‘Earth Maiden’ in Amphitheatre

Live theater, large puppets and dance

Jul 23, 2013
Shana Bloomstein is part of the large cast of Terra Diddle Collective’s “The Earth Maiden.”

Camden — Terra Diddle Collective, in partnership with Camden Public Library, will bring “The Earth Maiden” to the Camden Amphitheatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 through 4, at 6 p.m. If it rains Friday or Saturday, a 10 a.m. Sunday performance will be added.

“The Earth Maiden” is an original play written by Camden artist Kathryn Oliver, the Collective's artistic director. It tells a mythical story of a sacred land created and nurtured by a loving young maiden and given into the care of a population that soon forgets how to care for it. All is not lost; the inhabitants find a way, through love and redemption, to restore the balance.

The timeless story is told through music, song and the dance choreography and narration of Camden artist and Collective Director Kristi Williamson. “The Earth Maiden” features more than 45 performers, 21 of which are younger than 13. Sharing the stage with the cast are Oliver's bigger-than-life-size puppets, some which require two or three people to operate. Fantastical costumes by Robin Horty transform the local cast into fairies, lions, birds, oceans and mythical creatures, all set before the original painted backdrops of local artist, Rachel Nixon.

The play is appropriate for all ages and runs just over an hour. Tickets are $10, $8 for children younger than 12, available at HAV II in Camden, Rock City in Rockland and at the park an hour before each show; bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call Oliver at 593-2677 or visit terradiddlecollective.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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