Providing quality theater to the midcoast of Maine

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 2017 SEASON THIS SATURDAY  0

Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s Artistic Director Jason Bannister is pleased to announce open auditions for MAS’s 2017 season. Auditions will be held Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast. Anyone interested should email midcoastactors@gmail.com to schedule. If you are new to MAS, please come with a monologue (or two contrasting). Returning MAS performers can bring a monologue as well, or email which role(s) they are interested in. Additional rounds of auditions for specific shows may occur throughout the year. The MAS 2017 season will be: Shooting Star by Steven Dietz in February/March, directed by Greg Marsanskis, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in October, directed by Erik Perkins, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in December, directed by Leah Bannister. Constellations by Nick Payne, in May/June and directed by Jason Bannister, has already been cast. 

shooting-star-yry2y2zc-i2d

Directed by Greg Marsanskis

February/March

Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. Elena has stayed true to her hippie-ish, counter-culture path, while Reed has gone predictably corporate and conservative. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined—and a present that neither of them could have predicted. Filled with laughter and ache, SHOOTING STAR is a bittersweet romantic comedy about the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.

Elena – 50’s

Reed – 50’s

ctc_1617_constellations_web_final

Directed by Jason Bannister

May/June

This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

This production has already been cast.

frankenstein_nick_dear_danny_boyle-1-200-200-85-nocrop

Directed by Erik Perkins

October

Set in the icy polar regions where scientist Victor Frankenstein has chased the creature he brought to life, this highly theatrical and emotional play traces Frankenstein’s path to the final confrontation with his intelligent, articulate, sensitive, and powerfully violent child.

 

 

Victor Frankenstein
The Creature
Henry Clerval – Lifetime Friend of Victor’s
Elizabeth Lavenza – Victor’s wife to be
Young Victor/William Frankenstein – Age 10
Man #1: Alphonse Frankenstein (Victor’s Father), Prof. M. Waldman, DeLacey (A Blind Man) Woman #1: Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein (Mother), Prof. M. Schiller, Beggar Woman,

Market Woman
Man #2: Captain Robert Walton, Prof. M. Krempe, A Hessian Guard, Magistrate. Man #3: The Boatswain, Gentleman, Felix (Agatha’s husband), Servant, Priest Man #4: Sailor #1, Gentleman, Guard
Woman #2: Sailor #2, Young Woman, A Midwife, Agatha(DeLacey’s daughter), Woman #3: Sailor #4, Justine Moritz (The Frankenstein’s Nanny)
Man #5: Sailor #3, Clerk,
Young Girl: Young Elizabeth, Evi (Agatha’s daughter)
Young Boy: Young Henry, Philip (Agatha’s son)
Adoscent Boy #1: Adolescent Victor (Age 12), William’s Playmate
Adolescent Boy #2: Adolescent Henry (Age 12). Beggar Boy,
Adolescent Girl: Adolescent Elizabeth (Age 12), Daughter

stacks-image-b5b4c83

Directed by Leah Bannister

December

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.


Male Roles

  • Aslan – A great lion ruler (British accent preferred)
  • Peter – Oldest boy, a leader, removed from his home due to war (British accent preferred)
  • Edmund – Youngest boy, misses home and angry, removed from his home due to war (British accent preferred)
  • Mr. Beaver – A good, hard-working soul
  • Tumnus – A forest faun, nervous and unsure – has noble intentions but scared of the Witch
  • Father Christmas – An omen of change, and is the actual Santa Claus

Female Roles

  • White Witch – An evil dictator and military leader
  • Lucy – Youngest child, curious and friendly, removed from her home due to war (British accent preferred)
  • Susan – Oldest girl, strong and nurturing, removed from her home due to war (British accent preferred)
  • Mrs. Beaver – A good, nurturing soul

Male or Female Roles

  • Fenris Ulf – A wolf, head of the Witch’s secret police
  • Dwarf – Servant and lackey to the Witch
  • Elf – Father Christmas’ helperWhite Stag – An omen of good fortune – needs to be able to move well (Dancing required)
  • Unicorn – A loud, plain-speaking soul
  • Centaur – A rough, larger than life character

Male and Female Parts Available

Some doubling may occur with these roles:

  • Aslan’s Followers – Forest animals who are part of the allied forces
  • Witch’s Army – Evil villains
  • Wood Nymphs – Helpers of the forest

 

Tickets for all shows are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. For more information about Midcoast Actors’ Studio, the 2016 season and tickets, as well as how you can become a supporter, call the box office at 207-370-7592, email midcoastactors@gmail.com, visit midcoastactors.org or on Facebook.

4000 Miles opens  0

 

 

 

4000miles_letter

 

dsc_0822 dsc_0795 dsc_0792

Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s last production of 2016 will be “4000 Miles,” written by Amy Herzog and directed by Meg Nickerson. “4000 Miles” is a dramatic comedy centered around Leo, a 21-year-old man who has suffered a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip. He visits his feisty, 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, to seek solace in her company. In the course of a single month in Vera’s New York apartment, “4000 Miles” looks at how two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.

