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

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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All The Colors Of Cuba - photography exhibit by Pamela Davis
May
19
to May 21

All The Colors Of Cuba - photography exhibit by Pamela Davis

The Old White Church
Friday, May 19th - 5 - 9 PM
Saturday, May 20th - 1 - 4 PM (also open during Family Country Dance)
Sunday, May 21st - 1 - 4 PM
Open by appointment through the summer.  Please call 929-6472

Pamela Davis is an award winning photographer.

Her love for photography occurred during her college years. "Watching my first black and white image appear in the chemicals was magic, and I was hooked!"  Photography has changed many times over the years and the onset of the digital era brought a boon to the ability to create art using computers and many forms of software.  

"Having always wanted to visit the country of CUBA, I found my chance with a tour in 2013. I fell in love with the people, the architectural details, the colors, and most of all the the opportunity to practice my craft of street photography.  I have been back to Cuba 4 times and look forward to my next visit with the friends I have made and the families I have fallen in love with.”

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May
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Second Coming of Joan of Arc

Tickets are $20 / $18. 

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

From widely acclaimed Maine lesbian feminist playwright Carolyn Gage comes the explosive feminist classic about teenage, runaway, lesbian Joan of Arc, returning from the dead to share  with contemporary audiences her harrowing experiences and passionate, radical perspective.  Boston actor Julia Reddy brings Carolyn Gage’s Joan to life in a performance that has been called a "girl power epic.”  

This electrifying play provokes, challenges, and inspires, and is at least as relevant in today’s turbulent times as it was in the late 1980s when it crashed onto the scene with a first-class production in Brazil, where it was the top-selling commercial show in Rio and São Paolo, and toured a dozen cities.  It is currently in development for first-class production in Rome, and a Mandarin translation is making the rounds in Beijing in secret underground productions, for which the producer risks incarceration. The play won “pick of the festival” at last year’s Capitol Fringe in DC. 

Some of the most famous activists and feminist writers in the world have endorsed this play, incuding Andrea Dworkin, Phyllis Chesler, Jewelle Gomez, and John Stoltenberg. It has been featured at international festivals, taught widely in Gender and Women’s Studies departments, and toured with great success for twenty-two years.  It is the title work of an anthology that won the Lambda Literary Award in Drama. 

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The Originals present CHAPATTI by Christian O'Reilly
Apr
21
to Apr 29

The Originals present CHAPATTI by Christian O'Reilly

April 21st , 22nd , 27th , 28th , and 29th - 7:30PM
April 23rd - 2:30PM

Romance has been an elusive dream for two lonely animal lovers living in Dublin, Ireland. But when, through a chance encounter, Dan, (Dana Packard) and his beloved dog Chapatti, cross paths with Betty (Jennifer Porter) and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark sets the stage for a warm and gentle story about two people rediscovering the importance of human companionship. Can a dog person and a cat person overcome their differences and find love?

“Poignant, funny, and surprising, CHAPATTI is a mix of charm and intensity…a truly rich, wonderful experience.” -ChicagoTheatreBeat.com

“An exquisite pas de deux that will speak to everyone.” -Chicago Theatre Review

Tickets : $20 for adults, $18 for Students and Senior Citizens

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

Friday April 21 at 7:30

Saturday April 22 at 7:30

Sunday April 23 at 2:30

Thursday April 27 at 7:30

Friday April 28 at 7:30

Saturday April 29 at 7:30

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THE WHALES OF AUGUST from The Daytime Players
Mar
31
to Apr 2

THE WHALES OF AUGUST from The Daytime Players

As part of its initiative to support senior Maine theater artists, SRT is proud to sponsor The Daytime Players' production of "The Whales of August," by David Berry, at The Old White Church, Friday and Saturday, March 31st and April 1st, at 7:30, and Sunday, April 2nd, at 2:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM for evening shows, and 2:00 PM for the matinee. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are $10 at the door by cash or check.  Purchase online by clicking a date below:

Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 1st at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 2nd at 2:30pm

THE WHALES OF AUGUST TUSSLES WITH QUESTIONS OF AGING

The Whales of August, a classic of modern theater by playwright David Berry, is set on an island off the coast of Maine. In it a 70-year-old sister, who is a virtual servant to her needy older sister, desperately wants to break out on her own and experience life again. And if there is romance in her future, so be it.

