Opera House turns 120 with family fun
Camden — On Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m., the downtown Camden Opera House will host the return of the renowned Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. with Molly Gawler. This uniquely entertaining show is, literally, filled with buoyant entertainment, along with juggling, dance, comedy and more.
Camden Opera House turns 120 this year and to celebrate is presenting some of its Best of the Best of the Past performers. Fred Garbo is just the first — others include Iris Dement, Barnaby Bright and Noel Paul Stookey (Stookey made an appearance at the PopTech conference, but this will be his first time presenting a public concert at the opera house).
Maine’s own Garbo has performed with groups and as a solo act across the world. He has appeared in such diverse settings as the acrobat inside Barkley the Dog on “Sesame Street,” chief juggler on Broadway in the musical “Barnum,” tumbling for New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, dancing with Momix in Brazil and joking with David Letterman on his “Late Night Show.” Garbo brings a gymnast’s timing and an actors presence to his Inflatable Theatre Company.
Gawler grew up on a small farm in Maine. She danced from a young age and studied Vaganova ballet method with Russian teacher and choreographer Andrei Bossov. Following that, she broadened her horizons with ballet, modern and improvisational studies at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance.
In New York City, Gawler danced with contemporary/modern companies CorbinDances, with choreography by Patrick Corbin; and Nøa Dance, with choreography by Nelly VanBommell. She danced with Pilobolus in the leading “dog girl” role in Pilobolus’ “Shadowland,” which toured the world. While in her home state of Maine, she plays fiddle, banjo and sings in the Gawler Family Band as well as with her trio of sisters, the Gawler Sisters, both of which perform regularly in Waldo County. Her new dance company, Droplet Dance, uses performance art to celebrate and spread awareness of water. She has been performing in the Fred Garbo. A highlight of her appearance with Garbo is her solo appearance on roller skates.
Tickets are $12 for the all-ages show, available at camdenoperahouse.com; by calling 470-7066; or weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Camden Town Office (for no additional fee).
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.