Celebration Barn Theater, supported in part by Norway Savings Bank, opens its 52nd season, featuring variety shows, films, storytelling, dance, concerts, and so much more.

PARIS—For 52 years, it has provided physical theater artists, from mimes to clowns to actors, a venue to hone their respective crafts and share their work with appreciative crowds of all ages. In the process, the Celebration Barn Theater has inspired artistic creativity and built community among performers and audiences alike.

Located on an 11-acre property on Stock Farm Road in Paris, the Celebration Barn Theater offers workshops and residencies for artists, presents a series of live theatrical productions, and brings the magic to students in local schools, helping to cultivate a love of the theater and performing arts in young people.

Norway Savings Bank has offered consistent support of the theater for years, including a $3,000 sponsorship this month.

“NSB loves to support cultural institutions in Maine that are encouraging creativity, inspiring community building, and offering unforgettable experiences to residents and visitors. The Celebration Barn Theater certainly exceeds all of those standards,” said Dan Walsh, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “People who visit the theater can also enjoy the beautiful walking trails around the campus. There’s even an apple orchard. It’s really a special place.”

The Celebration Barn Theater was founded in 1972 by Tony Montanaro, a world-renowned performer and teacher, who drew performers from around the country and beyond to participate in his acclaimed Celebration Mime Ensemble. Through the decades, the offerings have expanded and the audiences have grown. Amanda Huotari served as the theater’s executive artistic director for 15 years through 2021, deepening the theater’s range of workshops, shows, and community-based initiatives. It even successfully endured the pandemic with online workshops that served hundreds of artists from over 25 countries.

“We are so thankful for the support and commitment of Norway Savings Bank and other community members and donors that make what we do and the impact we make possible,” said David Bruin, who has served as Executive Artistic Director at the theater since 2021. “The theater has a storied history, of course, and our staff, volunteers, and artists are dedicated to not only the presentation and preservation of creativity and artistic excellence but also to playing key roles in encouraging the next generation of theater-makers in a place that has moved thousands of people in countless ways for over 50 years.”

The 2024 season at the theater features variety shows, films, storytelling, dance, concerts, and so much more. To check out the schedule and book a memorable moment or two, visit www.celebrationbarn.com/shows.

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