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.
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 7–9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-860-0220.
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/
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 (email@example.com or https://www.facebook.com/SandyRiverPlayers/) or call 684-4483.
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.
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.
The Sandy River Players of Farmington are announcing a second round of auditions for their Fall production of Greater Tuna, a comedy by Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Greater Tuna takes the audience through a day in the lives of the citizens of Tuna, Texas, encountering such things as radio station OKKK, UFO sightings, a used weapons sale, and celebrity murder. The play will be directed by retired University of Maine at Farmington professor of theatre, Peter Simmel. Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on September 14 and 15, and from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. The auditions will be held in the Performance Forum at Mt. Blue High School. The cast includes 19 characters. Some roles are likely to be double cast. Auditioners are asked to be ready to do cold readings from the script. The performance dates for Greater Tuna are Nov. 9 – 12. SRP is also seeking an assistant stage manager for this show. For more information you can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Sandy River Players FaceBook page.
The Sandy River Players will hold its annual public meeting on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at Troll Valley Campground and Disc Golf.
This meeting will include a social hour and pot-luck supper, plus an optional business meeting–during which previous and upcoming productions will be discussed. There will also be an explanation of the nomination of new board members and election of officers. All former audience, cast, and crew members of any SRP show as well as anyone interested in auditioning for or helping behind the scenes with future shows are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Sandy River Players, your local theater company, has a long-standing tradition of producing quality plays and musicals. Recent productions include the annual summer children’s theater camp versions of The Lion King, Jr. and Spamalot, the plays Almost Maine and The Rimers of Eldrich, plus the musicals 1776 and The Sound of Music.
SRP is currently looking for new members to continue in the next season of this great theater tradition and provide input and talent with upcoming shows. Please join us!
If you would like more information and/or can’t make the meeting, please email email@example.com.
Always look on the bright side of life! Sandy River Players annual Summer Youth Music Theatre Camp will be performing “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” on July 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus.
Appropriate for younger audiences, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” is based on the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT;” books & lyrics by Eric Idle with music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. The Young@part edition has been adapted by Marc Tumminelli.
The story centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. After a rather silly bit of miscommunication leads us briefly to Finland, our king and his ever faithful squire Patsy begin to search for knights to accompany him on his Quest. He finds his first in the unlikely guise of Dennis, a hideous local mud farmer. After convincing the locals that he is the king by conjuring the Lady of Lake to prove it, Dennis is transformed into Sir Galahad. The rest of the knights are found far and wide and The Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, send our stalwart band on their way. They meet up with an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters and musical hilarity ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey.
Tickets are available at Devaney, Doak, & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington or at the door the night of the performance. You can also reserve tickets by calling 779-7884. Please note that although this show is performed in the new Bjorn Auditorium, SRP’s contract with Theatrical Rights Worldwide has limited the number of seats available each night to 150 despite the larger size of the Bjorn, so please get your tickets early! The costs are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and students.
Summer is here, and Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp starts soon! This year’s production is “Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part,” a Theatrical Rights Worldwide 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 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning Monday, June 26th through Friday, July 14th with performances on July 14th, 15th and 16th. 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 will be available at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 193 Broadway in downtown Farmington starting on April 6th or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org upon request immediately.
Completed applications should be mailed to: Sandy River Players, PO Box 709, Farmington, Maine 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.