'Earth Maiden,' remade in amphitheater
Camden — Terra Diddle Collective, which has brought all-ages performances of original works like “Awakening Mother Earth” and “Brave Little Parrot” to the Midcoast community since 2009, will stage a re-invented production of its 2011 work “The Earth Maiden” Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29 at 6 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue.
Artistic director Kathryn Oliver said the piece has been evolving for more than a year, growing and changing with each performance and performer. New scenes were developed in workshop this spring and new characters, puppets and costumes created. A circus scene adds to the visual and imaginative staging, with fire juggling and clowning; and a special finale includes the entrance of the goddess puppet on a boat in the harbor.
Terra Diddle Collective’s process involves local children, led by professional actor, choreographer and musician Kristi Williamson, in an after-school workshop setting in the development of its original plays. Children learn dance, songs and dialogue as well as help create scenery and costuming. After several weeks of training, the children join the professional actors, dancers and musicians of the adult cast.
Appropriate for all ages, this inter-generational production tells the story of a mythical place where a young maiden cares for the land and its people. When her people forget how to honor and care for the land, it grows fallow and they grow hungry. The story is brought to life through dance, music, bigger-than-life-size puppetry and the performances of more than 40 cast members. Fantastical costumes by Robin Horty transform the players into fairies, clowns, lions, birds and oceans.
Audience members should bring a blanket or lawn chair and maybe a picnic. The performances are sponsored by Camden Real Estate and Waldo Arts Mission. Tickets, available on site an hour before each show, are $10 for adults, $8 for children younger than 12. Rain date/shows are Saturday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 1 at 1 p.m.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.