FARMINGTON — Prepare to be inspired and entertained by the true-life story of “Maine’s legendary large animal veterinarian,” the late “Doc Cooper,” when his son Michael performs Doc’s life story using mime and unique masks.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Emery Art Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and free for UMF students with ID and those under 18.

Michael Cooper’s stellar 35-year career of mask-making and mime was inspired by his late father, who moved with his family across the continent, from British Columbia to rural Maine, to “care for sick and injured animals” — earning a place in the hearts of countless practitioners of this area’s country life.

Travel with his parents exposed Cooper to the first masks worn by prehistoric hunters, as well as the beauty and power of the tribal masks worn by the Northwest Native Americans and which ultimately inspired his career as a mask-maker.

His mime skills were learned from studying with the renowned mime Tony Montenaro.

Michael Cooper will perform at Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Emery Center, UMF, in Farmington.


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