One of Maine’s summer treats is an afternoon or evening at the theater.  Maine hosts many summer theaters and I am going to tell you about some of the most well known.

The Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick is closest to Ocean Point.  Victoria Crandall opened the summer playhouse in the Pickard Theatre on the Bowdoin College Campus in 1959 with “The Song of Norway.”   She produced nine shows with full sets, costumes and chorus!

In 1967 the name was changed to Brunswick Music theatre.  By the late 60’s summer theaters were cropping up all over Maine and New England.  In the 1970’s the theater became non-profit allowing for an intern program.mamt2

Inn 1988 the name became Maine State Music Theatre.  The 2016 summer will be the thetre’s 58th season!  The following shows will be presented.

Ghost the Musical     June 8-25

       Earta     June 29-July 16

       Fiddler on the Roof     July 20 – August 6

       Momma Mia     August 10 – 27msmt1

        Jack and the Beanstalk     June 15 and 18

       Aladdin     August 22

Call the Box Office at 207-725-8769

The Ogunquit Playhouse got its start in the 1920’s and 1930’s during the depression when Walter Hartwig brought the Manhattan Theatre Colony to Ogunquit, Maine.  After Walter died, his wife Maude kept the theater going until her retirement in 1951.2016_Season_Heogunquit

2016 will be the 84th season for the Ogunquit Playhouse and they will be producing the following plays.

Let It Be     May 18 – June 11

       Anything Goes     June 15 – July 9

       Hunchback of Notre Dame July 13 – August 6

       Priscilla Queen of the Desert     August 10 – September 3

       Seven Brides for Seven Brothers     September 7 – ctober 1

       Million Dollar Quartet     October 5 – November 6

Call the Box Office at 207-646-5511

The Theatre at Monmouth is a year round company started in 1970.  The performances are held in the Cumston Hall which is on the National Register of Historical Buildings.  Their goal is to present “innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays.”  During this 47th season the following performances are scheduled.

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     Love’s Labor Lost

     The Barber of Seville

     Henry

     The Illusion

     Puss in Boots

     Boeing Boeing

Call the Box Office at 207-933-9999

The Lakewood Theatre opened in 1901 and will be celebrating its 116th season in 2016.  Originally, the grounds of the theater was a Native American campground and a meeting place for spiritualists.  One of the longest running plays on Broadway, “Life with Father,” premiered at Lakewood in 1939.  Many amazing changes have taken place at this beautiful theater over the years. The 2016 season will include the following.

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     Last Round of the Guacamole Queens

     Always Patsy Cline

     Cheshire Cat

     The Full Monty

     Hello Dolly!

     Of Mice and Men

     Confessions of a Dirty Blond

Call the Box Office at 207-474-7176

There are many more options in Maine but the above are favorites of mine.  Growing up in central Maine, I have fond memories of the Lakewood Theatre.  To a child they were magical evenings!