“Footloose, the Musical,” Lewiston Auburn Community Little Theatre, Auburn
Nov. 14, Thursday, 7pm, “Kyle Carey Concert,” Kyle Carey’s unique trans-Atlantic fusion includes influences of the American Folk Anthology, the traditional music of Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, and the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill. As a young woman, Kyle traveled to Cape Breton on a Fulbright Fellowship to learn Scottish Gaelic. Afterwards, she spent a year on the Isle of Skye in Scotland—honing her skills in the Gaelic language and studying traditional singing techniques. To date she has released three albums—Monongah, North Star. and The Art of Forgetting. All critically acclaimed, and all a direct and compelling expression of her distinctive ‘Gaelic Americana’ sound, $15, $10/students, North Church, 118 High Street, Farmington. FMI: www.facebook.com/North.Church.Concert.Series/.
Nov. 14-17, Thursday-Sunday, 7pm/Thurs.-Sat, 2pm/Sat. and Sun, “Mamma Mia, the Musical,” featuring music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, a romantic comedy set on a Greek island in the 19903, $10/adult, $7/student and senior, Maranacook High School Performing Arts Center, 2250 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield. FMI: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401712?ref=349591.
Nov. 14, Thursday, 8pm, “KISS Army: The Coolest Band in the World,” KISS ARMY: THE COOLEST BAND IN THE WORLD ROCKS THE ELM ON 11.14.19 This ultra-established KISS Tribute Phenomenon is Armed and Dangerous with identical makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments, top quality talented musicians with enough musical muscle to tell it like it was in vintage 1970’s classic KISS style! And that’s only the beginning of what you can expect from this unbelievable act at showtime. KISS ARMY RULES THE KISS TRIBUTE WORLD! Now celebrating their 27th year at building the perfect beast; KISS ARMY has been thrilling audiences across the country by the masses. Not to be taken lightly, these four pseudo-celebrities pay homage to all four original members of KISS!!! From the House of Blues to Hard Rock Cafes and only the absolute best nightclubs across the U.S.A…including Central Maine’s premiere destination for Events & Live Music: The Elm! As Seen in South America with major television appearances, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Dominican Republic, MTV, VH-1, ESPN, MSNBC and More, $20-$28, The Elm, 21 College Avenue, Waterville. FMI: www.theelmme.com/new-events/mr-speed-kiss-tribute-band.
Nov. 15-17, Friday-Sunday, 7pm/Fri. and Sat, 2pm/Sun, “Footloose,” Edward Little High School Drama Club will be performing the musical, Footloose. Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of the Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all, $5-$10, Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre, 30 Academy Street, Auburn. FMI: 207-784-6943, elhs.auburnschl.edu.
Nov. 15-17, Friday-Sunday, 7:30pm/Fri, 2pm/Sat. and Sun, “Disney’s Newsies the Musical,” Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, $24-$27, Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street, Waterville. FMI: 207-873-7000, www.operahouse.org.
Nov. 15, Friday, 7:30pm, “Palaver Strings presents Welcome Home,” celebrates the vitality of Maine’s immigrant communities through music and storytelling. Palaver Strings will collaborate with guest artists of Franco-American, Burundian, and Iraqi heritage, sharing traditional music and personal stories of their families’ journeys to Maine. As we tour with this program around Maine, we will celebrate Maine’s cultural diversity, reflect on our own histories, and create space for dialogue between performers and listeners from different backgrounds. We believe deep listening and empathy for unfamiliar experiences is an important part of making Maine a safe and inclusive home for everyone, $5-$16, Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner. FMI: www.eventbrite.com/e/palaver-strings-welcome-home-tickets-69100209587.
Nov. 17, Sunday, 3pm, “Bates College Choir: ‘Northern Star’,” giving voice to our longing to grasp the expansiveness of nature and the celestial realm, the choir sings music by Norwegian and Finnish composers Ola Gjeilo, Kim André Arnesen and Jussi Chydenius, as well as by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Also: “Stars” by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, which uses evocative harmonies and the otherworldly sound of ringing crystal glasses in a setting for Sara Teasdale’s poem about the awe of watching the stars. Directed by Joëlle Morris, and accompanied by pianist Bridget Convey, free but tickets required, Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston. FMI: 207-786-6135, bates.edu.