New Surry Theatre's artistic director Lori Sitzabee is teaching singing online from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. LORI SITZABEE PHOTO

New Surry Theatre teaching oral art form


BLUE HILL — New Surry Theatre has launched an online series of classes on the art of oral storytelling and how to use sound and images to transport listeners to another place and time.

For six weeks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Amy Grant of Peninsula Metamorphic Arts & Learning will introduce participants to the art and skills of oral storytelling, focusing on the personal narrative — their own stories. The stories can be big or small; both have value to the listener and can be equally enchanting when told by a master teller. The cost is $120 per person or what folks can afford.

In addition, New Surry Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Sitzabee will teach a singing class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, over a six-week period. The suggested cost is $120, but is flexible.

“We will explore a variety of musical theater numbers while learning techniques to improve projections, breathing, posture and performance,” Sitzabee said. “No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun.”

Sitzabee also gives private lessons online in voice, guitar, winds and beginner piano. The cost is $30 for a 45-minute session.

At New Surry Theatre, actor Randall Simons has begun rehearsals for a reading of “Somewhere Voices” by Penobscot writer Bundy Boit. The play will be rehearsed and the performance live-streamed. Other readings are in the works.

Sitzabee also encouraged artists to send videos of monologues, poems, songs and other performances that can be posted through the Blue Hill-based troupe’s on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

New Surry Theatre is planning to reschedule at some point tis two postponed plays, which were in rehearsal (“God of Carnage” and “The Laramie Project”).

“We are eager to keep theater and the arts alive by helping our creative artists have a place to perform while giving our audiences a chance to continue to be engaged with New Surry Theatre,” Sitzabee said.

To sign up for the classes, visit Registered participants will receive a log-in code before the classes commence. Space is limited. If there is enough interest, additional classes can be added. For more info, call 200-4720 or email [email protected]



Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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