Maine summertime arts traditions, aged and new, to glance ahead to

Yoshiko Yap

Performers at Bates Dance Festival in 2018. Image by Noor Eemaan, courtesy of Bates Dance Competition

In addition to the slate of musicals and museum displays are a handful of once-a-year summer arts traditions that are one of a kind to Maine. Some are returning this year immediately after a hiatus, and 1 new competition hopes to make a long lasting effect.

The Bates Dance Pageant, which is held each summer months in Lewiston but was scaled again last year and canceled in 2020, will attribute eight distinct indoor and outdoor performances starting July 11 and operating as a result of Aug. 6.

The festival is a teaching team for global students and emerging artists to discover and collaborate. The entire timetable of public performances in on the internet at batesdancefestival.org.

Viewers users take their seats just before the start of the Opera Maine creation ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Merrill Auditorium past July. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Opera Maine is staging two performances of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” on July 27 and 29 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

The opera – sung in German, with English subtitles – tells the tale of a cursed ship captain who comes ashore just about every seven years in lookup of really like that will set him free of charge. The Opera Maine Orchestra will be done by maestro Israel Gurksy and Dona D. Vaughn directs.

Opera Maine’s studio artist program also will present performances on June 29 and July 1 of “The Fall of the Residence of Usher” by Philip Glass (based mostly on the Edgar Allen Poe limited story).

Robbie Harrison, still left, and Michela Micalizio, associates of Fenix Theatre, rehearse Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the bandstand in Deering Oaks previous yr. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

The qualified Fenix Theatre Firm will present its annual Shakespeare in the Park at Deering Oaks in Portland. This yr, the business will existing “The Tempest,” directed by Stacey Koloski, from July 7-30. The performances are totally free.

And a new pageant in June, structured by the Maine Academy of Fashionable Songs, will convey together a broad assortment of artwork and songs offerings.

Resurgam, the a single-working day function scheduled for June 12 at Thompson’s Position, fills the void left when the Previous Port Festival was scrapped in 2019 following 46 decades.

The free of charge festival will involve phases for are living audio and accomplishing arts groups, space for Maine-created arts and crafts, food and a parade featuring the towering puppets of Portland’s Shoestring Theater.


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