This show will be performed at Union Hall, 1 Union St. in Searsport. Performance dates are November 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm with matinee performances on November 13 & 20 at 2:00 pm. Seating is General Admission so reservations are not required. Members of Senior College are invited to attend the matinee on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm for the discounted price of $8.00 per ticket. You must show your Senior College badge to receive the discount.

This play contains strong language and adult themes and therefore is NOT intended for children.

For more information please call the box office at 370-7592, email midcoastactors@gmail.com,

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 2017 SEASON  0

BELFAST – Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s Artistic Director Jason Bannister is pleased to announce open auditions for MAS’s 2017 season. Auditions will be held Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast. Anyone interested should email midcoastactors@gmail.com to schedule. If you are new to MAS, please come with a monologue (or two contrasting). Returning MAS performers can bring a monologue as well, or email which role(s) they are interested in. Additional rounds of auditions for specific shows may occur throughout the year.

Click on 2017 Season for more information. 

4000 Miles Cast Annoucement  0

Dana Wilson, A and ndrea Itkin and  Tyler Johnstone

Dana Wilson, Andrea Itkin and Tyler Johnstone

Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to present the cast of their upcoming production of “4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog. The show will be directed by Meg Nickerson and stage managed by Shelley King. The intimate cast includes Tyler Johnstone as Leo, Andrea Itkin as Vera, Dana Wilson as Bec, and Grace Underhill as Amanda. “4000 Miles” is a dramatic comedy centered around 21-year-old Leo who seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, after suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip. In the course of a single month, in Vera’s New York apartment, “4000 Miles” looks at how two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.

The performance dates for the show are: November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 13 & 20 at 2 pm and will be performed at the Union Hall in Searsport. For more information please call the box office at 370-7592, email midcoastactors@gmail.com. You can also like Midcoast Actors’ Studio on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/midcoastactorsstudio

 0

14074327_10206864821403071_825769619_o

Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to announce the cast and crew of ‘Arms and the Man’. The cast includes Tyler Johnstone, Kate Hall, Bryan Lescord, Greg Marsanskis, Diane Coller Wilson, Jay Rosenberg, Dana Wilson and Matt Bixby. The production is being directed by Wendy Wincote Schweikert and produced by Jason Bannister. Ivy Lobato is stage manager. John Bielenberg is the set designer. Nell Moore is painting specialist. Linda Marie is designing the costumes with stitching help from Meg Nickerson. Marsanskis and Bannister are building the set. Dana Wilson is handling props. Juniper Purinton is light designer. Leah Bannister is photographer. Erik Perkins is poster design/layout.

14123576_10206864820083038_1056452096_o

‘Arms and the Man’ will run September 9-18 at the Troy Howard Stage. Fridays/Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. Call 370-7592 FMI. MAS is sponsored in part by the Maine Theater Fund.

 0

 

12711094_959608230774570_6805517741889522865_o

 

Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to open its 5th season with “A Lie of the Mind,” by award-winning playwright Sam Shepard. The play will run March 4-13 in Belfast.

“A Lie of the Mind” gives you the intimate details of two families, connected together by marriage, but subject to the deepest levels of jealousy and the epic madness of love. The play has won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Directed by Erik Perkins, the ensemble cast is broken down into two low-income families in different states. One family includes the jealousy riddled brothers Jake, Frankie, played by Nathan Roach and Tyler Johnstone, respectively. The brothers have a sister stuck in the middle of their tumultuous relationship, Sally, played by Grace Underhill. Their possessive mother is played by Katie Glessner Perkins. The second family consists of Leah Bannister, who plays Jake’s beaten and now brain-damaged wife, Beth. Randy Hunt plays Beth’s protective brother, Mike. Meg Nickerson plays Beth and Mike’s timid mother, Meg, while Greg Marsanskis takes on the twisted patriarch of the family. Perkins says he’s always been a fan of Shepard.

“I was struck by the raw power of the show,” Perkins explains. “And how Shepard expanded on many of the themes he’d explored in his earlier plays.” Midcoast Actors’ Studio Artistic Director Jason Bannister is pleased with the production.

“This is a difficult show to produce,” says Bannister. “I am pleased that MAS has taken it on to start our 2016 season.”

“Lie” is produced by Danielle Bannister. Maggie Goscinski is the stage manager. Jason Bannister is the set designer. Juniper Purinton designs the lights. Jay Rosenberg is the sound designer. Mary Priesing tackles the difficult make-up designs. Ivy Lobato handles props. Angela Bonacasa is back as the fight coordinator.

“A Lie of the Mind” takes place at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast, Maine. Performances are March 4, 5 11 and 12 at 7 pm and March 6 &13 at 4 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. This show is not recommended for children. The performances are general admission and tickets can be purchased at the door. Call the MAS box office at 370-7592 FMI. You can also visit midcoastactors.org and like us them on Facebook.