Maskers turn 25 with 'Brigadoon'
After 25 years and more than 150 productions, the Belfast Maskers may be celebrating its first quarter century without a physical address but the community troupe is in fine shape. Those with any doubts are advised to head down to the waterfront beginning Thursday, July 26 for the annual outdoor summer musical, a tradition begun in the nonprofit group's 20th year and fortified two years ago with the debut of John Bielenberg's ingenious movable feast of a Festival Stage.
This year's show, Lerner and Loewe's “Brigadoon” will put the stage to the test with a cast and crew of nearly 40 people (not to mention real farm animals) and plans to take the show to Searsport after an initial run of performances in Belfast. Both towns have been extremely supportive of the permanent homeless Maskers, making space available for rehearsals, summer campers and housing for interns.
The fictitious Scottish hamlet of Brigadoon is an enchanted village unknown to the outside world except for its existence one day every 100 years. Two visitors from New York stumble upon the village on this special centennial day, putting the town’s magical spell in jeopardy … and finding love. The original Broadway production was choreographed by Agnes de Mille; the Maskers have called in Iveagh Gott plus Michele Cox and the Atlantic Ballet Company to add dance to its production. The show is directed by Aynne Ames with musical direction by Jamie Hagedorn.
“Brigadoon” performances will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 26 through 29 at 7 p.m. at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast; and Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 2 5 at 7 p.m. outside Searsport’s Union Hall. Admission for all performances is $18 for adults; $10 for teens; and $5 for children age 5 to 12.
Tickets are available by calling 338-9668 or at the venue one hour before performances. In Belfast, advance tickets also may be purchased at Out of the Woods, 48 Main St. In Searsport, advance tickets also may be purchased at Gallery 37, 37 Main St./Route 1. For more information, call 338-9668.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.