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Midcoast Actors’ Unlocks the Magic of ‘Narnia’

December 9, 2017

Belfast – MAS

Christi Goosman and Angela Domenichelli as the White Witch and Maugrim (courtesy of Leah Bannister)

‘Tis the season for snow in Maine, but if you’re *Christi Goosman, you want it winter all year long. That’s because she is playing the White Witch in Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s new production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, running December 8-17 at The Crosby Center in Belfast.

Based on the classic children’s books by C.S. Lewis, Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie siblings who travel through a wardrobe to the magical world of Narnia, where the evil White Witch and her army battle against Aslan the lion and his animal followers. Aslan the lion comes to life in the form of a giant puppet, designed and built by Director Leah Bannister.

“I wanted to go more abstract and creative, incorporate something unique to the stage,” Bannister says, refering to the puppet. “I didn’t want to do the whole mask thing.”

Aslan is controlled by three puppeteers. Nathan Roach plays the voice of Aslan, as well as one of the puppeteers. Eugene Newton and Chip Curry are the other two. Playing the four children are Gracie, Erin and Chris Hayes and Maci Burgess. The adult versions of the children are played by Roach, Curry, Deb Fournier, and Jen Hart. Portland actor John Dalton Logan is Tumnus. Bryan and Bobbi-Jo Hayes are Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Angela Domenichelli is Maugrim. Olivia Andrews is the centaur. Danielle and Marina Bannister play the dwarf and elf. Jay Holland is the professor and Father Christmas. Various animals are played by Isabelle Holt, Esme Deschamps, Sarah Joy, Teagan Fournier, Patricia Saucier, Jadon and Edna Dodge. Reilly Newton and Daniella Domenichelli fight on the witch’s army.

MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister, who serves as stage manager, producer and lighting designer, is excited about the size of the production.

“With a cast and crew over 40, this is the biggest production for MAS yet,” Bannister says. “After the enormous success of Frankenstein, I am excited to see the audiences flock to the Crosby and see our holiday show. It’s a great way to get out and do something with your whole family this holiday season, right in downtown Belfast.”

Both Bannisters worked together with Greg Marsanskis and Brian Ross on the set design. Linda Marie designs the costumes. Jay Rosenberg is the sound designer. Angela Bonacasa is the fight choreographer, with Roach assisting as fight captain. Ivy Lobato and Marie are in charge of props. Jen Howard, Edna Dodge and Sarah Joy head up the extensive hair and make-up design crew.

An exciting aspect of the production is a special weekday student matinee for 400 RSU 71 students grades 3-5. Artistic Director Bannister hopes MAS can continue to offer weekday matinees for large school groups for the 2018 season, which includes Peter and the Starcatcher in May and The Snow Queen in December. The Crucible in October would be offered for middle and high schoolers.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe runs December 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Performances are at The Crosby Center, 96 Church Street Belfast. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

*Christi teaches theater at Searsport District Middle School & High School and is the 2017 Waldo County Teacher of the Year. 

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Deering Drama

November 17, 2017

A Christmas Carol

Deering High School students will present Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Performances will take place at the school located on 370 Stevens Ave., Portland on December 1, 7:00 p.m., December 2 and 9, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and December 10, 2:00 p.m.


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Mount Desert Island High School

November 15, 2017

Into the Woods

 

MDI Drama – Providing excellent educational theatre opportunities to the youth of Mount Desert Island and its surrounding communities since 1968.

MDI Drama’s home is the 396-seat Higgins-Demas Theater. The facility is named after George Demas and (the late) Joyce Higgins, two educators who guided a generation of young people to a greater understanding of the beauty of theater and life.

 

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Waterville Senior High School

November 14, 2017

Once Upon a Mattress

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The Wedding Singer

November 13, 2017

Edward Little High School – Auburn

The ELHS Drama Association will present The Wedding Singer. Sarah Brooks, Choral Director, from the high school is the Musical Director for the fall musical. The performance is Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
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Orono High School

November 12, 2017

Legally Blonde 

Orono High School’s fall musical: Legally Blonde, has gone to the dogs!  Orono High School is performing Legally Blonde the Musical next weekend and the The cast and crew are partnering with the Bangor Humane Society.  A dog up for adoption will be featured at every performance and Bruiser Woods will be played by the adorable Theodore Roosevelt Rosenthal Qualey a Bangor Humane Society alum. All of the money raised from concessions will go to support the awesome work of the Bangor Humane Society.  Show dates are November 16, 17 at 7 p.m. and November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling 866-1029 or emailing Cami Carter at ccarter@rsu26.org

 

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The Grand

November 11, 2017

Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

November 17-19, Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Being performed at The Grand Performing Arts Center, Ellsworth. Directed by Jasmine Ireland.

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