Barn ‘breaks all bounds’ with comic ‘Camp Maine’

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PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris presents “The Last Hurrah at Camp Maine,” a comic summer camp reunion from New York writer and director Jeff Wirth, on Aug. 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.

In this immersive adventure, Celebration Barn’s property plays the role of the oldest summer camp in the state as the story unfolds all over the camp and all around the audience.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and are available online at www.CelebrationBarn.com or via the box office at (207) 743-8452.

“Camp Maine writer and director Jeff Wirth is a pioneer in this new style of theater performance known as ‘immersive,'” Celebration Barn Artistic Director Amanda Huotari said.

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“This adventurous form breaks all boundaries of a traditional stage show,” Huotari said. “In ‘Camp Maine,’ the audience will move around Celebration Barn’s 11-acre property as we invite them to imagine that they all have a personal history with this fictional summer camp. Whether you are an audience member who prefers to sit back and watch or one who wants to get close to the action, it’s designed to be fun for everyone.”

Wirth joined the Celebration Barn faculty in 2013. He is president of Wirth Creative, a New York-based company that develops interactive story experiences, and the artistic director of the performance ensemble Playing with Reality. Jeff has consulted for Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group and Disney Imagineering and has written a book, “Interactive Acting.”

The professional cast includes Celebration Barn veterans Michael Miclon, Amanda Huotari  and Fred Garbo, as well as actors from as far away as Washington state and Colombia.

Now in its 44th season, Celebration Barn is Maine’s international center for theater training, creating and performing. Artists from around the globe come to study physical theater techniques including improvisation, storytelling, physical comedy and ensemble creation. Dedicated to growing a creative community both locally and within the international performing arts field, Celebration Barn’s mission is to fuel the development of new work that is crafted, innovative and wildly alive.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.. Celebration Barn is off Route 117 at 190 Stock Farm Road. 

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