In December, Belfast Maskers was awarded a grant of $4,000 from the Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Maskers President Chip Curry commented that although grant money is always a most welcome event, “this grant comes at an especially crucial time, as Maskers leaves its long-term home on the waterfront.” Maskers Artistic Director Aynne Ames is already planning a full season for 2012, to be performed in a variety of venues. Belfast’s First Church has offered to provide space for the popular Children’s Summer Theater Camp.

The grant money will be used to strengthen the 24-year-old community theater as it moves into a new phase. Immediate plans include scheduling a greater variety of offerings to reach a wider audience and working directly with other local nonprofit organizations. What will remain the same is the opportunity for audiences to enjoy quality theater and for the many residents of all ages to participate in the production of a play or musical.

Belfast Maskers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission for the last 25 years has been to provide quality theater for, and with, the community. More information can be found at BelfastMaskers.com or on the troupe’s Facebook page.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.