Cold Comfort/Maskers open first show

Mar 31, 2013
Photo by: Dana Wilson Chip Curry, center, president of Belfast Maskers; and Dorothy Wilson, right, president of Cold Comfort Theater celebrate the new partnership of Cold Comfort Theater/Belfast Maskers with artistic director Aynne Ames, left.

Belfast Maskers’ new partnership with Cold Comfort Theater will offer a stage reading of Tom Griffins’ "The Boys Next Door" Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at Emerson Hall in Castine; and Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at Belfast’s First Baptist Church, 95 High St. All performances start at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.

When the Maskers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, lost their city-owned performing space on Belfast's waterfront in 2011, the 25-year-old troupe was uncertain about the future but knew it did not want to become a traveling theater company. Cold Comfort Theater began as a summer stock company in Castine in 1971, performing full summer seasons and working out of Maine Maritime Academy and various municipal sites. Now partnered, both companies will contribute their experience and assets as Maskers provides equipment and storage space and Cold Comfort becomes the producing force for a full season of plays, musicals, readings and patriotic shows.

Performances will be in Belfast, Castine, Searsport and other communities that extend invitations. Other sites such as the Stonington Opera House, the Brick Church in Bangor and The Grand in Ellsworth have expressed interest in having Cold Comfort Theater/Belfast Maskers bring the theater to them, as have several school districts for their students.

A full season of shows in 2013 will open with “The Boys Next Door” and continue with John Cariani's “Almost, Maine”; summer productions of “The Fantasticks” and “42nd Street”; and Barbara Robinson's holiday family favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

In addition, Cold Comfort/Maskers will offer the annual Fourth of July tribute to America's birthday and military veterans via its production of the USO Show/Songs of America. In addition, the troupes also will run the popular Children's Theater Camp.

For more information about Cold Comfort Theater/Belfast Maskers, shows and auditions, visit coldcomforttheater.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Belfast Maskers’ new partnership with Cold Comfort Theater offers a staged reading of Tom Griffins’ "The Boys Next Door." From left are Chris Goosman, Robert Porter, Julian Cross, Dorothy Wilson, Joe-Pete Saucier, Will Hosmen, Randy Nichols and Alan Shumway. (Photos by: Steven Wilson)
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