Strand Family Series

‘The Adventures of Miss Susan’

Mar 15, 2019
Brittany Parker interacts with “Miss Susan” in a new multi-media family show at the Strand Theatre.

Rockland — “The Adventures of Miss Susan,” multi-media puppet show, will be presented Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre. 345 Main St. The show is part of the Strand Family Series, which features a Pay-What-You-Can sliding scale for admission. Running time is 45 minutes.

A fictional story based on a real hero, “The Adventures of Miss Susan” follows a Maine children's librarian as she encounters the battles of her everyday world — attending intimidating board meetings and executing countless fundraisers, while also serving tea and popcorn to 40 first graders at story time. Her efforts are tireless as she fights for those who can’t fight for themselves — children.

On the night of her retirement party, Miss Susan is feeling heartbroken over ending the most exciting and rigorous chapter of her life. But when a mysterious drink shrinks her to the size of the very books on her shelves, she is called once more to fight, this time amidst the extraordinary battles of the stories on the page.

“The Adventures of Miss Susan,” presented by theater-maker Brittany Parker, uses tabletop puppetry, pop-up books, live projected video feed and an original music score to tell the story of an everyday hero. The show was developed through a residency at the Barn Arts Collective and the Southwest Harbor Public Library in the summer of 2018 with collaborators Mélissa Smith, Katie Melby and composer Andrew Lynch.

The Strand Family Series is a new performing arts series that presents events that will engage all ages. The goal is to provide quality arts entertainment that families can enjoy together, with a sliding scale for admission so that cost is not a barrier. Additional shows in the series are “The Magician’s Assistant,” a hilarious one-woman physical comedy, Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m.; and the indie pop-rock band Bee Parks and the Hornets, returning to the Strand Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. with a high-energy concert party.

Admission is a Pay-What-You-Can admission sliding scale of $20/$10/$5/$0. Underwriting support from Rockland Harbor Hotel, The Pharmacy at Pen Bay Medical Center, and The Riley School has made the sliding scale admission possible. For more information or tickets, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

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

The puppet “Miss Susan” heads for the stratosphere.
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