The Daytime Players’ production of The Whales of August is probably the first (at least in the Portland area) featuring an age-appropriate cast. The leading characters in the script are 75 and 86 years old. They are played here by actresses 70 and 85. The rest of the characters in the script are seniors. So is this cast.

Why is it important to have an older cast?” asks director Katy Marshall. “The script deals with some important issues brought on by aging – whether to give in and forgive long-standing grievances or carry them to the grave, whether it is seemly to fall in love again, what will become of us in old age, who will take care of us, will we have enough money to live out our years comfortably? It’s a long list that would be very difficult for younger actors to enact.

Whales star Muriel Kenderdine, who has to be the grand dame of Portland theater, "is as talented as anyone around,” Marshall says. Kenderdine’s list of roles and shows stretch back 63 years – musicals, comedies, dramas, movies, ads, you name it. Her only concession to aging is that she doesn’t do high-stepping dance numbers anymore.

The Daytime Players is a troupe of senior actors, directors and playwrights. The group has an open-door policy, welcoming anyone who wants to be involved. They can be reached at k_mars43@yahoo.com.

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The Daytime Players present THE MENNONITE AND THE BARTENDER
Dec
2
to Dec 4

The Daytime Players present THE MENNONITE AND THE BARTENDER

Special Guests Katy and Harley Marshall of
The Daytime Players present
THE MENNONITE AND THE BARTENDER
at The OLD WHITE CHURCH

Reservations advised: All tickets $10.
Call 207-929-6472 or buy now online:

DECEMBER 2 AT 7:30PM
DECEMBER 3 AT 2:30PM
DECEMBER 4 AT 2:30PM

THE MENNONITE AND THE BARTENDER is a warm, autobiographical comedy about a bartender’s search for the girl of his dreams during the turbulent hippie years of the ’60s. This funny and touching play is written and performed by Katy and Harley Marshall, theater veterans who operated an Equity company in Kansas City, and have made Maine their home for the past six years.  Harley has been featured with The Originals’ in MARVIN’S ROOM, and THE UNDERPANTS, and we are pleased to welcome Katy and him for this very special production.

The Marshalls are members of the Daytime Players, a unique troupe of senior actors, writers and directors whose readings and productions will be featured during SRT’s 2017 season as an extension of our Senior Playwriting initiative. 

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ERICA BROWN and THE BLUEGRASS CONNECTION
Nov
26
7:30 PM19:30

ERICA BROWN and THE BLUEGRASS CONNECTION

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.  Erica was a recipient of a 2006 Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award and was recognized as a Master Artist by the Maine Arts Commission that same year.  Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays.

Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

"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

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JENNIFER PORTER
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

JENNIFER PORTER

With a recent Independent Music Award Nomination, and her music now featured on dozens of radio stations across the United States and abroad, including KJAZZ in Los Angeles, WWOZ in New Orleans, Jazz London Radio, and Public Radio International’s Jazz After Hours, SRT’s own “musician’s musician” once again brings her singular versatility to our stage.  With her one-in-a-million voice, and warm, easygoing presence, Jennifer never fails to entertain, thrill, and inspire.  Be sure to make reservations early for this very special evening!
 
