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– OPEN AUDITIONS FOR THE 2015 SEASON – 0

WHEN: Saturday, November 1

WHERE: TBA
TIME: 12:00 – 4:00 (email midcoastactors@gmail.com for specific time)

If we know you, meaning you’ve done an MAS show, you don’t need to prepare anything or supply a headshot/resume. Take a look at the attached link for character descriptions, and if you want to audition for a specific role(s) let us know and the directors will have scripts on hand. Auditions will be roughly 15 minutes.

If you are new to MAS, please supply us with a headshot/resume, as well as two contrasting monologues.

We are looking to cast for VENUS IN FUR (Feb 13 – Mar 1), SKYLIGHT (May 23 – June 8), A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (September 11 – 27), and GOOD PEOPLE (December 4 – 20).

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MAS presents Plaza Suite 0

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Midcoast Actors’ Studio is pleased to announce it has cast its next production, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. First presented on Broadway in 1968, Plaza Suite is one of Simon’s most famous plays and a staple in American comedy.
 
The cast includes Greg Marsanskis, Shari John, Jen Wendell, Martin Long, Katie Glessner Perkins, Jason Bannister, Dennis Harrington, Beverly Mann and Valerie Philbrick. Erik Perkins is directing. Philbrick is also serving as stage manager and hair/makeup. Robert DesLauriers is set designer, Pip McFaul is costume designer, Jason Bannister is light designer, Amy Pillitteri is sound designer, Jay Rosenberg and Elaine Bielenberg are design mentors.
 
Performances are October 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:00 p.m. and October 12 & 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Troy Howard Stage in Belfast. For ticket information please call the box office at 370-7592 or email midcoastactors@gmail.com.
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Nunsense is Habit Forming! 0

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Jennifer Maher, Leah Smith, and Alex Clausen (photo courtesy of Sarah Joy)

Get your tickets today! Call 370-7592 or email midcoastactors@gmail.com

Belfast – Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents NUNSENSE, the hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show, August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast.

Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating the vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia (Child of God). Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo (Jennifer Maher), street-wise Sister Robert Anne (Alex Clausen), befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia (Leah Smith), the Mother Superior Sister Regina (Irene Dennis), and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert (Angela Domenichelli) – stage a show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed Sisters.

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Leah Smith, Irene Dennis, and Angela Domenichelli (Photo courtesy of Sarah Joy)

NUNSENSE is directed by MAS Founder and Artistic Director Jason Bannister and music directed and accompanied by veteran musician joani mitchell, with Duncan Hall on Bass. Jay Rosenberg is stage manager, Maher is choreographer, Ivy Lobato is props supervisor and spotlight operator, Sonia Vazquez is concessions manager and Shari John is house manager.

Nunsense runs August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370-7592 or emailing midcoastactors@gmail.com.

Midcoast Actors’ Studio was founded in 2012. The mission of the Midcoast Actors’ Studio is to entertain, enrich, and educate the cultural life of the mid coast region of Maine by providing a superior theater experience. MAS shall provide area residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality productions of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. MAS recently closed a highly acclaimed production of August: Osage County and will present Plaza Suite October 10-19 at the Troy Howard Stage and a Maine Playwrights’ Showcase December 5-14 at The Playhouse on Church Street in Belfast.

 

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The reviews are in! 0

Opening weekend of August: Osage County was a huge success!
Here is what some theatergoers had to say:

“What a wonderfully gripping, emotional, and powerful performance by some amazingly talented people. The set was beautifully crafted. So grateful I got to have this experience. We all enjoyed it. Absolutely incredible.”

“What a magnificent show! Such a talented cast. Amazing job to all of you.”

“Thank you for today’s matinee. Excellent production, acting, set design and story. I was very moved.”

LAST THREE PERFORMANCES JUNE 6, 7, at 7:00 p.m. and JUNE 8 at 2:00 p.m. Reserve your tickets today! Call the box office 370-7592 or email midcoastactors@gmail.compill raid

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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY DINNER THEATER 0

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Saturday June 1 & June 7

Oklahoma plains-­style dinner

6:00 p.m. (play starts at 7:00 p.m.)

Menu:
Oklahoma BBQ pot roast, potatoes, carrots, cowboy beans, cornbread,
sweet tea and lemonade, and watermelon.

Dinner + Ticket for August: Osage County – $30

Must be reserved through the box office Thursday prior.

Box Office | 370-7592 | midcoastactors@gmail.com

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ACTORS’ STUDIO PRESENTS PREMIERE OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY

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BELFAST – Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to present the Eastern Maine premiere of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, one of the most acclaimed plays of the last decade, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an enormous cheapest cialis generic success on Broadway. Tracy Letts’ sprawling saga about three generations of an Oklahoma family has drawn comparisons to the work of American dramatists Eugene O’Neill, Sam Shepard, and Tennessee Williams. In addition, the recent movie adaption garnered Academy Award nominations for both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Variety describes August: Osage County as a “very juicy…epic evening… (a) richly entertaining dysfunctional-family juggles the hilarious, the poignant and the appalling on a scale seldom seen.” Los Angeles Times says it is “sensationally entertaining…a feast for actors and audiences alike.”

The fiercely funny and bitingly sad story, which unfolds over the course of several weeks, tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, the acid-tongued, pill-popping mother at the center of this storm. From the very beginning, this dark comedy aggressively exposes the dysfunction of their midwestern family.

The performance contains adult language and subject matter that is not suitable for young children.

“I read the play 3 or 4 years ago,” says director Robin Jones. “What struck me is its truth about how some people try to communicate without saying anything at all. It takes place in a huge 3-story house, and ironically most of the people on stage desperately want to escape that house.”

For founder and Artistic Director Jason Bannister, choosing Osage County as part of MAS’s 2014 season was a no brainer.

“This is one of the greatest plays of the 21st century,” Bannister says.  “The story, the language — it pushes boundaries for the cast and the audience. It’s just the type of edgy, formidable work I want to produce.”

Designing and building the massive house is MAS veteran John Bielenberg. Along with set dresser (and wife) Elaine Bielenberg, they have designed a set that embodies a character alongside the cast.

The cast includes some of the strongest acting talent along the midcoast of Maine, from Belfast to Blue Hill. Christine West plays the pill popping matriarch Violet, while Mary Jones takes on her headstrong daughter Barbara. Rounding out the cast is Shari and Frank John, Shelly Curtain, James Tatgenhorst, Marie Stickney, James Clayton, Grace Underhill, Amanda Pomeroy, Rob Bywater, Brian Ross and Jason Bannister.

In addition to Director Jones and the Bielenbergs, the rest of the production staff includes Bannister as producer, Leah Smith as stage manager, Tom Sadowski as light designer, Jay Rosenberg as sound designer, Jen Maher as costume designer, Angela Bonacasa as fight director, and Ivy Lobato and Angela Domenichelli as props supervisors.

August: Osage County opens May 30 and runs through June 8. Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Performances are at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. Belfast. The show is three acts and runs 3 hours. There are two intermissions. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door with cash, check or credit card. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 370-7592 or emailing midcoastactors@gmail.com. Preferential seating for those who call and reserve.

 

On both Saturdays there will be a Oklahoma plains-style dinner at 6:00 p.m. The menu includes Oklahoma BBQ pot roast, potatoes, cowboy beans, cornbread, sweet tea and lemonade, and watermelon. Dinner is $15 and must be reserved through the box office three days prior to each Saturday.

 

Midcoast Actors’ Studio is a not-for-profit theater group based in Belfast. MAS provides quality theater to the midcoast of Maine. For more information visit midcoastactors.org or visit them on Facebook.

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