The community variety show hosted each year by Rockland Main Street, Inc. has announced the 2104 call for talent. “Midcoast Maine Has Talent — Or Not,” as the show is titled, seeks as many as 15 separate acts to participate at the popular event, scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

In past years, the show has brought some fine musicians and performers to the stage, providing an entertaining evening for all in attendance. And according to the organizers, not all the performers can hit the high notes or dance without a slip or two.

“It’s all for fun, and though there will be some solid acts, no one takes themselves too seriously,” said Paul Benjamin, who will be returning as the Master of Ceremonies. Benjamin’s North Atlantic Blues Festival and the Strand are sponsors for this year’s event.

While some acts may have experience performing before a large audience, most of the show will be made up of old friends and newcomers to the Midcoast community who want to share their talent. Benjamin said the show is open to everyone, and he expects to see a wide selection of entertainment genres. The event was developed by Rockland Main Street, Inc., exclusively for the entertainment of the community.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves, sing along, and have a few laughs in the heart of downtown Rockland,” he said.

Performers who wish to be considered for the show are encouraged to contact Benjamin no later than Friday, May 23, at 596-6055 or

Tickets for the show will be available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 students. In addition to the variety show and other events including the annual Summer Solstice Celebration, the Festival of Lights Parade and Lobster Trap Christmas Tree and the “So You Think You Know Rockland” competition, Rockland Main Street, Inc. is committed to the historic preservation of, and economic development in, the downtown district.

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