“Boys Will be Boys”

By New Edge Productions

Lucid Stage

29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland

Directed by John Bryson

Lyrics and dialogue by Joe Miloscia

Music by Kenneth Kacmar

Musical director Kevin Smith

Tickets: $20

899-3993 * lucidstage.com

“9 to 5: The Musical”

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison

Tickets: $21-$23

474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org

There was a time when a typewriter sat on every desk and telephones had cords. It was a man’s world. Secretaries made coffee and hair appointments.”9 to 5: The Musical” is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. It tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there is nothing they can’t do – they can even start a crack in the glass ceiling. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5 is about teaming up and taking care of business … it’s about getting credit and getting even. The popular movie comedy has been transformed into a musical with a rollicking score by Dolly Parton and stars Violet, the super-efficient office manager, Judy, the frazzled divorcee and sexy Doralee who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, obnoxious, domineering, lecherous, bigot of a boss, Franklin Hart.

In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover and rise to the top of the company that once looked at them as second-class citizens… A girl can scheme can’t she? Make those reservations now…what a way to spend an evening.


“And the Winner Is”

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison

Tickets: $19 in advance, $21 at the door; cabaret seating, $25-$27; children, $17-$19

474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org

Mitch Albom’s “And the Winner Is” is a quirky, heartfelt and slightly wicked tale of life, death and sacrifice that has been hailed for its wit, originality and hilarious portrayal of Hollywood values. Tyler Johnes is a self-obsessed movie star who is finally nominated for an Oscar. He dies the night before the ceremony. He awakens in a way station/saloon/subway in the company of Seamus, an otherworldly Irish barkeep with an aversion to swearing. Determined to know if he wins, he bargains with the heavenly gatekeeper to return to earth for the big night. Since no star can appear without an entourage, Johnes is soon surrounded by his agent, his acting rival, his bombshell girlfriend, and his ex-wife. A wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how we are judged.

“Black Fly Follies”

June 30

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

Theater at Monmouth’s annual variety show returns featuring the talents of our summer company. Part improv, part cabaret, part hijinks but all fun–join us for an evening of entertainment for everyone.

The Little Prince

(Children’s Show)

June 23 – August 17

Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar

Directed by Brooke Edwards

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $12, adults; $9 children

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

When a world-weary Aviator’s sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert, he encounters a mysterious little boy. As the Little Prince shares his adventures through the galaxy he helps the Aviator to see, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

July 12 – August 17

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Catherine Weidner

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

When two dapper young men from Verona head to Milan to broaden their horizons, they fall hopelessly in love with the same girl, throwing their worlds into chaos as they learn a little bit about friendship, loyalty and … dating.

“The Glass Menagerie”

July 19-August 18

by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Bill Van Horn

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

Williams’ classic American drama explores the bonds of family, the weight of memory, and the force of loss. The Glass Menagerie

portrays the Wingfield’s struggle to maintain the precarious balance between a difficult past and an

uncertain future.


July 5 – August 19

by Molière translated by Richard Wilbur

Directed by Matthew Arbour

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

Orgon has given everything — his estate, his daughter, his wife (well, almost) to Tartuffe, a swindler masquerading as a holy man. His family goes to outrageous lengths to unmask the imposter. Hijinks and physical comedy ensue as they hatch a plan to catch the rat before he brings the house down.

“King Henry IV, Part 1”

July 26 – August 18

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Dawn McAndrews

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

King Henry faces rebellion from the very nobles who helped him seize the crown. The insurgents boast the daring warrior Hotspur, while Prince Hal, the King’s son and England’s greatest hope, carouses in the Boar’s Head Tavern with Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation, Sir John Falstaff.

“Of Thee I Sing”

September 20 – 30

by George & Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind

Directed by Dawn McAndrews

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

With no viable platform, presidential candidate John P. Wintergreen runs simply on love. If elected, he promises to marry the Atlantic City beauty pageant winner. Trouble begins when he falls for his campaign secretary instead. This Gilbert & Sullivan-inspired musical is sure to sweep away election year woes with the power of love and…corn muffins.

