Midcoast Actors' Studio gets grants

Dec 17, 2013
The Belfast-based Midcoast Actors' Studio closed its second season with John Bielenberg’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”; pictured is Brian Ross as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Belfast — Midcoast Actors' Studio has received two grants for its 2014 season. MAS received $2000 from the Basil Burwell Foundation and $4000 from the Maine Theater Fund, which is part of the Maine Community Foundation. These funds will be used to support MAS' 2014 season, an ambitious line-up of seven productions including “All in the Timing” in February, “The King and I” in March, “August: Osage County: in June, “Nunsense” in August, “Plaza Suite” in September, a showcase of Maine playwrights in October and “A Christmas Carol” in December.

"We are very honored to be receiving these grants," said Jason Bannister, Founder and Artistic Director of MAS. "With these funds I hope to fulfill my goal of providing a full season of quality theater to Belfast and the Midcoast of Maine."

The funds will be used to obtain royalties, make improvements to the Troy Howard Stage and begin the process of becoming 501(c)3 nonprofit. Midcoast Actors' Studio was founded in 2011 and has mounted five productions.

For more information about Midcoast Actors' Studio and how to buy season tickets, become a sponsor or participate onstage or off, email midcoastactors@gmail.com or visit midcoastactors.org or the troupe’s Facebook page.

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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