(Review by David Treadwell for the New Maine Times)
“There’s lots of energy in the house,” notes Griff Braley, Director of Heartwood Regional Theater, during his opening-night introduction of Godspell, now playing at the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy.
The joy and playfulness of a simpler era explode with passion and theatricality in Heartwood and Lincoln Academy’s eighth collaborative youth production, Godspell. Experience the thrill of a profound and energetic ensemble, supported by a capable and familiar directing combo: Director Griff Braley, Tech Director Letitia Munson, Vocal Director Beth Preston, and Music Director Sean Fleming.
Temperatures may be plummeting outdoors, but things are just heating up in the Poe Theater, as Heartwood and Lincoln Academy’s collaborative youth production of the Broadway musical, Godspell, races toward opening night, Oct 19th. The well known and loved tunes and parables based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew have once again found their voice in a young and enthusiastic cast, under the direction of Griff Braley and Beth Preston.
Collaborating with Lincoln Academy on extraordinary youth productions has been a Heartwood tradition for many years. “Combining personnel and financial resources from both entities provides the maximum opportunity for Midcoast students,” says Heartwood Board President, Pam Gormley. This year’s joint efforts will be showcased in the popular Broadway musical, Godspell. Brimming with toe-tappingly infectious tunes based on parables from the Gospel According to St.
Heartwood Regional Theater Company, now entering its 10th anniversary season, is deep into rehearsals for its annual youth production, in collaboration with Lincoln Academy. The popular Broadway musical, Godspell, will open on October 19th under the direction of Griff Braley, with a very enthusiastic cast of student actors and musicians.
It’s live. It’s intense. And it’s brimming with artistry. Heartwood Regional Theater Company opens “The House of Bernarda Alba,” written by Federico Garcia Lorca and adapted by Emily Mann, on July 20th in the newly air conditioned Parker Poe Theater, at Lincoln Academy, Newcastle. Juanito Pascual, acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene, improvises original musical throughout, electrifying an already charged performance by an engaging female ensemble of ten.
(Pre-opening review by David Treadwell for the New Maine Times)
The setting is a living room in a British vicarage. The décor is tasteful, refined, proper. A cozy brown couch, a comfortable red leather chair, an easy-to-access bar over to the left. A chandelier. Billowy curtains. Three doors: the glassed one in the center opens out into a garden; the two on the right are just simple doors. Music evoking the World War II era plays in the background.