“The Beatlemania Years:

1962-1966 with Mark Cartier”

August 7

Cumston Hall, Monmouth

Tickets: $28, opening night; $26, adults; $24,

senior citizens; $24, matinees; $20, students

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999

TAM favorite Mark S. Cartier recounts the first half of the Fab Four’s career, from their first recording of

Love Me Do to the rise of Beatlemania in Britain, their conquest of America, their first two films, the

historic concert at Shea Stadium, their growth as singer-songwriters and recording artists, and the

growing discontent and constraints that resulted in the end of touring. Afterwards, join us in the Helen

Melledy Grange for an evening of Beatles-themed trivia and karaoke, Fab Four costumes optional.

theateratmonmouth.org or 933-9999


“Sharp-edged wit, well-executed, finely scripted, never a dull moment.” – Portland Phoenix

“Packs more laughs into 90 minutes than Saturday Night Live has delivered in the last decade. Excellent cast.” – Portland Forecaster

Bernard has penned and directed many full-cast audio theater-of-the-absurd comedies. His political comedy music and parody has played Toronto, Boston and southern Maine in both theaters and comedy clubs. His most recent screenplay was in collaboration with National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose.



609 Congress St.

Portland, ME


July 30 at 7:30pm

Tickets go on-sale WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 at 10am and will be available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online www.statetheatreportland.com

$20 advance, $25 day of show / General Admission, all ages.

Of Monsters and Men is an amiable group of day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs. But last year, the normally mild-mannered six-pack transformed into total rock stars after stomping out their competition during Músiktilraunir, a yearly battle of the bands in their native Iceland.

“We just kind of…won,” recalls co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. “We weren’t expecting it at all. So I said, ‘Everybody come to my place!'” Beer-swilling friends spilled out of her flat. “I was like, ‘Oh fuck, my neighbors aren’t liking me right now.'”

With the group’s bright, trumpeting single “Little Talks” winning over one blog at a time, Nanna and her bandmates (co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” ?órhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, piano/accordion player Árni Gu?jónsson, and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson) are well on their way to becoming citizens of the world.

Their rapid rise transpired in just one year. Nanna, who began as the acoustic act Songbird, recruited extra hands to bolster her sound for a solo show. She liked how her vocals commingled with Raggi’s, so they started writing songs together and in 2010 morphed into Of Monsters and Men. As victors of 2010’s Músiktilraunir, the new group earned a slot on the influential Iceland Airwaves Festival later that year, followed by Seattle’s radio station KEXP posting “Little Talks” from a Living Room Session filmed there, setting the telltale ripple effect in motion.

By the summer of 2011 “Little Talks” hit No. 1 in the band’s native country, and “people around the world seemed to be listening to us,” marvels Raggi. The band was asked to perform again at Iceland

In September, Of Monsters and Men threw another party–a more thoughtful gathering to celebrate their full-length debut, My Head Is an Animal. The album, which was released in Iceland and hit No 1 there soon after, dropped worldwide in early 2012. For the occasion, they cut out animal masks for the attendees to wear, making them makeshift monster-men/women. “Iceland can be a very isolated country and that translates to the music,” Nanna says, adding, “We get stuck in our little world”.




Lauren Wayne / State Theatre

mailing: 142 High St. Ste 200

physical: 609 Congress St.

Portland, ME 04101

(207) 956-6001


“Girl Talk”


609 Congress St.

Portland, ME


August 16 at 8:30pm

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and are available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online www.statetheatreportland.com

$25 advance, $30 day of show / General Admission, all ages.

DJ Mash-up king Greg Gillis’s, aka Girl Talk, live shows tend to turn into frantic dance parties the very second Gillis touches finger to his mouse-pad, so expect a fun time on August 16 when he stops by the State Theatre, his first return since his SOLD OUT show at the State in February 2011.