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 Yannow, author of The Jazz Singers
 
The singing, the musicianship, are outstanding!” – Bob Collins, Jazz Producer, WRHU, New York
 
 “Jennifer Porter is an incredibly talented woman. We are lucky to have someone of her caliber living right here in our

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DENNY BREAU
Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

DENNY BREAU

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. With his consummate sideman Frank Coffin on Bass, 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.  A recent Dirty Linen review of Denny’s solo CD of “neighborly song portraits of weathered souls” said that “listening to Denny nimbly bend his acoustic steel strings…one can hear a jazz player’s elegant fluidity.”  Denny is a triple threat: a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and a singer with “a voice that is warm and inviting but completely unpretentious - much like the singer himself,” according to Lucky Clark.

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The Originals present ANGEL STREET (aka Gaslight)
Oct
21
to Oct 31

The Originals present ANGEL STREET (aka Gaslight)

It is 1880 in London, and all is not well in the spooky, austere three-story house on Angel Street, where Mr. Jack Manningham (Brian Chamberlain) lives with his wife Bella (Jennifer Porter). Much to Jack’s consternation, Bella appears to be slowly losing her grip on reality, a loss which, like that of her mother before her, assures her confinement and demise in a state-run asylum for the insane.  But is it the dark and sinister house itself that is slowly driving the poor woman out of her mind?...A house where the gaslights brighten and dim without apparent provocation?...Where tapping noises and muffled footsteps can be heard coming from the sealed-off third floor?  One evening, while her husband is out, Bella is visited by the amiable Sergeant Rough (Dana Packard) of Scotland Yard, who seems to know a great deal about the history of the wretched house; and what he knows will send Bella on a dangerous and terrifying fight for her life.  Don’t miss this iconic Victorian thriller, as the Originals cap off their “Season of Suspense!” Also featuring: Elisabeth Hardcastle as the saucy maid, Nancy, and Cheryl McMahon as the loyal housekeeper, Elizabeth.

Adults $20 , Students and Seniors $18
Thursday October 27th pay-what-you-can

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EVA
Aug
27
7:30 PM19:30

EVA

EVA - Featuring breathtaking voices with roots in Australia, Ireland, the UK & the USA, EVA performs a seamless mix of traditional and contemporary original folk music. Kath Buckell, Liz Simmons and Nicole Zuraitis lend their three distinct voices to songs that meld worldly sensibilities with time-honored musical traditions. EVA's powerful three-part vocal harmonies are bedded on the textured landscape of guitar, piano, and percussion.

EVA has been touring with legendary singer/songwriters Livingston Taylor (brother to James Taylor and top 40 hit-maker), Tom Chapin ( 3 x Grammy winner and brother to Harry Chapin 'Cat's In The Cradle') and the iconic singer/songwriter MELANIE, who catapulted to fame at Woodstock '69 festival, and who has sold over 80 million records worldwide with hits such as 'Brand New Key', 'Lay Down Candles In The Rain' and 'Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma'.

General Admission: $20.00 
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CJ CHENIER with THE BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO BAND
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

CJ CHENIER with THE BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO BAND

Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, continues to recuperate from radiation treatments for a localized recurrence of lung cancer. He is expected to recover fully, however his doctors have advised him that he will need a bit more time to recuperate.

Longtime friend, C.J. Chenier, son of “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, will step in and help out by subbing for Dural with Buck’s crack Buckwheat Zydeco Ils Sont Partis Band on shows in Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Woonsocket, RI, Buxton, ME, Rockport, MA and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Other August dates will be cancelled or postponed. 

 

“I hope everyone knows I truly believe ‘the show must go on’ and I've always tried to make that happen,” said Dural. “Thanks so much to my friend C.J. for stepping in on some of these dates. I’m feeling much better and I’m raring to go! But, my doctors want me to rest up more and build up my strength more before hitting the road again so I'm sorry to say we will need to cancel or postpone some more shows. Sorry folks. It’s been a rough few months! But, I will be back. Soon. And, you can take that to your best bank.”

He completed a ten-day course of radiation in Baton Rouge at the end of June that is expected to have eliminated or controlled the cancer recurrence. Meantime, he is being treated with medications to reduce inflammation and he is progressing very well. 

General Admission: $35.00 
Students and Seniors: $30.00 

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