The Sandy River Players of Farmington are taking their fall show on the road! “The Court of Final Reckoning” will be performed in three venues over two weekends, a first for this 50 year old organization. The play is also their second play this year by a Maine author. “COFR” was written by local playwright Anna Freeman of West Athens.
“COFR” is a unique play that takes the audience to a Heavenly Courtroom where the Seven Deadly Sins are put on trial. Each defendant is questioned by an impartial judge, allowed to deliver a defense to the jury, and then declared to be forgiven, condemned, or given a second chance. The twelve-person jury will be chosen randomly from the audience.
Author Anna Freeman says the play is a serio-comedy, “not just a comedy because some of it is serious – I think – I hope – at least the message about being careful about judgment and about the two sides of every pancake. Particularly in this time of conflicts between people of different color, religion, sexual orientation, etc. etc. etc., we need to pull back the reins of judgment. And that is a serious undertaking. However, as to it being comedic – a sugar coated pill is always easier to swallow!”
The cast of nine and their technical crew will open on Friday, September 20, at the Phillips Area Community Center, where seating will be cabaret style. The next night, Saturday, September 21, the production moves to the Vienna Union Hall. Then “COFR” performs twice more the next weekend on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, at the Emery Community Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Maine Farmington. All shows begin at 7:30.
Tickets will be $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and they will be available at the door. Director Robin Lisherness says, “Before the curtain goes up, from the audience we will choose twelve people by a raffle, and they will have special front row seats and an exceptional opportunity to decide the ending of the play.”
The Sandy River Players wants all to be aware that the play has mature content and adult language. “Consider,” says Lisherness, “that we are dealing with deadly sins here!”
The Sandy River Players of Farmington are inviting the public to audition for their fall production, a unique play that will go on the road. “The Court of Final Reckoning,” a play by Maine author Anna Freeman of West Athens, details the trial of six defendants charged with The Seven Deadly Sins. Sent to a heavenly court, those on trial are questioned individually by a noble judge, who is assisted by a perky stenographer and a trusty bailiff. Then each defendant addresses the jury, explaining why he or she committed the sin. Or was it a sin? Twelve audience members are chosen to be the jury, and they will decide if the defendants are to be forgiven, given a second chance, or condemned.
Director Robin Lisherness says that this script will not only provide an interesting challenge, but the production itself will be unique for the Players as it will travel to Phillips and Vienna for a performance before returning to Farmington for two more shows. Dates for the production are September 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Auditions will be held on Friday, August 2 from 5:30 – 7:00, and on Saturday, August 3 from 3:30 – 5:00, at the SRP Playhouse on Starling Street in West Farmington. There are roles for five women and four men, and, as one might expect, the subject matter is of an adult nature. Auditioners should be prepared to fill out forms detailing rehearsal availability and to read from the script. For more information, call the director at 684-4483.
Summer is on its way, and it’s time to prepare for Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp. This year’s production is “Shrek The Musical 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 1 through Friday, July 19 with performances on July 19, 20 and 21. Camp is held in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus. Tickets for these performances will be available roughly two weeks before the performances at Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers, through the Sandy River Players reservation line and at the door. Each of these locations will have a limited number of tickets.
Cost of the camp is $175. Camp size is limited to 30 children and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications are available at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 193 Broadway in downtown Farmington beginning on April 3 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org upon request. Completed applications should be mailed to: Sandy River Players, PO Box 709, Farmington, ME 04938.
Only mailed, hard copy applications will be accepted – electronic applications will not be considered. For more information, or to request an application, please contact email@example.com. Also, for the latest information and updates, follow the Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SRPtheatrecamp/
The Sandy River Players of Farmington is offering an opportunity to celebrate the advent of spring, after a long harsh Maine winter, by presenting a play about such a winter and the family that endures it. The play “Icebound” is a Maine play in every aspect, sure to be appreciated by those who want to revisit a moment in the history of this great state and its people.
“Icebound” was written in 1923 by Bangor native Owen Davis who set the play in the nearby small town of Veazie. Surprisingly, few people know about this play which went to Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama during its six-month run in New York, and then it was ma
de into a silent movie. The three-act play tells the mostly sad story of a rural farming family who are as cold as the winters they manage to endure. In the 1920s and ‘30s, playwright Owen Davis was an
important celebrity at Lakewood Theater in Skowhegan, known at the time as the “Broadway of Maine.”
Performance dates are February 28 and March 1, 2, and 3. Curtain is at 7:00 for the 28th, 1st and 2nd, and 2:00 for the 3rd. The venue is the West Farmington Grange Hall, and prices are $12 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available at the door, and advanced sales are available at DDG Booksellers of Farmington or online at 207.779.7884.
The cast of 12 is made up of a talented group of locals who bring authenticity to their roles: Richard Morton, Brianna Rush, and Shanee Stepakoff from Farmington; Laura Church, Tim Davis, and Dan Huettner from Vienna; Didi and Jon Rollins from Kingfield; Michaela Carney, a senior at UMF from Richmond; Austin Frederick from Norridgewock; Caitlin Zamboni, a Mt. Blue High senior from Wilton; and Evan Phillips, a New Sharon 8th grader at Mt. Blue Middle School.
For co-directors Robin Lisherness and Karen West, this is the second Maine play they have directed, having previously presented John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” with SRP. “The plays are similar in that they were both written by Maine authors about Maine people, but that’s where the similarity ends,” says Lisherness. “Cariani’s play is just as funny as it can be, but Davis’s play is a dramatic story with very serious characters.”
“But,” adds West, “Audiences are going to find humor in “Icebound,” too. There are moments when you just have to laugh because you can identify with the language and the actions of these Mainers. Your grandparents may have used those very same words to describe a family dispute!”
SRP is pleased to be once again performing on the stage in the West Farmington Grange Hall, where the traditional box set found in most of Maine’s old Grange halls is a perfect beginning for their vision of a small parlor in a Maine farmhouse built in the 19th century. A crew consisting of Brian Church, Dan Huettner, and Michael Sherrod, in addition to the cast, will create and light the set and provide vintage props and costumes.
With a theme of “Shop Local! Support Maine!” SRP will be recognizing area businesses which are supporters of their community theatre and which, in particular, are standing behind this tribute to rural Maine.
Next up for the Sandy River Players will be the 3-act play “Icebound”, which was written in 1923 by Maine writer Owen Davis. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that year while appearing on Broadway. Later, the play returned to Maine to be performed at Lakewood Theatre, where Davis had close connections.
The story tells of a family in Veazie, Maine, who have many issues with one another, especially about who should inherit their mother’s farm and money. There are roles for 12 actors: 1 young boy. 1 mature teenage girl, 5 men and 5 women of varying ages. Some roles are small but most are quite large and will require a significant commitment.
Auditions will be held at the SRP Playhouse on Starling St. in West Farmington on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dates for the performance are tentatively set for March 1-3, to be presented at the West Farmington Grange Hall.
For more information, call the directors Robin Lisherness (684-4483) or Karen West (778-0435).
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“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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-293-3892.
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!
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