arts exhibits, music and refreshments 

6:30 to 7:30 - Join a conversation with:
Student Speakers and Arts Teachers - Talk about the arts in our schools
Maine Alliance for Arts Education Director Susan Potters - Talk about the increased opportunities for arts in our schools offered by recent federal education legislation - ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

 www.maineartsed.org

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Villain: DeBlanks comedy benefit
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Villain: DeBlanks comedy benefit

Billy Mitchell's
VILLAIN: DEBLANKS
The fill-in-the-blanks comedy

$25 / $22 · Reservations: 207-929-6476 or BUY ONLINE NOW

Proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine and Saco River Theatre.

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A Time Out NY Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell (SRT’s graphic arts director, and a favorite cast member of early Originals productions such as HAIR, THE 1940s RADIO HOUR, and TEN LITTLE INDIANS) VILLAIN: DeBLANKS is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the wilder, the better) and the actors provide the laughs—uncensored and unrehearsed—as they solve the mystery of Philip DeBlanks’ untimely demise. It’s “Clue” meets adult Mad Libs, performed by the funniest people in show biz. Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each hilarious performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind.

Cast includes Tony-nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe’s Café, SMASH), Hollis resident and Hollywood actor, Richard McGonagle (500 Days of Summer), hilarious Off-Broadway dynamo Marissa Rosen (Tony & Tina's Wedding, Bedbugs the musical), Broadway funnyman Todd Buonopane (Cinderella, Chicago, 30 Rock) and The Originals co-founders Dana Packard and Jennifer Porter

MADCAP HILARITY! What happens when you mix equal parts Murder, She Wrote with Mad Libs? You get Billy Mitchell’s rib-tickling theatrical confection.–BroadwayWorld.com

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Leap of Faith - Courtney Anne Porter
Oct
6
to Nov 11

Leap of Faith - Courtney Anne Porter

LEAP OF FAITH
A Photo Exhibit by Courtney Anne Porter

At The Old White Church

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 · 5:00-9:00 PM
Opening Reception with the artist

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 & 8 · 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FREE. Donations are appreciated.
Also open by appointment through November 11, 2017.
Please call 207-929-6472

Be sure to see this beautiful exhibit inspired by Courtney Anne Porter’s two-and-a-half-year journey through Montenegro, The Balkans, and Europe.  The photographs are an exploration of the former Yugoslavian states and the artist’s self-discovery as she traveled through Montenegro and its environs.  Don’t be surprised if you want to bring home one or more of these stunning photos.  A portion of proceeds will benefit Saco River Theatre.

Learn more about Courtney and her photography in the exhibit's digital booklet, available here.

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CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band

Tickets $25/$30

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

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Grammy-nominated, world-renowned musician and recording artist, CJ Chenier has performed with many internationally recognized artists including his legendary father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul SimonJoe Sample, and The Gin Blossoms. He has been featured on the Jon Stewart ShowCNNVH1 and Entertainment Weekly.   In addition to a Grammy award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received the Living Blues Critics’ Poll AwardIndie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco AlbumCoups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l'Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat Magazine).  We are thrilled to have CJ back at SRT for the third time in six years!  

“Although Chenier belongs to one of the most famous Zydeco musician families in recent history, his music can equally be described as blues, where the dazzling accordion plays the role of the electric guitar or harmonica.” 
- World Music Central (read the whole article here)

“C.J. is like the Hank Jr of zydeco and he not only knows the music's roots, he sees it's future.” 
- Midwest Records

“One of the best zydeco party bands on the planet” 
- Jazz Police 

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Special Benefit Concert! “At the River” - An Afternoon of American Songs with Baritone Peter Allen and Pianist Paul Machlin
Sep
10
3:00 PM15:00

Special Benefit Concert! “At the River” - An Afternoon of American Songs with Baritone Peter Allen and Pianist Paul Machlin

Tickets $20/$18

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

Peter Allen and Paul Machlin are a wonderful musical duo who have, between them, been affiliated with the Portland Choral Arts Society, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks Choral of Lexington, MA, Port Opera, Surry Opera, Yale, Bowdoin, Harvard, and Colby colleges, among many others. They have generously designed this river-themed program for the Saco River Theatre, and are donating ticket sales to our organization.  Please join us for this very special event!

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NOVEL JAZZ SEPTET
Sep
2
7:30 PM19:30

NOVEL JAZZ SEPTET

Tickets $18/$20

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

The Novel Jazz Septet features the music of the great American jazz composers Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The band will highlight well-known tunes, plus rare, vintage gems, recently unearthed from original scores at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  The septet's members hail from Portland, Belfast, Northport, Newcastle, Gardiner, Augusta and Waterville, and travel far and wide, keeping the spirit of Duke and Sweet Pea alive and swinging!

