Concerts & Plays

CONCERTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Thursday, July 24
The next Concerts by the Lake series at the Noble House Inn, Highland Road, Bridgton, features singer/songwriter Jesse Terry at 7:30 p.m. Jesse’s music has been compared to the likes of Paul Simon and Jackson Browne. Donation of $10-$15 goes entirely to the artist. FMI: 647-3733.
The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, in its 42nd season, offers a 1 p.m. community concert at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, Main Street, South Paris. Tickets are $4 adults, $2 children, free to LOOK participants.
The Arts Jubilee concert series continues at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, N.H., with the Don Campbell Band at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain at 7 p.m. An early concert performance is offered at 6 p.m. Cost is $10, seniors $8, students $5 and kids 12 and under are free. FMI: 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.
The Mollyocket Chorus will perform “The Big Tease Hair Salon” at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Christian Ridge Road, Lovell. Come hear this chapter of Sweet Adeline International sing enthusiastically, in four-part a cappella harmony. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. FMI: 925-1500.
Waltzing for Dreamers is the Stone Mountain Arts Center’s free music show for all ages, starting at 8 p.m. at the center, located on Dugway Road in Brownfield. FMI: 935-7292.
Join the Loon Echo Land Trust for an Acoustic Sunset Concert with the Bold Riley band at 7 p.m. on top of Hacker’s Hill on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Rain date is July 25. fmi: 647-4352.
Friday-Sunday, July 24-26
The Originals present the Maine premiere of Snake in the Grass, a thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, at Saco River Theatre in Bar Mills. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. FMI: 929-5412.
Friday, July 25
New this year at Casco Days in Casco Village will be a show by the S.F. Jones Band at 7:30 p.m.
An enchantingly funny play that delights audiences, Heroes, returns to Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. FMI: 583-6747.
Saturday, July 26
Local favorites The Mollyocket Chorus bring their signature a cappella harmonies to the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. Their show, called Big Hair, reprises some great barbershop harmonies from the golden age of American music. A $10 donation is suggested.
A special family performance of The Selfish Shellfish offers rock pool creatures, monsters and heroes in an audience participation play at 11:30 a.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. FMI: 583-6747.
Center Stage Theater presents Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 11:30 a.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. Tickets are $3 general admission and will be available at the door, starting one hour before the performance.
Bert’s Buzz, a documentary about Burt Shavitz, the man behind the worldwide brand Bert’s Bees, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. This piercing, charming film pictures the life of one Maine’s most celebrated curmudgeons. FMI: 452-2412.
The Grand O’Neal, a play by local playwright David Butler revealing some people’s comic obsession of seeking out their heritage, will be performed by the new Deertrees Repertory Company at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. FMI: 583-6747.
The next Music with a Mission concert features two favorite Lake Region singers, Kelly Caufield and Matthew Small, at 7 p.m. at the North Windham Union Church, Route 302. Pianist Laura Artesani will accompany them as they sing personal, moving interpretations of musical theater, pop, standards, folk and more.
Families should not miss Rick Charette & the Bubble Gum Band during Casco Days in Casco Village, at 7 p.m. Charette has been capturing the hearts and spirits of young and old alike for years with his inspiring children’s songs. A performance by Bold Riley will follow Charette’s show.
Celebration Barn Theater presents its popular Big Barn Show with a family show at 2 p.m. and a Big Barn Spectacular at 8 p.m. Cost for the family show is $10, and the evening show is $15. The theater is located at 190 Stock Farm Road in South Paris. FMI: 743-8452.
Sunday, July 27
The reluctant face of a global brand, Burt of Burt’s Bees is the subject of a documentary, Burt’s Buzz, to be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. The film celebrates the curmudgeonly life in and around the quiet Maine backwoods where Burt lives in a converted turkey coop. Suggested donation is $5. FMI: 452-2412.
Guitarist and singer Brian Curtis Johnson will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Naples Village Green on Route 302. He entertains all over, and this is his first time on the Village Green.
The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival comes to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Route 117, Bridgton, for an hour-long fun and informative concert called “Discover the Joys of Classical Music.” There’ll be selections from Mozart as well as a Maine composer, Delvyn Chase. The concert is free; donations are accepted.
Tuesday, July 29
A concert called The Demon will be performed at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival by summer musicians at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The music is based on a rather gruesome 1922 story by Max Krell from the German expressionist school, but at the end, all is well. Tickets are $25 for adults, under 21 free. FMI: 583-6747.
Get your groove on at Bradley Park in Fryeburg when The Kelly Karuzis Band performs rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll and old and new country songs. Karuzis’s voice has such richness and power you’ll be wanting for more at the end of the night. The show starts at 7 p.m.; bring your blanket or lawn chair.
Wednesday, July 30
The Met Opera HD Summer Encore Series presents Puccini’s La Rondine at 7 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and $10 students.
