It may seem quiet through much of the winter and spring months at The Theater At Monmouth, as loyal patrons near and far eagerly await a summer’s worth of great, professional theater.
Actually, there’s a whole lot happening in the off-season as Producing Director David Greenham and members of the artistic staff assemble the summer theater company and plot what will be 10 weeks of exceptional theatrical experiences in July and August.
The Theater At Monmouth grows from a few staff members to a company of more than 50 as actors, directors, managers, designers, and technicians converge in mid-June upon the small town from points across Maine and from all over the United States.
The company quickly becomes a tight-knit group as everyone comes together in a short and intense two-week period of planning, design, and rehearsal to create a magical experience for more than 28,000 theatergoers.
“We are looking forward to what will be an incredible year of unforgettable performances,” Greenham said.
“As always, we will offer fresh interpretations of Shakespeare’s work, making them accessible and entertaining for everyone. This year we have selected ‘The Comedy of Errors,’ Shakespeare’s shortest and silliest of comedies, as well as action-packed ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre,’ an exciting first for the Theater and for many audience members as well.”
Also on stage this summer will be Mark Twain’s hilarious lost play “Is He Dead?” It’s a classic Twain must-see only recently published from his personal papers.
TAM will also present George Bernard Shaw’s comically clever “Misalliance,” an ironic look at marriage and courtship.
Also in the offering, a delightful, funny tale for children, “The Canterville Ghost,” in which an American family moves to an historic home in Britain where they find the ghostly Sir Simon as an unexpected house guest.
“In the fall, we’ll bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ to the stage, and along the way you can expect plenty of special events and surprises. You can keep up with all of this by regularly visiting theateratmonmouth.org,” Greenham said.
A smaller company will be on hand to produce the classic Gilbert and Sullivan musical with professional leads and crew and a chorus of community members. It carries on Cumston Hall’s rich heritage of G&S productions that go back to the American Savoyards, an acclaimed troupe of actors who delighted theatergoers through several repertory seasons of the Savoy operettas.
You can reserve seats for all of these shows and more on www.theateratmonmouth.org where you can check out show calendars and plan your summer theater experiences. You can also call the box office at (207) 933-9999.
Founded in 1970, the Theater was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the Maine State Legislature in 1975. Performances are held in beautiful Cumston Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976. This summer will mark TAM’s 41st season, and its reputation for top quality performances by equity and non-equity actors has been enriched each year.
The Theater At Monmouth strives to offer a variety of productions that appeal to folks of all kinds and is proud to belong to Maine’s tradition of quality work and innovation. To learn more about The Theater At Monmouth, show schedules, tickets and more, go to www.theateratmonmouth.org or call the box office at (207) 933-9999.