• Picturing downtown Ellsworth

    Picturing downtown Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Portland photographer Heath Paley, whose large–scale and high-definition photographs of 18 Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House in Augusta and other venues in 2016-2017, turned his lens on Ellsworth as part of the series. Those images are the focus of a show opening Wednesday, April 24,

  • Maine animator had a hand in new release

      GOULDSBORO — “Missing Link,” a stop-motion animated film about a lonely, lovable Sasquatch resembling a giant, apelike pine cone, who enlists a pompous British explorer to guide and help him find his missing relatives in Shangri La, opens this weekend April 12-14 in cinemas across the nation and world. Prospect Harbor’s Adam Fisher, who

  • America’s composers celebrated at orchestra’s concert

    America’s composers celebrated at orchestra’s concert

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s fifth Masterworks concert for the 2018-19 season on Sunday was a celebration of American composers. The program’s first half comprised three works featuring featured popular tunes. William Grant Still’s “Can’t You Line ’Em” is a brief orchestral treatment of a chant sung by railroad workers. Still, who has been

  • Grand’s “Wizard of Oz”  cast delivers a hit

    Grand’s “Wizard of Oz” cast delivers a hit

    ELLSWORTH — The Grand’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” which opened last weekend, has put the fine old theater back on track of presenting excellently cast, produced, directed and performed musicals. While there have been elements of all these qualities in recent past productions, it has been a while since they all have come

  • Hancock County show choirs delight audience at state finals

    Hancock County show choirs delight audience at state finals

    FAIRFIELD — The Mount Desert Island High School Show Choir’s evocative, exquisitely performed production “Requiem,” featuring a finely conducted pit band, captured first place and a gold medal, Saturday in Division I of Maine’s 2019 Maine All State Vocal Jazz & Show Choir Competition held March 29-30 at Lawrence High School. Organized by the state’s

  • Forging ahead

    STONINGTON — Kate Russell, whose troupe Threadbare Theatre Workshop was in residence last summer to develop and direct an original play, “The Royal Tarr,” has been hired as Opera House Arts’ new director of communications and engagement. Russell also served as the organization’s first creative producing fellow in 2016-17. In addition, Opera House Arts’ Producing

  • Grand returns to land of Oz in April

    Grand returns to land of Oz in April

    ELLSWORTH — Never mind Captain Marvel. A real life marvel, right here in Hancock County, is Leslie Michaud. This theatrical superhero has, for many years, entertained us on stage at The Grand and other theaters as an actor and singer. Who can forget her Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast”? Or her many Gilbert

  • EHS among top winners at state drama fest

    EHS among top winners at state drama fest

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School went all out to host Maine’s Class B Maine Drama Festival finale this past weekend with a wide variety of one-act plays performed by some seriously talented young actors from 10 Maine high schools. Lisbon High School students went home with the gold for their stunning “Scenes from the White

  • We’re off to see the wizard at The Grand!

    We’re off to see the wizard at The Grand!

    ELLSWORTH — Emma Campbell, who delivered a lively and polished performance at age 11 as Jane Banks in the 2015 production of “Mary Poppins,” will play Dorothy in The Grand’s “The Wizard of Oz,” opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The show runs through April 20. Directed by Leslie Michaud, “The Wizard of

  • Free midday concert at Moore Center

    ELLSWORTH — Deirdre McArdle, flute and Deiran Manning, piano will play a midday concert at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. This concert is being sponsored by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute with help from the city of Ellsworth. The mother-son duo will perform works by Bach, Bonis

  • Quartet aims to make music integral to community life

    BLUE HILL — The Ying String Quartet, an innovative ensemble that became known for making chamber music an integral part of life in an Iowa farming town back in the 1990s, will perform American-Chinese composers’ works as well as Debussey and Tchaikovsky starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the First Congregational Church