“Once Upon a Mattress,” Greely Center for the Arts, Cumberland
Nov. 21, Thursday, 6:30pm, “The Royal Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’,” Royal Opera favorite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains. The Gem’s first operatic performance on the big screen on Thursday, November 21st. We’ll have a social at 5:30pm and the opera at 6:30pm$10-$12, The Gem Theater, 23 Cross Street, Bethel. FMI: 2-7-824-8248, thegemtheater.com.
Nov. 21-24, Thursday-Sunday, 7pm/Thurs. Fri. and Sat, 1pm/Sat. and Sun, “Once Upon a Mattress,” Greely Drama is proud to present Mary Rodgers Broadway musical, Once Upon a Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, hilarious, raucous & romantic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic fairytale provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again, $0-$12, Greely Center for the Arts, 303 Main Street, Cumberland. FMI: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4416521?ref=349591.
Nov. 21, Thursday, 7pm, “In, On and Around Sabbathday Lake,” an illustrated talk by local historian Tom Driscoll who will tell the pre-history and settlement history of Sabbathday Lake, free. New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 289 Intervale Road, Rte 231, New Gloucester. FMI: 207-926-3188, www.newgloucester.com.
Nov. 21-24, Thursday-Sunday, 7:30pm/Thurs, Fri, and Sat, 2pm/Sun, “Godspell,” musical: book by John Michael Trebelak music & new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life, $6-$12, Norway Grange 45, 15 Whitman Street, Norway. FMI: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4105826?ref=349591.
Nov. 22-24, Friday-Sunday, 7pm/Fri. and Sat, 2pm/Sun, “Windham High School Sister Act,” come join us for the musical comedy Sister Act, Broadway style on a high school stage – Windham High School has culminated a cast of talented students under the direction of Rob Juergens, with music direction by Dr. Richard Nickerson, and choreography by Vanessa Beyland. Our version will showcase glitzy costumes (yes even the nuns get glitzy), fantastic sets and incredible voices. Enjoy as some of our seniors including Corinne Ulmer (Delores) Matt Chasse (Father O’Hara) Sophey Potter (Sr Mary Robert).give their all to entertain you. They are supported by additional cast members Emma Chasse (Mother Superior) Will Searway (Eddie Souther) Bradley Collins (Curtis Jackson) plus over 30 other cast members. We will have you swinging to hits of the 70’s, laughing in the aisles and understanding how music can bring a community together. Sister Act is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, $12-$14, Windham High School Performing Arts Center, 406 Gray Road, Windham. FMI: 207-893-1742, whstheater.tix.com/schedule.aspx?orgnum=5931.
Nov. 22, Friday, 8pm, “The Suitcase Junket,” he was here originally as part of our free music series and blew everyone away and has been a shooting star ever since. One man band, doesn’t do this artist justice. Matt Lorenz (Suitcase) is an Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar. Every night is a hard-driving, blues-grinding, throat-singing search-and-rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old. This is The Suitcase Junket. No credit cards accepted on site, free, Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. FMI: 207-935-7292, stonemountainartscenter.com.
Nov. 23, Saturday, 1pm, “The Met: Akhnaten,” THIS IS A LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE IN NEW YORK CITY. Written by: Philip Glass Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes (2 intermissions) Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt, $26/adults, $23/seniors, $18/students, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 745 Main Street, Fryeburg. FMI: 207-935-9232, fryeburgacademy.org.