Midcoast Actors' Studio has received a $4,000 grant from the Maine Arts Expansion Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to help with its 2018 season. In particular, this grant will help bring a summer musical theater camp to local children in the greater Belfast region, as well as live programming to Bayside.

"MAS is so grateful to have received this grant," said Jason Bannister, founding artistic director. "Our summer youth musical theater camps have become quite popular in the area, and this grant will help ensure we can continue to offer this to our community."

Midcoast Actors' Studio was founded in 2012 with a mission to foster an environment for artists to imagine and grow freely, create quality intimate theater and inspire its community. MAS was voted “Best of the Best” theater in Waldo County for 2017 and recently performed two productions, “Frankenstein” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” at the reopened Crosby Center in downtown Belfast.

MAS will present its full 2018 season at the Crosby, including “Peter and the Starcatcher,” May 11 to 20; “Cabaret,” Aug. 3 to 12; “The Crucible,” Oct. 26 to Nov. 4; and “The Snow Queen,” Dec. 13 to 16. This last production also will be available for school tours and workshops in December. The MAS Summer Youth Musical Theater Junior Camp (age 7 to 13) will run June 25 to 29 with “Seussical: KIDS,” while the senior camp runs July 2 to 14 with “Sweeney Todd: SCHOOL EDITION.”

For more information about Midcoast Actors' Studio, visit midcoastactors.org or the troupe’s Facebook page. For more information about Maine Community Foundation, which has offices in Ellsworth and Portland and works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people, visit mainecf.org.

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