The title character of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is famously bored with her life, but life has been anything but boring for Jason Bannister of Searsmont and his Mid Coast Actors Studio colleagues, who will present the theatrical classic over two weekends in two locations as their premiere production.

MCAS’ “Hedda Gabler” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., May 25 through 27 in the theater of Troy Howard Middle School, Route 52, Belfast; and Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.

Mid Coast Actors Studio was formed at the beginning of the year but is something Bannister has wanted to do for a long time. A fan of classic plays by the likes of Molière, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, Bannister also is an admirer of the original Actors Studio and the cast of “Hedda Gabler” met regularly through the winter to study the play, written in 1890, in order to identify its characters’ objectives.

Another reason he embraces the classics, Bannister admitted, is because so many of the works are in the public domain.

“We’re a brand-new company, and we are producing ‘Hedda Gabler’ on a shoestring budget,” he said.

That reality informed his original impulse to produce the play in a minimalist fashion, perhaps in a more modern time frame, and with a very simple set. But with Belfast’s John and Elaine Bielenberg on board — they had worked with Bannister on last December’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Camden Opera House — the production could not help but reflect their considerable set and costume design experience and so has a look befitting its pocket of 19th-century Norwegian academia.

Finding venues that fit the MCAS budget has proved challenging. The troupe was founded with the idea of serving the artists and audience members from the Bangor/Bucksport line down to Rockland/Thomaston and through the interior to Augusta/Waterville. The home base was an easy pick; Bannister is the performing arts teacher at Troy Howard, so he knows its cafetorium’s stage well and was able to secure it for the opening weekend. The reading room of Camden Public Library — where Marie Merrifield, who plays Hedda, works — was chosen for similar reasons but has one drawback.

“John’s set design is beautiful, but we can’t take it with us to the performances at the Camden library … And it was not possible to find another location to perform in Camden without paying a huge price. For future productions, we might be able to find a location in the Camden/Rockland area that would allow us to move our set from the Belfast performances,” he said, adding that the library’s ambiance will provide ample setting.

Another of Bannister’s initial impulses was to produce a work that would allow him and his wife, Danielle Bannister, to act together, something the 30-something pair have not done since college (both have acted with the Belfast Maskers). Danielle was to play Hedda, which Jason considers one of the greatest written roles for a woman in the history of theater, while he would play Eilert Lovborg, Hedda’s one-time suitor and an intellectual rival of her new husband George Tesman, played by Erik Perkins.

But Danielle had some medical issues that forced her to bow out of the production. At first, she left the demanding role of Hedda and was recast as Thea Elvsted, one of the play’s other female principals and also a strong role. But eventually, she had to leave the production altogether. Jason Bannister is quick to point out his wife is just fine.

“She has since fully recovered and is feeling great and is excited to be in the next show. In addition, to make her feel better, she made it into the top 250 best novel writers in an contest,” he said, proud of his wife’s self-publishing success with her debut novel, “Pulled.”

But with Danielle out completely, MCAS had to find someone else to play the part of Elvsted. Bannister’s work at the middle school, which includes producing an early spring musical, bridged the gap here.

“I asked the parent of one of my students who was performing in ‘The Music Man’ if she wanted to be in a play. This is her first play and she’s very excited and nervous,” he said of Katie Glessner.

The cast is rounded out by Christine West as Tesman’s aunt Julie; Jay Rosenberg as Judge Brack, another of Hedda’s would-be suitors; and Amy Pillitteri as Berte, a family servant. A week before opening, the crew was still in need of rounding out, specifically in the light and sound department. But with all the changes that have happened so far, it’s safe to bet this company will pull that end together. For more information about the troupe, visit its Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or