BATH — The classic “Animal Farm,” a thought-provoking tale of power and politics from visionary novelist George Orwell, comes to life at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

For one show only, this special theatrical adaptation from Boston’s New Repertory Theater is suitable for audiences age 10 and up.

Based on the 1945 acclaimed novel by George Orwell, “Animal Farm” delves into the politics of power using animal allegory. Thinking life will be better when they overthrow the farm’s humans, the animals create a new society, and adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, “All animals are equal.” Over time, issues like natural disasters and productivity come into play; the power structures shift, and conspiracies and collaboration become the name of the day. The Seven Commandments are rewritten and reduced to a single phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door; children tickets are $10 each.

The following evening the main stage transforms for the joyous sounds of Acadian and Quebecois folk music — seasoned with a dash of Cajun spice — when Canadian trio Bon Débarras takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Bon Débarras’ take on traditional and contemporary North American roots music, inspired as much by dance and poetry as it is the trio’s own musical heritage, guarantees a night of cultural fusion and expression.

Multi-instrumentalist and choreographer Dominic Desrochers, fiddle and violin player Marie-Pierre Lecault, and multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Dumas delight in mining traditional musics. The group will be appearing by invitation at the Folk Alliance International 2019 conference in Montreal.


Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center is at 804 Washington St. Tickets are available by calling 207-442-8455 or online at

Still shot from a production of “Animal Farm.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Canadian trio Bon Debarras.

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