Some laptop artists get a reputation for being dull live, but that definitely can’t be said about mash-up master Girl Talk. The Pittsburgh-based beat maker has earned a reputation for energized live shows, inviting fans on stage and pulling off goofy stunts like rigging toilet paper rolls onto leaf blowers. Now, Girl Talk is planning to take his sweat-dropping live show on a lengthy North American tour.

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless touring, Gregg Gillis returns with All Day, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date. Continuing the saga from the previously acclaimed albums, Night Ripper and Feed the Animals, Gillis lays down a more diverse range of samples to unfold a larger dynamic between slower transitions and extreme cut-ups with the grand intent of creating the most insane and complex pop collage album ever heard.




The Fox on the Fairway

Fore! A Hole in One Farce

July 19,20,21 & 26,27,28 @ 8pm

July 22 @ 4pm & July 25 @ 2pm & 7pm

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison, ME 04950 * (207) 474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org

Famed playwright, and Lakewood favorite, Ken Ludwig set his 2010 farce on a golf course because “after all, golf is innately funny…you wear silly clothes….you get all excited about getting a little ball in a tiny hole, and the stakes are amazingly high.” This tribute to the great farces of the 1930’s and 1940’s has more twists and turns than a par 4 dog-leg or a double breaking, 60 foot putt as sex and water hazards collide in a mapcap adventure about love and golf. It is time for the annual match between rival clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel. The Squirrel has hoisted the trophy for many years but Baldwin of Quail Hollow is optimistic. He has found a ringer and has made a hefty bet on the outcome. When his secret asset changes teams, Baldwin must hand the ball – and his bank balance – to his nervous assistant, Justin. Justin does surprisingly well until his fiance, ditsy waitress Louise, loses her engagement ring down the toilet. Justin is unable to concentrate and as the match is slipping away Baldwin finds an unlikely replacement who may just save the day. Baldwin’s humorless wife Muriel is not amused when she hears about his bet…and we hear her long before we see her. But we will be more than amused as the sturdy harridan arrives to set things straight. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classic. Discussing his play Ludwig concluded “My plays are an attempt to move the ball in the right direction – towards a sense of humanity and good fellow-feeling. I hope (audiences) come away feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and happier than when they went in the door.” It’s a gimme!

The Music Man

A Musical for the Whole Family

Aug. 2,3,4 & 9,10,11 @ 8 pm

Aug. 5 @ 4 pm and Aug. 8 @ 2pm & 7pm

The Music Man first marched on Broadway in 1957. The play by Meredith Wilson won a Tony and ran for 1,375 performances. It was revived in 1980 and again in 2000. Lakewood Theater presented The Music Man in 1962 & 1995. An affectionate nod to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as convinces the concerned parents of Iowa City that a trumpet to the lips can replace chalk on the fingertips. With real money for 76 imaginary trombones and 110 coronets, Hill plans to grab the next train out of town. He is stopped in his tracks by Marion Paroo, the town librarian and a piano teacher. When he decides to linger to woo the aloof but lovely lady, we meet the citizens of this apple pie American town: Mayor George Shinn, his wife Eulalie and daughters, Zanetta and Gracie, the gossips known as the Pick-a-Little Ladies, the School Board members who are also a barbershop quartet, piano student Amaryllis, Winthrop, Marion’s shy brother, Tommy Djilas, the local “bad boy,” and Harold’s old friend Marcellus Washburn, a reformed conman. Suspecting that Hill doesn’t know a C-note from a hundred dollar bill, Marion resolves to unmask him until she realizes that he is bringing new life to the town and that she is falling in love with him. Songs include: Goodnight, My Someone, Till There was You, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Lida Rose, Trouble and the show-stopping 76 Trombones. The perfect family musical!

Murdered by Death

You May Die from Laughter!

