Performing Arts

Bowdoin International Music Festival
Founded in 1964 by Artistic Director Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith, the Bowdoin College International Music Festival presents six weeks each summer of distinguished classical artists from renowned chamber groups, orchestras and conservatories worldwide.  These professional and extraordinary young musicians travel to Brunswick, Maine each summer to participate in the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  

2014 Program: June 28, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Monday Sonatas
The 2014 series presents the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle in six concerts.

Wednesday Upbeat!
Festival artists present a mixture of established and contemporary works in a casual setting.

Festival Fridays
This premier series presents traditional chamber music and orchestral repertoire performed by artists from around the world.

Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music | Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3
A long weekend of recent works performed by Festival artists and participants.

Bowdoin Festival Extra | event dates are posted in June
Special events are held throughout the summer, including lectures, masterclasses and performances by instructors and participants.

Artists of Tomorrow | dates throughout the summer
The Studzinski Recital Hall will host dozens of concerts featuring 

Maine State Music Theatre
The Maine State Music Theatre, now in its 56th season, offers Broadway-caliber musical theatre throughout the summer. The 2014 production season offers a terrific array of productions for all tastes and pleasures.

2014 MAIN STAGE Programming

Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance | June 25 - July 12, 2014
CHAMBERLAIN: A CIVIL WAR ROMANCE celebrates a great Civil War hero from Maine – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain – while examining a universal theme: How a person’s sense of duty and destiny affect his personal life. Discover how Brunswick and Bowdoin College figure prominently in the amazing tale of Joshua Chamberlain.  

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers | July 16 - August 2, 2014
“Goin’ courtin’” has never been so much fun! Bursting with rambunctious energy, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is the rip-roaring story of Millie, a young bride living in 1850’s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the enthusiastic brothers take matters into their own hands. Sing, dance and laugh till it hurts! 

Footloose | August 6 - 23, 2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the Pickard stage with this exhilarating show. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Maine State Music Theatre 2014 THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon | June 11, 2014 | Grades K-5
Theatreworks USA presents an exciting new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Book titles subject to change. The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee follow Hubie’s imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all.

The Little Mermaid | August 18, 2014
Take a musical journey under the sea with "The Little Mermaid" this summer. Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s original take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, follows an adventurous mermaid, Melody, who wants to emerge from the safety of the deep sea and explore what’s beyond the ocean surface: the human world. But King Poseidon forbids his daughter from leaving her underwater home to be with dangerous humans. When Melody slips away from her own birthday party to see for herself, she winds up rescuing a drowning prince and falling in love with him.

Maine State Music Theatre 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS

One Man Star Wars Trilogy | June 16, 2014
The extremely talented Canadian actor Charles Ross will stun you with this one man show. Much of Ross’ childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over – and over – and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes!

Godspell in Concert | July 28, 2014
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, this concert version of GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, Day By Day. As the cast performs Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All For The Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side, the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.

Footlight Follies | August 11, 2014
MSMT presents the FOOTLIGHT FOLLIES, an evening of songs, skits and silliness combining the best of talents provided by community members, our own MSMT acting company, staff and Board of Trustees and surprise guests. It’s non-stop FUN starting at 6:45 when our 7 outside stages of entertainment come alive with an eclectic display of talent! FOOTLIGHT FOLLIES is an evening of "theatre" with virtually no rules, featuring skits, singing, dancing, music, comedy and more. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, laugh-a-minute evening.

Ticket information is available by contacting the Maine State Music Theater Box Office at 207.725.8769.