07/16/15 – “To me, this opera is, in its simplest form, a statement about love in (suburban) America. It remains a scholarly criticism of the sanctity and (dare I say!) the purpose of marriage. You may also take away an exploration in feminism; an argument against capitalism; and an investigation of escapism. Mostly, though, what I think is magical about this opera is that it is a perfect, painful, beautiful slice of life.”
- Richard Gammon, Director
07/18/15 – Join us on July 18th, 2015 at 7PM as Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. in partnership with St. Lawrence Arts present an open invite story slam on themed "Willing and Able."
25 years ago, July 26, 1990, on the White House lawn, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act after decades of struggle by activists and leaders in the disability community. Keith Ludden and Molly Graham of Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., have been recording the stories of those involved in the Disability Rights Movement and impacted by the ADA. History has overlooked their stories, but we want to make them center stage.
The slam will feature an open invite to those who wish to share stories from personal experiences relating to ability, disability, injury, mental hurdles or physical and emotional challenges or achievements.
Prepare a 4-8 minute story about a disability you faced or are facing. Has your body or mind been harmed? Has your handicap turned into a gift, special power, or just a pain in the ass? We want to know!
Here are the rules:
Come prepared to tell your story on stage, unscripted without notes. A personal, true story, that happened to you where you are the central character. Though we love fiction, we're interested in the truth. Your truth. Spill all of the details.
Stories must be within a [4 to 8] minute time frame
Tell ONE story with a beginning middle and end containing a series of events that grow to a climax. Though we love stand up comedy, this is not a stand up set. We're only interested in the thoughts, feelings, and emotions you experienced through this ONE story from your life that you've prepared.
Practice, practice, practice.
Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com for more information or to pitch your story.
07/24/15 – Vivid Motion takes it From the Top this July, reviving audience and dancer favorites from the past 12 years. July 24-26 at St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland.
Vivid Motion has been producing creative, fun, solid dance shows since it first started out with Nutcracker Burlesque in 2003. This summer we're going to conjure up some sweet memories, of dreams and choices, of jumping in the park and whirling under the ocean. We'll dance with gods and streetwalkers, and even look into The Rat's Nest, our favorite wintry biker bar. If you've danced with, watched, or just heard about our quirky and kinda innovative dance company, you don't want to miss this show.
Directed by Alison Berry, From the Top showcases work from founding members Brigitte Paulus, MJ Emerson and Emily Zack, as well as work from 8 other choreographers as well. Our dancers are from all over Southern Maine; with varying levels of training, but united in a love of dance. Vivid Motion is a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to making dance not only fun to do, but fun to watch too. Over 300 dancers, designers and technicians have participated in our productions, and our shows have reached thousands of audience members. We're proud of the work this all volunteer company has done, and can't wait to see what we'll accomplish in the coming years.
From the Top, favorite dances from 12 years of Vivid Motion. Friday 7/24 - 7:30pm, Saturday 7/25 - 2:30 & 7:30, Sunday 7/26 - 2:30pm. Tickets at vividmotion.org $13 adults, $6 kids under 13. More info at vividmotion.org
Appropriate for all ages.
Sponsored by St. Lawrence Arts, Yelp! of ME, and Gorham Self Storage.
08/06/15 – Don't miss Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats as they purrform their feats of agility. Performances start August 6th and continue through August 16th. All tickets are $20 and available at www.circuscats.com. TICKETS AVAILIBLE HERE
The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. NOLA, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. We also have a new celebrity in the troupe, Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat - but wait there's more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes - Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and tambourine, isn't "kitten" around - she usually steals the show!
Samantha Martin, Chief Executive Human (or CEH for short) of the Amazing Acro-Cats, challenges the idea that "cats can't be trained." Tuna and the gang are REAL house cats who have learned all their talents through clicker training. The shows feature a cat or kitten learning some basic s using this method that highlights positive reinforcement. Although she has studied and worked with many species, today Martin's primary focus is on cats. Training builds richer and more meaningful relationships between animals and humans and it can even save time and lives in emergencies. A lifelong fascination and unique bond with animals motivated Martin to study and earn her degree in animal husbandry and behavioral sciences. Her dedication and love for these felines can be seen in each and every purrformance.
A portion of every shows' ticket sales go toward cat and kitten rescue! Martin advocates adoption from local shelters and other organizations, and works with them in many ways especially by taking adoptable cats on the road, making the Amazing Cat-Bus a mobile fostering unit. Over the past four years, Martin has purr-sonally found homes for over 159 cats and kittens and continues to take cats in need and help them find their furr-ever homes.
Check out this review by the Austin Chronical highlighting the Acro-Cats efforts as a Top 10 theatrical set.
And this recent video!!
For more show details and information about the cats, visit thir website at www.circuscats.com
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