“These are all seasoned jazz guys, and the result is a sound that made me sway, smile, groove, slow-dance with myself around the living room and play the air snare drums.” – Aimsel Ponti, Portland Press Herald

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DAVID MALLETT
Aug
12
7:30 PM19:30

DAVID MALLETT

Tickets $25/$30

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

David Mallett returns once again, after an unforgettable sold out show last year! David is one of America’s true original troubadours. In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic, “Garden Song” and has performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, and The Muppets.
 
“Few people could be called the living embodiment of the state where they live. But what Garrison Keillor is to Minnesota, Mallett is to Maine.”  - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
 
“David Mallett is the best folk singer alive in America today.” -Dan McCullough, Cape Cod Times
 
“Dave Mallett may be the only artist working today who’s portraits and stories, derived from the American heartland, can come close to being compared to the works of Stephen Foster.” - Steve Lacrosse, Popular Folk Music Today

 

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When Swing Was King! A Tribute to Benny Goodman
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

When Swing Was King! A Tribute to Benny Goodman

When Swing Was King! A Tribute to Benny Goodman Featuring Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band With Vocalists Jennifer McNulty and Jennifer Porter

Tickets $25/$30

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

The “King Of Swing’s” Big Band recordings of the 1930’s & 40’s are instantly recognizable and still popular today.  But Benny Goodman also featured a great small band - a trailblazing ensemble that was considered the first openly integrated band performing in concert halls and in movies.  Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band bring the energy and delicate swing of this iconic group to you, performing some of their best-known material. You’ll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small band style.  Boilermaker’s vocalist Jennifer McNulty and SRT’s Jennifer Porter will bring you selections by Benny’s Gals, including hits by Peggy LeeLiltin’ Martha TiltonHelen Ward and Helen Forrest, backed by some of the finest Jazz musicians in the country.  This concert is not to be missed!

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The Originals present MOON OVER BUFFALO by Ken Ludwig
Jul
21
to Jul 29

The Originals present MOON OVER BUFFALO by Ken Ludwig

This madcap comedy centers on fading stars George and Charlotte Hay (William McDonough III and Jennifer Porter.)  Their glory days long gone, they are consigned to touring the country from one lowbrow theater to another.  The play finds them stuck in Buffalo with their small company, which includes Charlotte’s hard-of-hearing mother, Ethel (Francesca Jellison) who despises George; the stalwart and amiable Paul (Joe Spinelli); and the company ingénue, Eileen (Amanda Painter) who, after a dalliance with George, has found herself in the family way.  Into this powder keg enter the Hays’ daughter, Rosalind, (Elisabeth Hardcastle) who has recently renounced the theater life and its accompanying lunacy; her bumbling new fiancé, local TV weatherman, Howard (Randy Hunt); and The Hays’ attorney, Richard Maynard (Dana Packard) who has designs on Charlotte.  Chaos and hilarity ensue when Charlotte learns of George’s infidelity just as George receives news from their agent that the famous director Frank Capra is considering them for his new movie, and is on his way to Buffalo to see their matinee.  But can the company contain the rollicking insanity long enough for George and Charlotte to finally make it back to the top?

"Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!" USA Today

"Ken Ludwig is one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that’s something to be cherished." The New York Times

"Moon Over Buffalo is hilarious! Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags and neat sense of absurdity. An evening of farcical delight. Go and enjoy!"New York Post

Tickets $20/$18

For reservations call 929-5412, or click a date below to purchase online:

Friday July 21 at 7:30

Saturday July 22 at 7:30

Sunday July 23 at 2:30

Thursday July 27 at 7:30

Friday July 28 at 7:30

Saturday July 29 at 7:30

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Diane Walsh - Pianist
Jul
8
7:30 PM19:30

Diane Walsh - Pianist

Tickets $18/$20

Call for reservations: 207-929-6472, or purchase tickets online now by clicking here.

Preview the musical program by clicking here.

An esteemed artist of distinction, the American pianist DIANE WALSH is regularly heard on disc and in recital, chamber music and concerto performances throughout the world. In addition to possessing a vast and varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bolcom, her recent work on the theatre stage has brought wider recognition of her superlative musical gifts.