August 16,17,18 & 23,24,25 @ 8 pm

August 19 @ 4pm and August 22 @ 2pm & 7pm

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison, ME 04950 * (207) 474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org

The 1930’s. A lovely day for an excursion in the English country. That charming manor house belongs to wealthy Mildred Bagshot, a dotty spinster who lives there with her mousy niece Dorothy and her deadpan butler, Bunting. He is loaded, too…much of the time. It looks like she has guests. Let’s peek in the window! There is frisky, stiff-upper-lipped Colonel Craddock with his elegant, feisty wife Margaret. She looks unhappy. In the corner is Pierre, a shady French art dealer, and his glamorous companion Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington…what a strange accent she has. And here comes Miss Maple…the village gossip and sleuth. She wasn’t invited but that never discourages her. They say when she appears death follows. Did you hear a gunshot? Cue bumbling inspector Pratt and his more intelligent aide, Thompson. Pratt is more adept at malprops than murder. The laughs are thick and fast from the witty to the downright silly, and the twisting plot will keep you guessing until the very end…or as Pratt would have it – “the thick plottens.” In this classic send up of an Agatha Christie play, the audience may die of laughter before the murderer is unmasked.

The House of Blue Leaves

Nuns, A Zookeeper & A Looney Wife equals

One Zany Black Comedy

August 30,31, Sept. 1 and Sept 6,7,8 @ 8 pm

September 2 @ 4pm and Sept [email protected] 2 pm

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison, ME 04950 * (207) 474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org

Writer John Guare has the nimbleness to run up and down the scaffold of gallows humor. The writing is lush with sad, ironic wisdom about fame, love and deluded values…at once a zany farce and a biting look at people chasing exulted dreams of glory into some dead-end alley of the soul. Artie Shaughnessy is a man with a dream. He is an aspiring song writer, spending his nights playing seedy, smoke-filled lounges. In the waking, working world, Artie is a zookeeper. He has a wife named Bananas and a girlfriend named Bunny. His wife is a schizophrenic and his girlfriend sleeps with him but won’t cook for him. On October 4, 1965, both The Pope and a Hollywood producer pass through Queens and Artie Shaughnessy’s life putting his dreams on a collision course with a devastating, wildly funny reality. The House of Blue Leaves won both the New York and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Obie, and four Tonys during a recent revival.


In Advance

At the Door







Cabaret Seating



Children (4-17)



Due to an error in printing, our 2012 brochure states that desserts are included in the price of your Cabaret seating ticket.

Who Goes Bare

Clothing Optional?

Sept. 13,14,15 & 20,21,22 @ 8pm

September 16 @ 4pm and September 19 @ 2pm

Lakewood Theater,

76 Theatre Road, Madison, ME 04950 * (207) 474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org




We end the season with a madcap marathon, raucous romp, sexy sprint, frantic farce that Lakewood does so well. Brothers Eddie and Brian Manchip own the nearly bankrupt Canyon Health Spa and Dude Ranch. During a recent three day binge, the irresponsible Eddie gambled away the hotel. Mr. Butcher, a gun toting thug, has arrived to collect the deed or $20,000.00. The pompous Brian arrives with Nancy McSmith, a prospective investor…and maybe more. A health freak who misunderstood Dude Ranch as Nude Ranch, Nancy disrobes. Eddie convinces Brian he must shed his clothes in order to seal the deal. Because they have not been paid the staff have quit except for a ditzy maid named Minnie who wants to be a masseuse and who is in love with a pirate she meet at a costume party. Before the end of act one Brian’s suspicious wife Joan arrives unannounced and short-tempered, kilt clad Angus McSmith arrives in Act Two. Add to the mix Maxie, a quick change artist looking for a quiet holiday, the hearty Mrs. Court-Bending, a lady collecting clothes for charity, a closet, and lots of doors. Oh, yes…someone called the police. All is revealed…almost…before the final curtain.

“Ten Blocks on the Camino Real”

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Davis Robinson

Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland

Tickets: $20

899-3993 or lucidstage.com

Beau Jest Moving Theatre returns with its original adaptation of “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real.”