The Bridgton Community Band offers traditional and modern music starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo beside Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton. If it is raining, the concert will be cancelled.
Thursday, July 31
The Arts Jubilee concert series continues at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, N.H., with the Jonathan Edwards Trio at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain at 7 p.m. An early concert performance is offered at 6 p.m. Cost is $10, seniors $8, students $5 and kids 12 and under are free. FMI: 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.
A talented Japanese duo from Holyoke, Mass. Will offer Chicken Fried Sushi: Stories to Nourish Your Soul, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell. FMI: 925-1500.
Saturday, August 2
Celebration Barn Theater on Stock Farm Road in South Paris will offer an annual favorite, Mike Miclon’s Early Evening Show, a hilarious late-night TV show spoof, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors and $8 kids/students. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. FMI: 743-8452 or www.celebrationbarn.com
Sunday, August 3
Oldies but goodies and everyone’s favorites are offered by natonal award-winner Jose Duddy from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Naples Village Green on Route 302.
Tuesday, August 5
The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival musicians present a sampling of the greatest clasical chamber music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Tickets are $25, with anyone under 21 free, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 583-6747 or visit www.sebagomusicfestival.org
Paintings by Robert Casper are on display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pace Galleries of Art, located inside the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Admission is free, and the galleries will also be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Wednesday, August 6
The Met’s Live in HD series offer Puccini’s musical vision of the American West, La Fanciulla Del West, at 7 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. It’s Puccini at his most colorful. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. FMI: 935-9232.
The Bridgton Community Band offers traditional and modern music starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo beside Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton.
Thursday, August 7
The Arts Jubilee concert series continues at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, N.H., with the Traditional Pops Concert by the New England Society Orchestra, presenting the music of Hollywood and the movies, followed by fireworks! The concert starts at 7 p.m. An early concert performance is offered at 6 p.m. Cost is $10, seniors $8, students $5 and kids 12 and under are free. FMI: 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.
Friday-Sunday, August 8-10
The Schoolhouse Arts Center, Richville Road, Standish, will offer a Broadway-style musical, Songs for a New World, at area high schools to benefit their music and drama boosters. The show, about hitting a wall and having to make a choice, is directed by Janella Lociuto. FMI: 831-4113.
Saturday, August 9
It’s an evening of poetry, by 2013 White House inaugural poet Richard Blanco and other poets, sourced from all corners of the state of Maine. Come experience the simple beauty of spoken words at 7:30 p.m. at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. Suggested donation is $10. FMI: 452-2412.
Sunday, August 10
Come watch Night Labor, a fascinating film of a night worker in a Maine fish-packing plant, by turns suspenseful, surprising and contemplative. A $5 donation is suggested for the film, to be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. FMI: 452-2412.
A variety of country music and rock ‘n’ roll is offered by a Village Green favorite, Stevie Gee & the Mrs., from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Naples Village Green on Route 302.
An hour-long sampling from the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival’s Circus program will be offered at 2:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. A backstage reception follows the program. Tickets are $5, children free. For reservations, call 583-6747 or visit www.sebagomusicfestival.org
Tuesday, August 12
The final concert of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival at Deertrees Theater in Harrison is a varied program, full of surprises, including circus music by Sergei Prokofiev, and a string sextet composed by 17-year-old musical genius, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Tickets are $25, with anyone under 21 free, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 583-6747.
Wednesday, August 13
The world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliette, comes to operatic life with the Met’s Live in HD series, to be shown at 7 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. FMI: 935-9232.
Thursday, August 14
The Arts Jubilee concert series at the base of Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, N.H. wraps up with Roomful of Blues, who Count Basie said was “The hottest band I’ve ever heard.” Their combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with local musicians providing the warm-up music at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and ages 12 and under are free.
Thursday-Saturday, August 14-16
Join Denmark’s own Hio Ridge Dance for the world premiere of a new dance piece, commissioned especially for the Denmark Arts Center, exploring the town of Denmark itself. Placeholders is an original evening-length dance, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. A $10 donation is suggested, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. FMI: 452-2412
Sunday, August 17
Doc’s Banjo Band is a band well known to those who attend Naples Concerts on the Village Green. The band will perform from 6 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 21
What could be better than free music featuring Sorcha & The Clearing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield? The 8 p.m. concert is part of the center’s Waltzing For Dreamers concert series. FMI: 935-7292.
Sunday, August 24
Beautifully shot in Millinocket in the depths of winter, Bluebird is a haunting tale of the ties that bind in a small rural town in Maine. The film is powerfully acted, and stars John Slattery of Mad Men. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Denmark. A $5 donation is suggested. FMI: 452-2412.
Upbeat country music with a little bit of gospel is offered by Vickie Lee from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Naples Concerts on the Village Green, on Route 302 in Naples.