Maine summer time arts traditions, old and new, to glimpse forward to

Performers at Bates Dance Festival in 2018. Picture by Noor Eemaan, courtesy of Bates Dance Competition

In addition to the slate of musicals and museum exhibits are a handful of annual summer months arts traditions that are distinctive to Maine. Some are returning this calendar year just after a hiatus, and a single new festival hopes to make a lasting effect.

The Bates Dance Competition, which is held each individual summer season in Lewiston but was scaled again past year and canceled in 2020, will aspect eight unique indoor and out of doors performances commencing July 11 and functioning through Aug. 6.

The pageant is a schooling group for intercontinental pupils and emerging artists to understand and collaborate. The full plan of community performances in on the internet at

Audience customers just take their seats in advance of the commence of the Opera Maine generation ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Merrill Auditorium past July. Brianna Soukup/Personnel Photographer

Opera Maine is staging two performances of Richard Wagner’s “The Traveling Dutchman,” on July 27 and 29 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

The opera – sung in German, with English subtitles – tells the tale of a cursed ship captain who arrives ashore each 7 several years in search of adore that will established him cost-free. The Opera Maine Orchestra will be conducted by maestro Israel Gurksy and Dona D. Vaughn directs.

Opera Maine’s studio artist plan also will present performances on June 29 and July 1 of “The Tumble of the Property of Usher” by Philip Glass (dependent on the Edgar Allen Poe quick tale).

Robbie Harrison, remaining, and Michela Micalizio, associates of Fenix Theatre, rehearse Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the bandstand in Deering Oaks very last year. Ben McCanna/Employees Photographer

The skilled Fenix Theatre Organization will current its yearly Shakespeare in the Park at Deering Oaks in Portland. This 12 months, the enterprise will present “The Tempest,” directed by Stacey Koloski, from July 7-30. The performances are no cost.

And a new festival in June, structured by the Maine Academy of Modern day Music, will bring jointly a large array of art and audio choices.

Resurgam, the one particular-working day party scheduled for June 12 at Thompson’s Stage, fills the void still left when the Outdated Port Festival was scrapped in 2019 right after 46 yrs.

The totally free competition will include levels for are living new music and performing arts teams, space for Maine-manufactured arts and crafts, food stuff and a parade that includes the towering puppets of Portland’s Shoestring Theater.

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