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  • Kristin Chenoweth at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine on September 29, 2016.

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

October 1, 2016 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The songbird seamlessly incorporates pop, country, gospel, classical and, of course, musical theater numbers into her stage performance.

  • Red Baraat at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on October 6, 2016.

Co–presented with the State Theatre in collaboration with SPACE Gallery Red Baraat With Special Guests Raging Brass Reggae

October 6, 2016 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

A merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz—fueled by the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone.

Family Workshop at the Portland Public Library

October 8, 2016 • 10:30 am

Portland Public Library

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle" : Offstage Activities Maine College of Art’s Teacher Candidate, Ouda Baxter, is hosting an artistic workshop October 8, 10:30-11:30 AM, at the Portland Public Library for children (ages 3-9) based on the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin…

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories • Merrill Auditorium • October 15, 2016

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories”

October 14, 2016 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed composite of storybook favorites delights both parents and children, bringing together old and new friends from Eric Carle classics.

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories • Merrill Auditorium • October 15, 2016

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories”

October 15, 2016 • 11:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This hour-long production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that has won Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.

“Variations and Interpretations of Styles of Dance”

October 20, 2016 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

BalletX : Offstage Activities Linda Miele, Artistic Director of the Maine State Ballet and one of Maine’s leading choreographers, explores the differences between modern dance, classical and neoclassical ballet. A former company member of the New York City Ballet where she worked closely with George Balanchine (and is now a repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust),…

  • BalletX • October 20, 2016 • Merrill Auditorium

BalletX

October 20, 2016 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Philadelphia’s explosive BalletX brings grace, athleticism and emotion to the stage with a 21st century flair that is riveting.

Cirque Mechanics: “Pedal Punk”

October 27, 2016 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The dazzling troupe of mischievous acrobats is recognized for its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging.

Circus Sampler Workshop

October 27, 2016 • 12:00 pm

Circus Maine

Cirque Mechanics: "Pedal Punk" : Offstage Activities THIS WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY Come try a Circus Sampler workshop! Circus Maine and Ovations Offstage offer students  a chance to try out a variety of circus disciplines, including trapeze, fabric, trampoline, juggling, and more! This workshop WILL fill up, make sure you sign up today! Ways to…

“Aerials to Acrobatics and Beyond”

October 27, 2016 • 6:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Cirque Mechanics: "Pedal Punk" : Offstage Activities Join the troupe from Circus Maine for a thrilling informance that dives into the dynamic possibilities of the circus arts on stage. The Pre-Performance Lecture will take place in the Rehearsal Hall at the Merrill Auditorium. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

Cirque Mechanics: “Pedal Punk”

October 27, 2016 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The dazzling troupe of mischievous acrobats is recognized for its unique approach to performance.

Broadway National Tour “RENT” 20th Anniversary Tour

November 5, 2016

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Two decades later, Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences all over the world.

Living Voices: “The New American”

November 8, 2016

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Study Guide: Living Voices: "The New American" Hard times in Europe in the early 1900s forced many people to pull up their roots and set out for a new life in America. Living Voices shares the story of one of these immigrants, an Irish girl named Bridget... Living Voices takes a significant historical event and…

The Conductorless Orchestra: The Über Self-Driving Car”

November 14, 2016 • 4:00 pm

Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

A Far Cry featuring David Krakauer: Offstage Activities Members of the acclaimed A Far Cry string orchestra will work with members of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra to uncover some of the secrets, challenges and rewards of this ultimate egalitarian coop, the conductor-less orchestra.   For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or…

Discipline Abandon: Musician Meets Mystic

November 15, 2016 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A Far Cry featuring David Krakauer : Offstage Activities When skilled musicians bring flawless technique to their instrument, there is no impediment to communicating an emotional power that is as mysterious and otherworldly as it is transformative. Similarly, mystics in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions incorporate music into their disciplined spiritual practices, whose mastery…

A Far Cry featuring David Krakauer "Dreams & Prayers"

November 15, 2016 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A Far Cry the Grammy-nominated, self-conducted chamber orchestra of 17 musicians is joined by the preeminent clarinetist David Krakauer for “Dreams & Prayers.”

Storytelling with Mike Daisey

November 17, 2016 • 5:30 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Mike Daisey: "Khan and the Whale: The Wrath of Moby Dick" : Offstage Activities Master storyteller Mike Daisey discusses issues of craft and form—what makes a good story, how do we tell them, and what do the stories we tell do to the ones who tell them? This is a masterclass open to performers, writers,…

Mike Daisey: “Khan and the Whale: The Wrath of Moby Dick”

November 18, 2016 • 8:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles, Mike Daisey is the preeminent monologist in American theater today.

“The Secret Life of Bees”

December 8, 2016

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Study Guide: "The Secret Life of Bees" In this award-winning adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s New York Times bestseller, a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the real meaning of family. Lily’s story—including her journey of self-discovery during the turbulent Civil Rights Era—is masterfully told…

Dreidel Crafts, Stories and Dance! A Family Hanukkah Celebration Co-Presented with the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine

December 11, 2016 • 3:00 pm

Woodfords Club

The LeeVees featuring Adam Gardner of Guster : Offstage Activity Happy Hanukkah! Join us along with our partners from the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and PJ Library to celebrate Hanukkah at the Woodfords Club with music and dance, crafts, stories, snacks and raffles (Raffle for complimentary tickets to see The LeeVees, no purchase…

The LeeVees featuring Adam Gardner of GUSTER

December 18, 2016 • 3:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Adam Gardner (Guster) and Dave Schneider (The Zambonis) have joined forces and started a band called The LeeVees, and they play sweet and rockin’ indie-pop songs solely about Hanukkah.

