Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Dancing at Lughnasa: It was a performance that would have made Friel proud

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Dora Thompson A solemn air was cast over the opening night of Portland Stage Company’s Dancing at Lughnasa. On Friday, October 2nd, playwright Brian Friel passed away in his home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. He was 86. Considered one of the greatest English speaking playwrights of his time and beloved by many, Friel’s […]

Picturing Maine exhibit: The way life was

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Dora Thompson Glossy postcards litter the shelves of gifts shops throughout our state, bearing bold bubble-letter statements like, “Maine: the way life should be,” or “Greetings from Vacationland!” These phrases are superimposed over sprawling images of Acadia National Park in Autumn, waves crashing around The Portland Head Lighthouse and a moose leisurely chewing grass […]

USM backstage crew plays an important role

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Elizabeth Friedman While the audience is dazzled by sparkling costumes, complex lighting and actor antics on stage, some of the most important work happens behind the scenes. USM Theatre Department produces a minimum of two shows per semester, and the students who work backstage contribute greatly to each theatrical success. A lot of the […]

Avenue Q review

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Theatre

From Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, the raunchy puppet show Avenue Q made it’s debut at Lyric Music Theater on Sawyer Street in South Portland. This unique puppet-filled comedy aimed at adult audiences left people sorting through a variety of emotions, from sadness to hysterical laughter that couldn’t be tamed. This musical told the story […]

USM brings King’s high school horror to life

Posted on November 04, 2013 by caldrich in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

(Left to right) Senior musical theater major Emily Davis, teases senior musical theater major  Eileen Hanley (Carrie) in an infamous scene that takes place in a girls locker room.

Musical theater majors at USM sacrificed their Halloween plans last week to celebrate the night by bringing a classic New England horror story to life at Corthell Music Hall. Only eight months ago, the rights to release CARRIE the Musical  became available, and the USM School of Music didn’t waste any time bringing the story […]

No sleep ’til Broadway

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

Cast photo of Les Miserables at Maine State Musical Theatre.

While being a musical theater major may seem like it’s all fun and games to audience members, there is a lot of work put into a single show with performers always bringing their best to the table. And that commitment to the stage doesn’t stop, especially during breaks between semesters.   “It isn’t easy. It […]

Student playwright Sarah Kennedy thrilled for debut

Posted on April 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

For their spring performance, Student Performing Artists will be producing their first full-length student-written work in the group’s 16-year history, written by their very own sophomore theatre major Sarah Kennedy. SPA has been producing prominent plays at USM since 1977. From Shakespeare to Edward Albee, with Sam Shepard, David Ives and Christopher Durrang in between, […]

Theater students compete in regional festival

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

A select group of USM theater students made the trip to Hyannis, Mass. last Tuesday to take part in the nationally recognized 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Some students competed and were successful, some just attended the workshops that were held, but all seemed to learn something new. “Our theater department, like all […]

E.P. McKnight’s ‘I Question America’ performed at USM

Posted on February 24, 2011 by Amanda Pleau in Arts & Culture, Theatre

E.P. McKnight performed a one-woman play about the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, an important player from the civil rights movement at USM on Feb. 16 in celebration of Black History Month. Hamer’s story is captivating, and although Knight’s performance was passionate at times, her writing left something to be desired. It was well attended, […]

Portland Stage Company brings ‘2 Pianos 4 Hands’ to life

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Laura Powers in Arts & Culture, Theatre

“2 Pianos 4 Hands” is a clever,  insightful exploration into what it takes to become a successful classical pianist. For anyone who’s ever taken a music lesson or ever agonized over Adagio or been frustrated by Fortissimo, this play is delightfully relatable. The writers, Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, have taken their vast experience as […]