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The All Night Strut Will Have You Bebopping, Swinging and Singing all the way home!

Review by Charles Crosby THE ALL NIGHT STRUT, opened at Portland Stage Company on Friday, August 18 to a sell out audience. The production is the second co-produced by Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) and Portland Stage (PS) and runs through September 10. From the moment the trio of musicians conducted by the incomparable Edward Reichert on piano, Kinnon Church (bass), and Jack Smith (drums), started playing they set the mood of the 30's and 40's. This show moves fast with quick changes between the songs and the audience is humming and tapping throughout. Swing is the main theme that carries the show, which was conceived by Fran Charnas (musical arrangements by Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb, and Dick Schermesser with additional orchestrations by Corey Allen) and based on the original staging by Marc Robin. From the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen THE ALL NIGHT STRUT offers a little taste of everything in this alphabet soup musical featuring jazz, blues, bebop and old time classics.
 

MSMT's Guys and Dolls Is No Roll of the Dice...it is The Real Deal!

Review by Charles Crosby Photos by Roger S. Duncan Photos by Roger S. Duncan Following Maine State Music Theatre's (MSMT) best selling opening season show, Always...Patsy Cline, is Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love, Guys and Dolls. This iconic musical was the second show produced by MSMT's founder, Victoria Crandall in 1959 and is the fifth time it is performed on the Pickard Theatre stage, most recently in 2001. Director/Choreographer D.J. Salisbury who is making his MSMT debut with this production has done a wonderful job with Guys and Dolls. There is a lot happening since there is song, dance, sets, all the production elements and of course the timing! He has certainly hit a grand slam with his first production here. He has a wealth of experience from his directing and choreography for many theaters nationwide and television shows and is also a writer/lyricist. MSMT must feel lucky to have him for this show. ...
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MSMT Audience is "CRAZY" about Always...Patsy Cline

Review by Charles Crosby The much anticipated 2017 Maine State Music Theatre Season (MSMT) has arrived and the two woman show...Always...Patsy Cline was another sell out on opening night. Curt Dale Clark, MSMT Artistic Director, announced on stage that two additional shows have already been added since it is selling so well. So plan to get your tickets now if you want to see this humorous, entertaining and nostalgic production. ...
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UUCB Concerts for a Cause: LIPBONE REDDING

Storyteller, songwriter, guitarist and voice-strumentalist Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding will appear at Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick on Saturday, September 9th at 7:30pm. Lipbone is most noted for his ability to vocally imitate trombones, trumpets, bass and percussion and incorporate them into live musical performances. His original songs effervesce with New Orleans jazz, swing, soul and funk. An engaging and entertaining show for all ages and musical tastes. ...
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Madison Wilson of Topsham Travels U.S. to Perform with Award-Winning Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps

Madison Wilson of Topsham will tour this summer with the nationally ranked Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. Wilson, who plays trumpet, is in her fourth year performing with the Spartans. A 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, she performed for four years with her high school concert and jazz bands, as well as the wind ensemble. She also performed in the Maine District 3 Band. Wilson will attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the fall where she plans to study acting....
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Call for Poems and Art: The Extinction Event

We need your creative voice to speak loudly about climate change! The Extinction Event is an art exhibit that raises alarm for the drastic changes in our climate which is causing the current crisis for all species on the planet. This year’s All Species art show sponsored by Spindleworks will call attention to the urgency of protecting life on our planet. The exhibit The Extinction Event is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions. ...
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Midcoast Senior College names James Wilkes President of the Board

The Midcoast Senior College Board of Directors named James Wilkes President of the Board effective June 13, 2017 at its Annual Meeting Luncheon, Bowdoin College, Thorne Hall. Wilkes succeeds Dr. Anthony Belmont....
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Midcoast Senior College bestows Mark Smith with 2017 Founders Award

During Midcoast Senior College’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 13, 2017 held at Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, Mark Smith of Brunswick, Maine, was presented the prestigious 2017 Founders Award for his staunch support of MSC in numerous roles. ...
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Richmond Area Food Pantry Participates in Day of Caring

The Richmond Area Food Pantry is participating in Richmond Schools’ Day of Caring on Friday, May 19.  Approximately 15 students will descend on the pantry...
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Richmond Area Food Pantry Participates in Day of Caring

The Richmond Area Food Pantry is participating in Richmond Schools’ Day of Caring on Friday, May 19.  Approximately 15 students will descend on the pantry...
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UUCB Concerts for a Cause: JUD CASWELL

Maine’s Jud Caswell performs for Concerts for a Cause on June 10 at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. Jud is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals....
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Local Artist Reception & Opening

Natasha Kempers-Cullen at The Mix through June 7...
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Crowdfunding Helps Support Local Foods, Farms, Communities — and You

Over the past few years, half a dozen Maine farms have already told their stories on crowdfunding platforms and raised more than $125,000 from families, friends, and supporters — hundreds of individuals who see the value in the investment, give (usually) small amounts, and receive not just the campaign rewards, but the satisfaction of contributing to something bigger than themselves....
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Variety Show to Be Held at Topsham Grange

  Maine State Grange 146 State Street Augusta, Maine 1-800-464-3421 – www.mainestategrange.org Contact Steven Haycock Telephone 998-2586 Email Granger04071@aol.com Website www.mainestategrange.org       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2017 VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD AT TOPSHAM GRANGE Maine State Grange’s three scholarship funds...
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Farmers Market Bluegrass Jamboree to be Held at Topsham Fairgrounds

Friday, April 14th the Topsham Fairgrounds will hose the Farmers Market Bluegrass Jamboree featuring local bands Borderline and Rough Sawn....
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Bradstreet Commits to Thomas

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