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Sandy River Players present “A Christmas Carol – The Musical”, Dec. 12th-16th

“God Bless Us Everyone!”, so says Sandy River Players with their production of “A Christmas Carol-the Musical”. The second production of SRP’s 2018-2019 season, “A Christmas Carol-the Musical” tells the story of Dicken’s Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Cratchit and the rest of the tale’s beloved characters in this Broadway adaptation of the classic.

Sandy River Players and a cast of 20+ local talented actors, from elementary school children to retirees, happily present this time-honored holiday show December 12th-16th in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus. Evening performances start at 7:30pm December 12th-15th. Matinee performances start at 2pm December 15th and !6th. Doors open half-an-hour before the show starts.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Advance tickets will be available at DDG Booksellers in Downtown Farmington beginning Saturday November 24th or reservation can be made by calling 207-779-7884. “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”. Take the opportunity this holiday season and come see SRP’s A Christmas Carol- the Musical”

In the photo, the “Cratchit Family” and other SRP actors rehearse for “A Christmas Carol – The Musical”: Katie Church, Brianna Rush, Kiara Hurley, Nina Dounis, Adelaide Minton, and Mike Sherrod.

Coming Soon: “A Christmas Carol – The Musical”

Come out and see the heartwarming musical version of Dicken’s tale of the miserly Scrooge and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas.

Performances will take place in UMF’s Emery Community Arts Center at 7:30 pm from December 12-15th, and at 2:00 pm on December 15th and 16th.

Tickets are $18 for General Admission, and $16 for Students and Seniors.

More details will follow soon!

SRP Announces Auditions for “A Christmas Carol – The Musical”

The Sandy River Players are pleased to announce auditions for their Winter production of “A Christmas Carol – The Musical” based on the story by Charles Dickens with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens,and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. The auditions will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 612 Farmington Falls Rd in Farmington from 7:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 26, and from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, September 30.

The show is largely an ensemble production, with the ensemble singing throughout the show as this classic tale unfolds. There are a number of principal roles including Scrooge, Cratchit, Marley, and the three ghosts. The ensemble completes the cast by filling numerous small and mid-sized roles.

Auditions will begin with singing as an ensemble to learn a short piece of music from the show. You are also asked to come prepared to sing a short piece of music of your choosing. There will be an accompanist present. Please bring sheet music if you would like her to play. There will also be cold readings of short scenes. Interested actors who are unable to attend either of the scheduled audition times should contact the director about the possibility of conducting a third session.

Rehearsals will take place several times a week throughout the fall and early winter with ensemble rehearsals beginning early in October. Six performances are scheduled for December 12-16 at the Emery Performance Space at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The play will be directed by SRP Board members Laura Church and Kyla Wheeler. Inquiries about the auditions and the show should be directed to Laura Church at church5@fairpoint.net or 207-293-3892.

SRP Announces Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, August 29th

The Sandy River Players will hold its annual public meeting on Wednesday, August 29th from 6:00 -7:30 pm at Troll Valley Campground and Disc Golf in Farmington, Maine. The meeting will feature a pot luck dinner, a review of the group’s performances over the past year, and a discussion of plans for new shows in the upcoming season.

As always, SRP welcomes community input and assistance with upcoming shows. The public is welcome to attend the annual meeting for a chance to socialize with former (and future!) cast and crew, and possibly even join the team for next season. Please join SRP for good food and good company on Wednesday!

For more information please email srptheatre@gmail.com.

Sandy River Players Present “Agnes of God” at Emery, Sept. 7-9th

The Sandy River Players are pleased to open their 2018-19 theatrical season with “Agnes of God”, by John Pielmeier. This powerful and moving 2-act play explores the conflict between love, faith, and duty as a court-appointed psychiatrist and a mother superior clash over the fate of a young nun accused of killing her newborn daughter – a young nun who has no memory of being pregnant, or of giving birth to the child.

Performances will be held in the Emery Community Arts Center at UMF. Shows will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.  There will be a matinee at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 9th.

SRP is dedicating this production of “Agnes of God” to the memory of Nick Scott, a former Professor of Theater at UMF who passed away in March of 2018.  Professor Scott taught theater and directed plays at UMF for 28 years. He retired in 2001. In addition to sharing his love of theater with UMF students, Scott was a strong supporter of the Sandy River Players and local theater.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. Beginning Friday,August 24th, advance tickets may be purchased at DDG Booksellers in downtown Farmington, or reservations made by calling 207-779-7884.

Sandy River Players Announce Auditions for “Agnes of God”, June 14 & 16

The Sandy River Players are pleased to announce auditions for their Fall production of “Agnes of God”, a play by John Pielmeier.  The auditions will be held at the SRP Playhouse at 111 Starling Street in West Farmington from 7:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, June 14th, and from 3:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, June 16th.

There are three roles in the play: Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist retained to evaluate the sanity of Agnes, a young nun, and Mother Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior of Agnes’ convent.

Agnes has been arrested for killing her baby.  But she claims to have no recollection of giving birth, or of disposing of the baby’s body in a waste paper can in her dormitory room.  Neither does she remember being pregnant, or the conception of the child.  The court appoints the skeptical Dr. Livingstone to interview Agnes. Mother Miriam fiercely defends Agnes’ innocent mysticism, their religious faith, and the church.  The play explores the fragility of faith and sanity, the fallibility of memory, and the painful conflict between doing what is right and protecting the ones we love.

