Two Evenings of Mime & Tall Tales Storytelling at Heartwood

It’s story-time at Heartwood this month, with two evenings of classical and physical storytelling suitable for family audiences.

On Friday, Dec. 7th, “American Tales,” an original production currently touring Midcoast schools as part of Heartwood’s school outreach program, will be available for the public to enjoy. Designed for students, this is 50 minutes of classic story telling, with three tall tales from varying parts of America. The show begins with Elise Voigt’s telling of the Pawnee Native American Legend, “Mud Pony.” Elise, Millie Santiago and Beverly Mann continue with the Bayou tale of “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” and “Dust Devil,” by children’s book author, Anne Isaacs. Don’t miss this single performance in the Parker Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7pm. Tickets are $5/students; $10/adults. No reservations – tickets available at the door, opening at 6:30pm.

On Monday, Dec. 10th, Heartwood presents 3 premier pieces of physical storytelling, being filmed live, with Karen Montanaro (, a renowned dancer/mime artist/choreographer, and Jackie Reifer (, monologist and mime.

With funding from the Maine Arts Commission and NEFA, Montanaro spent the last four years creating an original piece, “The Journey,” scored by Boston-based composer Sharon Crumrine. Montanaro’s producer, Robert Post, will be filming “The Journey” in the Poe Theater, Montanaro’s location of choice, having performed and taught here with Heartwood for several years. She will also premier a brand new eccentric dance, “a most unusual and difficult piece, in the style of Chaplin, Dean Martin etc.”

Jackie Reifer, of Reifer and Saccon toured with the Tony Montanaro’s Celebration Theater Ensemble for five years. Through the winning combination of physical storytelling and monologue, Jackie will premier a delightful piece about a woman who moves from the sophistication of Manhattan to down-home, Maine – and all that this move entails.

This special evening of storytelling will take place in the Parker Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, on Monday, Dec. 10th at 7:30pm. No children under 6 years please, due to the nature of live filming. Tickets are $5/students; $10/adults. No reservations – tickets available at the door, opening at 7:00pm.

Heartwood’s season is proudly sponsored by Bath Savings Institution. The Heartwood Goes to School outreach program is sponsored by The First and Damariscotta Hardware, and “American Tales” is sponsored by Young’uns of Damariscotta. Visit for more info.

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