Great theater and things to do in Portland Maine

Are you planning a visit to Portland for one of the many fantastic live performances that happen here?


Whether you’re coming for a day trip or a more extended visit, Portland has so much to offer. Perhaps you want to check out one of the numerous delicious restaurants, or take in some of the beautiful scenery.

No matter what your interests, there are things to do in Portland Maine that will make your day. Check out some of our recommendations for places to visit, grab a bite to eat, or see some of what this great little city has to offer in addition to our live theater, music, and dance.

Read on for ideas, or see what’s playing for your visit!

5 Ways Our Cinderella Enthusiasts Can Get Their Glass Slipper On!

What comes to mind when you hear the word Cinderella? Do you break out in “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo?” Or are you more of a Rodgers + Hammerstein fan? Is Helena Bonham Carter or Whitney Houston your favorite portrayal of the Fairy Godmother? Perhaps the more gruesome Brothers Grim version of the story [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|

Offstage in the News and Beyond

January 9, 2018 Ovations Offstage (O2) has many measures of success to determine if our programming has reach and impact. One of these indicators is when an O2 staff member is invited to present at local, regional or national conferences. Invitations of this nature indicate that there is an audience [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|

Introducing Fun Facts with Yasmin!

Have you ever wanted to know a little more about that classical music piece you were mysteriously drawn to? After attending our pre-performance lectures, do you find yourself feeling impressed with your new knowledge and savoir-faire? Then we have good news for you! Introducing Yasmin Vitalius, your new instant expert [...]

By | December 15th, 2017|

Welcome our 2018 Offstage Ambassadors!

Left to Right: Julie Eglinton, Felix Morrissey, Amelia McNeil-Maddox, Sophie Urey, Ariel Leasure, Cat Bernier Ovations Offstage is thrilled to introduce our inaugural class of Offstage Ambassadors. These six students were selected from high school applicants throughout the greater Portland area for this dynamic semester-long opportunity to learn first-hand the [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|

Guest Blogger: Mary Randall, Cellist

Mary Randall had been playing cello for eleven years when she was selected for a masterclass taught by Yo-Yo Ma when he performed at Merrill Auditorium ten years ago. Mary is now a library technician in the Lewiston Public Library's children's department. Upon Yo-Yo Ma’s return to Merrill Auditorium, Mary [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|

Professional Development for Early Elementary Educators

The Ovations Offstage Department is so grateful for all of the participants who came to our first professional development offering for the season on “Creating a Storytelling and Movement-based PreK-2nd grade Classroom to Support Early Literacy” downtown on Saturday, September 16. Participants from schools all over Southern Maine representing home [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|