Auditions will be comprised of cold readings from the script. Actors auditioning for the role of Agnes should be prepared to sing two brief selections from the incidental music in the play: “Kyrie Eleison” in the style of a Gregorian chant, and the folk song “Charlie’s Neat”. Interested actors who are unable to attend either of the scheduled audition times should contact the play’s director about the possibility of conducting a third session.

Rehearsals will take place several times a week throughout the summer, and performances are scheduled for 79 September in the Emery Performance Space at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The play will be co-directed by SRP Board members Michael Sherrod and Kat Zachary.  Inquiries about the auditions and the show should be directed to Mike Sherrod at mikesherrod01@gmail.com or 207-860-0220.

SRP Summer Camp Starts Soon!

Summer is finally here and it’s time to prepare for Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp. This year’s production is “Mary Poppins, Jr.” a Music Theatre International production.

SRP’s Summer Youth Music Camp is a three-week theater camp for children ages 8–14. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Monday, July 2nd through Friday, July 20th with performances on July 20th, 21st and 22nd. Camp is held in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus.

For the latest information and updates, visit the SRP Summer Youth Music camp Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SRPtheatrecamp/

 

SRP Presents “Comedy Tonight”, March 23rd & 24th

The Sandy River Players of Farmington have a remedy for those who are suffering from the Winter Blues. Mother Nature has not been kind, but SRP is offering a chance to ignore her and laugh away any negative feelings. Their therapy will be in the form of a collection of fun and humor which they have named “Comedy Tonight.” Their production will be an evening of comic skits, stand-up routines, improvisation, songs, and more. The audience will be drawn into the concept of a house party where everyone is intent on amusing their neighbors.
Performance dates are March 23 and 24, and the show will begin at 7:30. SRP is once again partnering with the West Farmington Grange, where the stage is being transformed into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Whosit. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. The production is being labeled a PG-13 for some adult language and situations.
Mr. and Mrs. Whosit will be played by director Robin Lisherness and producer Karen West. Their comic neighbors will be played by Laura Church, Bruce Ibarguen, Jackson Pendleton, Fred Dearnley, Dan Huettner, Laurel Fraley, and Rosie Doe. Their presentations will pay tribute to such authors as James Thurber, Jean Kerr, and Tim Sample, and the show will include original humor, musical theatre songs, and even some Looney Tunes!
Tickets will be available at the door only. Concessions will be served during the intermission.

UPDATE: Auditions for SRP Comedy Variety Show Set for Feb 8, 2018 Only

UPDATE: Due to Wednesday’s impending snowstorm, auditions will take place on Thursday, February 8th only.

Enjoy doing comedy on stage? Got a funny story or skit you’d like to share? Then you should audition for the Sandy River Players’ evening of comedy called “Comedy Tonight.” The production will be an evening of comic sketches, jokes, stories, and songs all strung together with the concept of an evening with Mr. and Mrs. Whosit and their friends. The Whosit party will take place near the end of March, just when everyone needs some laughs to get rid of winter’s memories.

Auditions will be held on February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 at the SRP Playhouse on Starling St. in West Farmington. Those auditioning should be prepared to present their own comic performance or read from a script provided by the director, Robin Lisherness. For more details, contact the Sandy River Players online (srptheatre@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/SandyRiverPlayers/) or call 684-4483.

Sandy River Players Present Two-Act Comedy, “Greater Tuna”

The Sandy River Players of Farmington invite audiences to travel with them to Tuna, Texas, where in the course of a normal day for citizens of Tuna they will explore many unusual scenarios. The two-act comedy “Greater Tuna,” by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, asks some peculiar questions such as: what was Judge Buckner actually wearing when he died? Is Petey Fisk a “puppy pusher?” Is Pearl Buras a serial dog killer? Did the town drunk really see a UFO? Should “Romeo and Juliet” be snatched from the high school library? These questions are answered with hilarity – and some adult language. The play would probably be rated PG-13.

“Greater Tuna” will be performed in the Mt. Blue High School Forum on Nov. 9 through 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General admission is $14 and Seniors and Students pay $10.

The play was originally conceived and performed by the two authors playing all 22 characters. Director Peter Simmel, former professor of Theatre at UMF, is repeating a concept he used at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, when he cast the play with multiple actors to fill the many roles. Co-author Joe Sears came to see Simmel’s production and said he very much liked the concept. So the SRP cast is made up of 18 actors, and in community theatre style includes high school students, retirees, a minister, college professors, and people who travel from East Dixfield, Vienna, and even Auburn to participate.

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Complimentary tickets for the Sandy River Players’ production of “Greater Tuna” are being offered as prizes at the Dugout Bar and Grill Trivia night on Tuesday, November 7, and to lucky callers who respond to ads on local radio station WKTJ. That ad will be recorded by actors Bruce Ibarguen and Robin Lisherness (shown) who fill the roles of radio announcers in the play. This is no big jump for Ibarguen, who for many years was a notable voice of WKTJ.

Advance tickets may be purchased at DDG Booksellers in downtown Farmington or by reservation by calling 207.779.7884.