Theater

“Ugly Duckling”

“”Ugly Duckling” is a wonderful piece of children’s theatre, slickly executed and lovingly performed. It will keep little ones enthralled from its energetic opening to its cheeky cliff-hanger conclusion.” ARTS YORK Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently … Read more

“The Last Girl” A Play by Dianne ‘dee’ Clarke

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Ovations is honored to share the first full-length staged reading of dee Clarke’s memory play, The Last Girl, based in part on Clarke’s 2014 testimony on sexual trafficking to the Maine Human Rights Commission. The Last Girl tells, in three acts, Clarke’s personal story of surviving trafficking as … Read more

Wabanaki Stories

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki people for over 12,000 years. This vibrant exploration of Wabanaki histories and cultures spotlights three Wabanaki storytellers coming from three different nations and storytelling traditions. Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company … Read more

“somewhere/elsewhere”

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Two immigrants, one first generation and one second, find themselves in the U.S. and, over the course of lives fully lived, make it their home. Theirs is a story of finding love, belonging and self-identity in the midst of turbulence, joy and revelation; of separation and loss and … Read more

Cirque Alfonse: “Animal, A Farm Story”

“The show’s unpretentious warmth and good humour are immensely refreshing.” STAGE DOOR  Cirque Alfonse returns to Merrill Auditorium with Animal, a series of surreal and slightly irreverent fables for the young and the young at heart. Journey through a reinvented land where a gentleman-farmer surrounds himself with familiar, yet crazy creatures: the chickens have teeth, … Read more

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“‘A reason for celebration! Entirely fresh, funny & gorgeous.” NEW YORK MAGAZINE Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony®-winning … Read more

“Chicago”

“‘CHICAGO is a triumph! It doesn’t just give us the old razzle-dazzle; it glows.” TIME MAGAZINE After 25 years, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever … Read more

Golden Dragon Acrobats

“There is a precision and beauty about everything these performers do.” THE WASHINGTON POST Award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques combine to create an unforgettable experience of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty for the entire family. With a reputation solidly rooted in a commitment to the cultural tradition, … Read more

Blue Man Group

“”There’s nothing that quite compares to the magic of the Blue Man Group. They’re performance. They’re art. They’re the ultimate performance art that will rival anything you’ve ever seen before.” JESSICA BOWEN, BROADWAY WORLD More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP and now … Read more

“Requiem for an Electric Chair”

“”Requiem for an Electric Chair” is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing [Toto Kisaku’s] own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.” THE ARTS PAPER Read program notes by Ovations Executive & Artistic Director Aimée M. Petrin. Congolese and immigrant playwright Toto Kisaku was moments away from … Read more