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.

2017 Program: June 24, 2017 – August 5, 2017

2017 is quickly shaping up to be another amazing season at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Faculty, staff and the festival board are working to finalized scheduling for the 2017 festival. Dates and more information to come. For more information please visit the Bowdoin International Music Festival website.


Maine State Music Theatre

The Maine State Music Theatre, now in its 59th season, offers Broadway-caliber musical theatre throughout the summer. The 2016 production season offers a terrific array of productions for all tastes and pleasures.

2017 MAIN STAGE Programming

Always Patsy Cline  | June 7 – 24, 2017
One day a voice from the television screen spoke to her. Louise Seger was hooked. Making a special trip to a honky-tonk bar in Houston, Texas, Louise met her idol, Patsy Cline. Over a pot of strong coffee, a friendship began that would last until Patsy’s untimely death in 1963. This fun-loving, crowd-pleasing musical features 27 classic songs, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Back In Baby’s Arms” and more.

Guys And Dolls | June 28 – July 15, 2017
Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Grease | August 9 –  26, 2016
Dust off your leather jackets, twirl your poodle skirts! It’s Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies”. So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!’

Disney’s: Newsies | August 9 –  26, 2016
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Disney’s Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. This all singing, all dancing, high-energy show features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and Jack Feldman including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”


Maine State Music Theatre 2017: THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Sleeping Beauty  | June 14 – 17, 2017
A recipe for a very colorful musical: start with the Andrews Sisters-inspired trio Ruby, Marigold, and Periwinkle; mix in the evil Queen Magenta; add Sienna the talking owl; then blend the muddled monarch King Lapis with an allergy-prone Prince Hunter and a particularly peculiar Princess Amber. Top it all off with a fire breathing dragon and you have a musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale teeming with shattered stereotypes, broken rules and quests aplenty.

Robin Et Clarke’s: Alice in Wonderland | August 21, 2017
Welcome to Wonderland where everything is curiouser and curiouser!  Live on stage, this fun-loving musical by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark brings Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic to life as Alice journeys into a world of talking animals, the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the watch-carrying White Rabbit, and a trial headed by The Queen of Hearts during which Alice suddenly finds herself the accused!  This is a modern view to an old classic, where nonsense makes quite good sense.


Maine State Music Theatre 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

The Hank Band | July 10, 2017
Jump into your boots, dust off your Stetson, and take a walk down that Lost Highway with The Hank Band. Playing songs that capture the timeless music of a bygone era, The Hank Band is comprised of passionate musicians inspired by the music and the poetry of Hank Williams, Sr. Coming straight from the heart and soul, the Hank Band performs stories of love, joy, and loss as only Hank Williams could tell them.

Tommy | July 31, 2017
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, “deaf, dumb and blind” kid who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. After witnessing a murder, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia. But when he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball his mother finally breaks through to him and he becomes an international pinball superstar.The Who’s Tommy features an exhilarating score including “Acid Queen,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Cousin Kevin,” “Wicked Uncle Ernie,” or “I’m A Sensation” in this rock classic!

The Taffetas: A Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties | August 14, 2017
Journey back in time for a fun, nostalgic romp through the songs of ‘50s. A quartet of sisters – THE TAFFETAS – from the Midwest is determined to sing their way onto national television. Enjoy being a part of their debut studio audience as they knock your bobby-socks off with a musical revue paying tribute to the McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and the Chordettes with hits like “Johnny Angel,” “Mr. Sandman,” “You Belong to Me,” “Sh-Boom,” “Where the Boys Are,” and many more. Be there or be square!

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