In this one-act fantasy, Williams wrote with lyrical abandon a play he hoped would usher in a new kind of “plastic theater” that blended music, dance, poetry and visual imagery. By the time it opened on Broadway in 1953, the 10 vignettes had become the unwieldy and better-known 16-block Camino Real. It flopped. Additional characters and plot re-writes did nothing to improve the play. Only one version was authorized for performance — until now.

In 2008, New Directions published the original Ten Blocks version for the first time, and Beau Jest was struck by the rich, visual imagery and poetic leaps the script.


“The 39 Steps”

Hallowell City Hall

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors

626-3698 or [email protected]

Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the novel by John Buchan. Directed by Lynette Miller.

A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.

“A Life in the Theatre”

Freeport Factory Stage,

5 Depot St., Freeport

By David Mamet, directed by Sally Wood

Featuring Will Rhys and Dustin Tucker

Tickets: $19 for adults, $15 for seniors/students. Thursday performances are pay what you can; 865-5505 or visit freeportfactory. com.

“Charlotte’s Web”

Portland Stage in the Studio Theater

Performed by A Company of Girls

Tickets: $5 at the door; 874-2107.

“The Human Experience”

Lincoln Auditorium in

Roberts Learning Center on UMF campus

Suggested donation: $5 donation per person at the door.

The story follows Molly (Samantha Ellis), Amy (Tiarra LaPierre), and Jennifer (Katie Tilton): three young, recently-deceased women preparing to enter the eternal afterlife. Before their final ascension, however, they are met by the gate-keeper Janus (Eric Buckhalter) who has one last task for them. In order to depart from humanity, the three must first come to fully appreciate it — by learning compassion for a few less-than-lovable mortals.


Mount Blue High School auditorium

By Mt. Blue High School

Adapted and directed by Dan Ryder

Tickets cost $7 for adults, $4 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington; [email protected] or 778-3561.

An original musical adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Kate takes Shakespeare’s story of an angry, bitter young woman targeted for marriage and “taming” and puts a modern spin on it — sort of. Set in 1930’s Franklin County, Kate introduces a young woman, Katherine Minola (Jennifer Hinds), more than a little frustrated by her mother, Baptista’s (Kerri Cooper) insistence that she be married before her more agreeable, charming and courted sister, Bianca (Paige Kincaid) may wed. Enter Petruchio (Noah LePage), just the sort of quick-witted, smooth-talking, empty-walleted man for the job. What follows is a madcap comedy of false impressions, mistaken identities, and general lunacy, leaving audiences thinking about being true to one’s self while finding satisfaction in the least likely of places.

“A Cheever Evening”

Johnson Hall in Gardiner

By Open Book Players

Directed by Lucy Rioux

Gurney has adapted 17 of John Cheever’s funniest stories, in which he probes the affairs of that set of people (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) who once considered themselves to be in the majority but soon became aware that they were in the twilight of their power and at the mercy of a

changing world. Seen through the lens of A.R. Gurney’s dramatic sensibility, Cheever’s separate stories of a fragmented and lonely universe have been combined into a whole and resonant portrait — that of a culture which, while teetering on the brink of extinction, combats loss with humor, wit and feeling.

Tickets: $7 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors. This play contains mature language and themes; 441-3210 or [email protected]

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater

Hall-Dale High School, 97 Maple St., Hallowell

Fast-paced, energetic, universally engaging and theatrically clever, Garbo mesmerizes audience members of all ages with imaginative imagery and artistic foolishness. Laugh, gasp, be amazed.

Tickets: $19 for adults, $16 for Johnson Hall members, $10 for children younger than 14.

“The Perils of Long Term Care” by Michael 1, directed by Lee Kerr and featuring Lee Kerr and Julie Barrett.

The program will be April 13 and 14 and will begin at 7:30.

Admission is free, donations are accepted; 626-3698

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