Diane Walsh has been guest soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Austin, Delaware, Indianapolis, Portland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Syracuse, and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Abroad, she appeared with the radio symphony orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as orchestras in Brazil, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Russia. Among the noted conductors with whom she has collaborated are Kazuyoshi Akiyama, David Amado, Guillermo Figueroa, Peter Bay, Leon Botstein, Michael Butterman, Grant Cooper, John Giordano, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, Keith Lockhart, John Nelson, Roger Nierenberg, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Ranson Wilson and David Zinman. In recital, Ms. Walsh has been presented in many of the country’s most distinguished venues, among them New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Miller Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, while international sites include Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Dvorák Hall (Prague) and the Mozarteum (Salzburg).

Among her many honors and awards, Diane Walsh includes the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was winner of top prizes in the Munich ARD and Salzburg Mozart competitions, as well as Maryland’s William Kapell International Competition and Italy’s Busoni International Competition. A prizewinner in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, she also won that competition’s chamber music award.

Diane Walsh was associate professor at New York City’s Mannes College of Music for 32 years and, in the Fall of 2015, served as Visiting Artist at Colby College in Maine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak. Ms. Walsh is a Steinway Artist.

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Zydeco Dance Party with The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Zydeco Dance Party with The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

Keeping the legacy of Buckwheat Zydeco Alive!
Tickets -$25/$22

Call for reservations: 207-929-6472, or purchase tickets online now by clicking here.

The legendary band of the recently deceased Zydeco great, Buckwheat Zydeco keeps his legacy alive for all to discover and love.  This is not a tribute band.  This is THE band - arguably the tightest and most exciting Zydeco group in the world.  Come catch the Zydeco spirit and dance the night away!

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The Don Roy Trio
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Don Roy Trio

Tickets $20/$18

Call for reservations: 207-929-6472, or purchase tickets online now by clicking here.

Favorites on the SRT stage for many years, Maine champion fiddler Don Roy, with Cindy Roy (piano and step dancing) and Jay Young (bass) exemplify the driving beat of traditional music.  Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, the Roy’s musical passion lies with the French Canadian tradition, followed closely by Celtic music.  The Don Roy Ensemble has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, appeared with Garrison Keillor, and performed on two occasions at the Kennedy Center.  Don’t miss this lively evening of great traditional music!

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SRT Classical Music Series presents: from Juilliard - Music From Traveling Sounds
May
27
7:30 PM19:30

SRT Classical Music Series presents: from Juilliard - Music From Traveling Sounds

7:30 PM at the Old White Church - 15 Salmon Falls Rd. (next to the theater)

Tickets $20/$18 

Call for reservations: 929-6472 or purchase online now by clicking here.

Preview the performance program by clicking here.

The Saco River Theatre Classical Music Series is proud to present from Juilliard School of Music, "Music from Traveling Sounds."  The brilliant young members of this trio have all won prestigious international awards in their respective instruments, and are among the brightest young talents on the world stage.  Their performance will be followed by open-to-the-public master classes on Sunday, May 28th, from 1 PM to 4 PM (free).  

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Cellist Yi Qun Xu, a native of China, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States.  She has won top prizes in China’s national cello competitions as well as second prize at the Juilliard Concerto Competition, first prizes in the 2017 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition, 2008 Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, and the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition.  

 


The special prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Yoon Lee is a solo pianist, chamber musician, and teacher, active in the New York metropolitan area. Yoon has been on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Château de Fontainebleau in France, and the Schumann-Haus Museum in Leipzig, in addition to many other stages of New York, Europe, and Seoul.  Her live performances have been featured on WQXR, the American classical radio station that serves the New York metropolitan area, and KBS, the national television station of South Korea.


Israeli violinist Kobi Malkin, is making his mark as both as an exciting soloist and a perceptive chamber musician.  As a soloist, Kobi has appeared with the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Music Academy Symphony Orchestra Haifa, New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia, Symphonette Ra’anana, the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra and the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, under the batons of such conductors as Ze'ev Dorman, Stanley Sperber and Hugh Wolff.

Kobi won the prestigious Ilona Kornhauser prize in the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s Aviv Competitions. He performs on a 1701 Pietro Guarneri violin, generously on loan to him by Yehuda Zisapel.

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Family Country Dance
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Family Country Dance

All ages (post toddler.) No experience necessary!
$10 - single
$15 - couple
$20 - family

Call for reservations: 207-929-6472, or purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Dance caller Reggie Osborne, a regular feature on the SRT stage for our first ten years, returns with a dance band comprised of musicians with Old-Timey, New England, Canadian, and British Isles Folk influences.  Reggie has called / taught dances all over New England, and beyond.  The evening will consist of circle, line, square, and novelty dances!  Meet or reunite with neighbors and friends for this festive event!

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