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 25, 2018 – August 3, 2018

2018 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 this year’s 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 60th season, offers Broadway-caliber musical theatre throughout the summer. The 2018 production season offers a terrific array of productions for all tastes and pleasures.

2018 Maine State Music Theatre Programming

Million Dollar Quartet | June 6 – 23, 2018
Elvis Presley… Johnny Cash… Jerry Lee Lewis… Carl Perkins – a historic quartet brought together by an extraordinary twist of fate on a December evening in 1956. This meeting at Sun Records would become one of the greatest jam sessions ever! Relive the era through the Billboard genres of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B, and country with an unbelievable score and unforgettable numbers that every generation knows, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and many more.

Beauty and the Beast | June 27 – July 14, 2018
This revered fairytale – a timeless family favorite – is one of the largest of the season, with expansive sets, beautifully crafted costumes, a large chorus with a robust sound, and more!  All of the fanciful characters, such as a talking tightly wound clock (the butler), adorable tea cup (a young boy), and a kindhearted candelabra (maître d’), are trapped in this spellbound form until the beast, who is actually a young prince, can learn to love and have his love returned. Beauty and the Beast features all the cheerful songs we know and love, including “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and of course “Beauty and the Beast.”

Saturday Night Fever | July 18 – August 4,
Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms, and disco were all the rage.   Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns to escape his dead-end job and become a “disco king” at the local club.  Packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including: “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and many more, Saturday Night Fever sizzles with a compelling story and explosive dance.

Singin’ in the Rain | August 8  25, 2018
Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man, and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.


Ticket information is available by contacting the Maine State Music Theater Box Office at 207.725.8769. View the full schedule of events.