By LISA KRISTOFF, Boothbay Register Arts & Entertainment Editor
Heartwood Theater's musical, "The Legend of Jim Cullen," opened to a full house on July 19 under a waxing, almost full moon.
The play, written by Griff Braley is a complex and compelling work based on the true story of Jim Cullen, lynched in Mapleton, Maine on April 30, 1873. The lynching is believed to be the only one to have occurred in New England.
Opening July 19th is the capstone of Heartwood’s 10th Anniversary Season. “The Legend of Jim Cullen,” simply put, is rich. Teeming with music, story-telling, technical treats and even ballet, performed by a talented cast and musicians from around the country, audiences will discover a vivid example of the original, innovative and collaborative work for which this company is becoming known.
Opening July 19th as a Heartwood premiere, “The Legend of Jim Cullen” embodies the mission, spirit and quality for which Heartwood has striven, during its first ten years. In this ensemble production, performers and audiences alike will share in an artistic experience which challenges the human spirit.
Every young’un growing up in Aroostook County learns the story of Jim Cullen. The events of 1873 happened in their neck of the woods. It’s part of their history. It’s legend. And it’s coming “downstate” to the Midcoast on July 19th, when Heartwood Theater premieres “The Legend of Jim Cullen.”
Opening July 19, Heartwood Theater will premiere “The Legend of Jim Cullen,” a story based on real events from Northern Maine, in 1873. The legend positively hums with original music, performed by several talented musicians, including a young fiddle player from California.
“The Legend of Jim Cullen” premieres next month, as the capstone of Heartwood’s 10th Anniversary Season – a crowning production of original, innovative and collaborative work which Heartwood audiences have come to expect and appreciate.
Heartwood Regional Theater Company and Lincoln Academy announce auditions for their annual youth musical collaborative. Fiddler on the Roof, a 1964 Broadway classic, was the first musical theater production to run more than 3,000 performances, and has been revived many times on Broadway. This winner of nine Tony awards, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, was created by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein.
School is almost out, and summer camps are just around the corner with Heartwood Theater’s 11th annual Youth Theater Summer Camp. Sessions run throughout June 24th through July 10th, for campers entering 1st grade thru 12th grade.
More than 150 items are up for bid in Heartwood Theater’s silent auction, on display at Skidompha Library through May 18th. From yard work to bed & breakfast packages; restaurant gift certificates to golf lessons, paintings to pet supplies … there is something for everyone here, at auction prices.
It’s Shakespeare. It’s contemporary. It’s accessible. And this is the final weekend to experience it. Heartwood Theater’s “Macbeth” is not what you’re thinking. For a glimpse of the set, the costumes, the cast - visit www.heartwoodtheater.org and watch the video trailer.