Concerts & Plays

CONCERTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, September 19
The Lord’s Hill Meeting House, Province Lake Road, Effingham, N.H., concludes its summer concert series with a concert featuring local cellist Laurie Meeder and her Friends at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Meeder will be joined by Bozena O’Brien and Peggy Johnson, playing violin and piano respectively, for a program of mostly classical music for combinations of violin, cello, and piano, selected especially for the concert. FMI: 603-539-4071.
Friday-Sunday, September 19-21
The Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road, Standish, will present the Agatha Christie murder mystery play, The Mousetrap, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Performances will also be held at the same times Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28. The Mousetrap has been captivating audiences since 1952 with its creepy buildup of suspense among characters snowbound among strangers at an inn. The play is directed by Harlan Baker. For information or reservations, call 642-3743 or visit www.schoolhousearts.org
The Bus Stop Atheist, a new play by Harrison resident Alan Bean, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The two-act musical is the story of a 20-year-old college student who explains all of life scientifically and rationally — until he encounters some very unusual characters at a bus stop. FMI: www.thebusstopatheist.com
Saturday, September 20
M&D Productions is reviving Voice Of The Valley, their local American Idol-styled vocal competition, after a six-year hiatus. Tickets are $15 at the door for the competition, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. N.H. In its first year back in 2002, with a field of over 50 competitors, Mary Bastoni-Rebmann was declared the winner. She has since gone back to school, gotten her MFA in music and started her own performing arts studio. Winners in other years of the competition include Joel Guilford, Ashley Spaulding, Ryan Deachman, Abby Miller, Meghan Davis, Stephanie Ellis and Rebecca Deschennes. For more information visit www.yourtheatre.com or call 603-733-5275.
Thursday, October 9
Folk singer Carolyn Curie will entertain from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Acoustic Folk House Concert at the Noble House Inn, 81 Highland Road, Bridgton. FMI: 647-3733. RSVP toL innkeepers@noblehousebb.com
Saturday, October 11
Maine’s own Erika Brown will be bringing her band The Bluegrass Connection to the Raymond Village Church, 27 Main Street, for a 7 p.m. concert. Brown’s extraordinary fiddling and her devotion to her French-Canadian musical heritage provides a unique and powerful addition. Tickets are $12; for reservations, call 939-7947. Or, call Frank Morrison at 627-3351 or by e-mail at marpo@maine.rr.com