AT THE THEATER

Gaslight Theater, Hallowell City Hall Auditorium

626-3698 • gaslighttheater.org

 

“Moring’s at Seven,” by Gaslight Theater, through March 29. $12/adults, $10/seniors, students.

 

The comedy is about the four Gibbs sisters, who sort-of live on top of each other. There is Cora Swanson who lives with husband Theodore Swanson and her unmarried sister, Aaronetta. Opposite them is Ida Bolton with husband Carl, and their son Homer. The fourth sister, the oldest, Esther, lives with husband David about a block away from the enclave.

Life is pretty steady and superficially calm until Homer is forced to bring his girlfriend, Myrtle Brown to visit his parents. Homer has been going with Myrtle for 12 years, but Ida has brought things to a head when she saw a movie about an “old” bachelor. As one reviewer said, “Part of the delicious fun is guessing what really will happen and what won’t.”

The play is unusual in having roles for actors of a certain age, who are not often cast in most plays. An extremely talented and experienced troupe of actors, many well-known to local audiences, will be performing the roles in “Morning’s.” Frank Omar, of Hallowell, is Thor; Deb Howard, of Farmingdale, who also designed the costumes, is Cora; Elizabeth McKenney, of Winthrop, is Aaronetta; Kathleen Brainerd, or West Gardiner, is Ida; and Mike Rowe, of Waldoboro, is Carl; Henry Quintal, of Augusta, is Homer. He is matched with Julie Barrett, of West Gardiner, as Myrtle; Beth Rowe, of Waldoboro, is Esther; and Walter Guild, of Farmingdale, is David.

Bruce Hertz, of Wayne, is the director of the play with Carol Homer, of Cornville, as producer. The rest of the crew is Linda Duarte, Lewiston, stage manager and props, Andrew Vick, of Augusta, lighting and Bob Gilbert, of Farmingdale, sound.

Cumston Hall

759 Main St., Monmouth • 800-838-3006 • monmouthcommunityplayers.com

 

“Godspell,” by Monmouth Community Players, April 4-12. $14/adults, $12/seniors, students.

 

Monmouth Community Players presents the family musical “Godspell.” Written by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schartz, it tells stories of the gospels according to St. Matthew through music and dance. It opened in 1971 and has had a long running success.

Penny Jaskalen is directing this lively, humorous show using Maine as the location instead of New York City. You’ll see more than one pair of LL Bean boots.

This cast boasts of characters from eight years old to 60 pluss. There are also family dynamics with two mother and daughter teams.

Waterville Opera House

873-7000 • operahouse.org • 1 Common St., Waterville

 

“Shrek the Musical,” music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, April 4-12. $21/adults, $19/seniors, students.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing, and colorful costumes, “Shrek the Musical” is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone.

 

 

 

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