One Hundreds Years of Music



BAR HARBOR — A century’s worth of popular song will shimmy through the stacks of the Jesup Memorial Library this weekend, as the library cabaret makes its triumphant return.

 

Joe Cough of Bar Harbor stars in the revival of The Cabaret at Jesup Memorial Library in a program called
Joe Cough of Bar Harbor stars in the revival of The Cabaret at Jesup Memorial Library in a program called
Well-known local musical personalities Anne and Robert Bahr will bring back the fun-filled event, along with a cast of emerging talent and experienced theater pros. It has been nearly 20 years since Ms. Bahr directed her last cabaret.

The “Phantom of the Library” features Bar Harbor’s own Joe Cough and Lindsay Smith Wilson in a song-based travelogue through the past 100 years. Roland Dube, Tim Searchfield, Edward Vanzura and others fill a number of supporting roles.

Mr. Cough plays the Phantom, a young man who was asked to guard the library by Mr. Jesup himself when it was built in 1911. He agreed, and was granted immortality in return, but was prohibited from ever leaving the building.

Ms. Smith Wilson is a young librarian, new on the job, who encounters the Phantom one night while working late. Upon telling him that the library is closed, she learns who he is and how he came to be there. The pair then travels back to the beginning, as the Phantom explains all he has seen and heard during a century.

The Phantom of the Library is a special event and part of a year-long celebration of the Jesup Memorial Library’s 100th birthday. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Admission is $15 per person and includes pie and coffee. Seating is limited to 100 people per performance. Advance tickets are on sale at the library, on Mount Desert Street downtown.

For more information, call the library at 288-4845.

 

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