Maskers ready premiere of family play

Nov 14, 2012

Belfast — Belfast Maskers will cap its 25th season with “Three Wise Men of Spider Creek,” an original play with music written by Maine playwrights Maskers artistic director Aynne Ames and Bundy Boit. The hour-long production focuses on the themes of family, charity, self sufficiency, nature and faith.

The playwrights describe “Three Wise Men of Spider Creek” as a feel-good family play in the genre of “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons,” designed to be good holiday entertainment for the whole family. The play should engage children as young as 5 and touch the hearts and stir the memories of adults of all ages.

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Union Hall, the second-floor auditorium of Searsport Town Hall on Union Street; and Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Belfast’s First Baptist Church on High Street.

The cast and crew include Erik Perkins, Katie Glessner, Grace Underhill, Maggie Goscinski, Dorothy Wilson, Dana Wilson, Joe-Pete Saucier, Jakob Sutton, Jason Sutton, Bob Daisey, Patricia Powers, Latricia Saucier and Ivy Lobato. Sets are by Joe-Pete Saucier; props by Dorothy Wilson; costumes by Cate Davis and Aynne Ames; makeup and hair by Karen Brezsnyak and cast; programs and photographs by Erik Perkins; and publicity by Erik Perkins and Pica Design. Ames is stage director and Boit directs the music.

There is plenty of seating at Union Hall, but seating at the church, which will host the run’s only matinee, is limited; early ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Out of the Woods on lower Main Street, Belfast and by calling 338-9668 (with VISA or MasterCard). Tickets at the door will go on sale one hour before curtain. Tickets are $10, $5 for children younger than 13.

“One doesn’t see theater bargains like this often, but it is the Belfast Maskers’ gift to the communities who have served us so long and well,” said Ames.

This play and all productions of the Belfast Maskers 25th Anniversary Season are produced with the generous support of Friends of the Belfast Maskers and The Maine Community Foundation Theatre Fund, Mathews Brothers, Answer Live for ME (AnswerME), Pica Design + Marketing, Bangor Daily News, Camden National Bank, Darby’s Restaurant & Pub, Rollie’s Bar & Grill and Bangor Savings Bank.

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

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