MSMT welcomes back Grammy-nominated a cappella group “Toxic Audio”


BRUNSWICK – Maine State Music Theatre is pleased to announce the return of popular a cappella group “Toxic Audio” to Pickard Theater this season. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2004 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience,” and a Grammy Nomination in 2006, its members have appeared on television with Ed McMahon, Wayne Brady, and on ESPN’s “Cold Pizza.” Praised for their humorous shows, improvisational skill and talent for pushing the boundaries of the human voice, “Toxic Audio” has played to sold-out crowds at Maine State for the last two years. This year, the group will be performing on July 29 and 30 in shows that mix exciting new acts with old favorites. Tickets are on sale now at and from the Box Office at 725 8769.

“Toxic Audio” launched its innovative show in 1998, originally performing out of an abandoned storefront for Orlando’s Fringe Festival. Their act caught the eye of Disney executives who hired them as regular performers for Disney/MGM Studios. The group is comprised of René Ruiz, Jeremy James, Shalisa James, Michelle Mailhot-Valines and Paul Sperrazza. Each member contributes distinct vocal elements, such as a talent for percussion, improvisation or speed. Blended together, the results are spectacular, creating aural illusions that dazzle and captivate. “Toxic Audio” has released five albums since their inception. Recordings will be available for purchase at Pickard Theater during their performances.