BUCKFIELD – The Oddfellow Theater will present “A Celebration of Celebration Barn” Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, to pay tribute to the Barn, where famous mime Tony Montanaro taught many a performing artist.

“The Oddfellow Theater would not exist, if not for the Celebration Barn Theater,” said Oddfellow Theater owner Mike Miclon. “The most important things about theater and performance, I learned there.”

Montanaro founded Celebration Barn in 1972 in Paris, Maine, and developed it into a world-renowned theater school for mime, improvisation, storytelling and other performing arts. He attracted performing artists from around the world.

From 1988 to 2007, the Barn was owned and operated by Carol Brett who introduced students to a wide variety of acclaimed teachers of theater.

Now under the direction of Amanda Huotari, Celebration Barn is continuing the work of her predecessors as well as creating a broader direction.

The show will feature past alumni who have made an impact on the live theater world. They include Fred Garbo, Huotari, Davis Robinson, Fritz Grobe, Karen Montanaro, Miclon and others.

Tickets to the night of celebration beginning at 7:30 p.m. are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children 12 and younger.

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