Film Screening: “The Jones Family Will Make A Way” Presented in collaboration with NAACP Portland

January 10, 2017 • 7:00 pm

SPACE Gallery

The Jones Family Singers : Offstage Activities For 30 years, Bishop Fred Jones and his family have performed on the southern gospel circuit, largely unseen by those outside the Pentecostal faith. When the Bishop, despite objections from many within his faith, decided to take his family’s musical ministry outside the church, he unexpectedly connected with…

“The Music Matters: Still Working the Spirit”

January 20, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Jones Family Singers : Offstage Activities Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Colby College discusses the importance of the African American sacred music tradition for spiritual survival and social change. There will be a brief…

The Jones Family Singers Presented in collaboration with NAACP Portland

January 20, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Their high-energy performances take gospel to a whole new level, infusing it with vintage soul, funk and R&B that will have audiences shaking their hips, clapping their hands and stomping their feet...

“The Macro and Micro of the Piano Trio”

January 22, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

JCT Trio : Offstage Activities Yasmin Vitalius, a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the violin faculty at the New England Suzuki Institute and Bowdoin College discusses the piano trio. The Macro and Micro of the Piano Trio: by examining Mozart’s first and last piano trios, discover how the form changed…

JCT Trio

January 22, 2017 • 4:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Three renowned visionary artists of the next generation combine talents in this eclectic new piano trio, JCT (pronounced ‘junction’).

Vocalosity

January 26, 2017 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The all-new live concert from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) takes a cappella to a whole new level.

Yuval Ron Ensemble Workshops

February 4, 2017 • 11:00 am

Chaplaincy Institute of Maine

Yuval Ron Ensemble : Offstage Activities This daylong event includes two workshops, “The World Through Music” at 11:00 AM and “From Coltrane to Nusrat” at 1:30 PM, with a lunch break in between. Participants in “The World Through Music” share sounds, music instruments and stories from various cultures around the world, involving the children in…

“Creating Hope”

February 4, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Yuval Ron Ensemble : Offstage Activities Rev. Lori Whittemore, founder and director of Abbey of HOPE, discusses how the Yuval Ron Ensemble succeeds in music as interfaith dialogue, sharing the grace in spaces within and between our faiths and spiritualities. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

Yuval Ron Ensemble: “Seeker of Truth”

February 4, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Featuring oud, woodwinds, percussion and vocals—the ensemble draws on many Middle Eastern traditions, uncovering hidden gems and creating a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration.

Yuval Ron Ensemble Masterclass featuring Rosa Noreen

February 5, 2017 • 1:00 pm

Avant Dance & Event Center

Yuval Ron Ensemble : Offstage Activities Discussion of the dance styles of the Middle East and the collaborative process between musicians and dancers with Yuval Ron Ensemble and Rosa Noreen. Participants will learn basic movement styles including, folk dance, sacred dance, belly dance and more. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or…

Broadway National Tour “Once”

February 8, 2017 - February 9, 2017

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this is truly an original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage...

“Virtuosity, Ensemble, and the Baroque Concerto”

February 11, 2017 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Handel & Haydn Society : Offstage Activities Mary Hunter, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, discusses how we often think of concertos as dazzling displays of technical skill. Baroque concertos have this, but they are also about the changing colors and weights of an ensemble. This lecture suggests some things to listen…

Handel & Haydn Society: “Glories of the Italian Baroque”

February 11, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Electrifying concertmaster/violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads an ensemble of 15 Handel & Haydn Society musicians in a program featuring works by Locatelli, Brescianello, Vivaldi and Durante.

Dinner, Alan Cumming Performance, and Hotel Stay: Date Night Package!

February 18, 2017

Special date night package available for "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs" starting at $329++ includes dinner for two at Congress Squared (prix fixe menu), two tickets to the performance on Saturday, February 18, and one night stay at the Westin Portland Harborview. Limited packages available, please make your reservation ASAP! Offer ends on Thursday, February…

Broadway and Beyond

February 18, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs : Offstage Activities   Ed Reichert of USM Ed Reichert, musical theater faculty member of the University of Southern Maine, demonstrates how the American musical theater has developed and changed through the last 75 years with live performances from musical theater majors who are currently attending…

“Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs”

February 18, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This tour de force performance is an eclectic, wildly-entertaining mix of intimate stories—from the sentimental to the sassy—and witty reinterpretations of pop songs and stage classics.

David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty”

March 2, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Study Guide: David Gonzalez's "Sleeping Beauty" In this decidedly modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, master storyteller David Gonzalez uses rhymes inspired by Dr. Seuss, music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and captivating projected images to create a world in which the sleeping princess is a vibrant participant in her own story.…

Mills and Arts: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

March 3, 2017 • 6:00 pm

Maine Historical Society

Jenny Scheinman : Offstage Activities Panel discussion including Q&A with Amy Stacey Curtis, visual artist, Monica Wood, author and playwright of “Papermaker”, Laura Faure, director of the Bates Dance Festival, Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director of Portland Stage, Rachel Desgrosselliers, Executive Director of Museum LA, and Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society.…

20 Feet from Stardom

March 9, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Frontier Cafe + Cinema + Gallery

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton : Offstage Activities Presented in collaboration with Frontier. 20 Feet from Stardom, the 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary introduces audiences to the “unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time” including Lisa Fischer presented by Portland Ovations at the State Theater on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.  …

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