STRAND spotlight

Don't miss SHAKESPEARE DAY presented by the Barn Arts Collective!

Inlcudes two free "vacation week" events for kids:

11am: Shakespeare is My Hero is an interactive performance event with music, dancing and disguises, showcasing the world's greatest playwright. Ideal for kids ages 4 - 11. More info

2pm: Shakespeare and Stage Combat is a theater workshop that explores Shakespeare’s verse and characters by focusing on the body and breath. For ages 12 - 18; registration is required. More info


And a live stage production for all ages!

7pm: 12th Night! is a new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, reimagined for a modern audience by the Barn Arts Collective. Tickets $12.50/Adults, $5/Students  Buy Tickets

This family-friendly performance brings the story and characters to life with energy and creativity as four actors play thirteen roles in a 90-minute production.  The show features countless quick changes, original music, a pirate, a pop star, several dance parties and one big practical joke.

12th Night! played to packed houses at The Barn in Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island during its premiere in August and has since been remounted for audiences of students and members of the public on MDI.  It plays in Rockland for one night only.

The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of  performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community.

Visit the Barn Arts Collective Website

Friends of the Strand Theatre and Cafe Miranda will present the first ever “Red Carpet Stage Dinner” at the Strand Theatre on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30pm. Proceeds from this one-of-a-kind dining experience will benefit the Strand’s presentation of free community programming in 2016.

While many people have attended stage and screen presentations at the Strand, this is an opportunity to experience the theater in an entirely different way; attendees will dine seated on the stage and enjoy the view of the Strand’s beautifully restored interior from a whole new perspective—the view usually reserved for performing artists.  Food and flair will be provided by Café Miranda, and wines will be provided by Cellardoor Winery.

Sponsorship support from Bangor Savings Bank has made it possible for all ticket proceeds to be used for the Strand’s free-admission community programs.

In 2015, the Strand’s free programs included family-friendly school vacation week presentations, Earth Day programs, free movies for Rockland Days, a Mother’s Day Variety show, and the annual Christmas movie. In 2016 the Strand plans to expand their community programming beginning with the free screening of THE CHILDREN'S MARCH, 1pm, Monday, January 18, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to the Strand Theatre’s Executive Director Jessie Davis, "The Strand's presentation of free community programs really represents the heart of our mission as an organization--to be able to provide entertainment that is enlightening, educational, and fun; and to open our doors wider and wider to welcome everyone in as we grow the Strand into being ‘the community's theater.’ This dinner will be a fun way to kick off a great year, and we are so grateful to our presenting partners, and Bangor Savings, for joining in to help us do this good work here in midcoast Maine."

Cocktail hour begins at 5:30pm in the Strand lobby. Tickets are $150 per person and are available through the Strand’s business office: 207-701-5053 or [email protected]. Seating is limited, so early ticket reservations are recommended.

The Strand Theatre was recently selected as a beneficiary of the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program featuring their bright blue bag! For every blue “Good Karma” Reusable Bag purchased at the Rockland Hannaford, 75 Maverick Street, the Friends of the Strand Theatre will receive a $1 donation in order to help fulfill their mission to serve as a gathering place for educational and cultural enrichment in midcoast Maine, as an anchor for Rockland vibrant downtown community, and as a hometown institution of entertainment for all.

Strand Executive Director, Jessie Davis, commented, “We greatly appreciate Hannaford’s efforts to give back, and we are honored that they recognized the Strand’s value to the community by choosing us as the beneficiary for this fledging program. And, as if that wasn’t great enough, the bags are totally useful and sturdy and even have handy bottle holders built in so your seltzer doesn’t go rolling all over the place. This is truly a win win!”

The Good Karma bags will be available through December 31, 2015.

The Strand Theatre depends on revenue from their Membership program, sponsorships, and donations to supplement the income derived from ticket and concessions sales.

TWO FACES OF THE SEA tells the story of Maine fishermen and the difficulties they face every day harvesting the ocean. The documentary was filmed locally, in the 1970's, by Frank Cantor -- whose film career began in the village of Port Clyde, Maine.

TWO FACES OF THE SEA was recently screened at the Strand; Cantor has also made the film available for all to view by going to this link:



This widely seen film has been honored by national and international awards including:

* Grand Award, Berlin International Film Festival
* Bronze Cindy, Information Film Producers of America * Silver Medal, Atlantic Film Festival
* Chris Award, Columbus Film Festival
* Blue Pencil Award, Federal Editors Association
* Silver Award, U.S. Film and Television Festival
* Award for Creative Excellence

U.S. Industrial Film Festival, Chicago
* Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
* Selected for study by The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar * Cine Golden Eagle - Cine International Film Festival

TWO FACES OF THE SEA was produced for Maine’s Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries by The Film Group, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Strand recently commenced a month-long celebration in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of its Re-Opening. Rockland community members joined the Strand staff to launch the festivities. Pictured are Greg Pinto, Tom Peaco, Nate Davis, Gordon Page, Frank Isganitis, Sarah Ruddy, Louise MacLellan-Ruf, Nick Ruf, Jana Herbener, Norrie Thompson, Terry Pinto, Kelsey Wotton, Liz McLeod, Eve Hupper, Dave Dailey, and Jessie Davis

The theater has been a cornerstone of downtown Rockland since it opened in 1923; as a tribute to the many memories that midcoast Maine residents have of the Strand, the theater staff invites  the community to contribute their memories and stories to a collaborative scrapbook. The memories, either of experiences at the Strand or of Rockland life in general, and from the near or distant past, will be compiled into a scrapbook that will be on public view at the Strand. Each person who offers us their story or memory will be entered into a weekly drawing for a Supporter’s Level ($100) Membership; four drawings will take place: on July 10, 17, 24, and 31. Submissions can be made in person at the theater; on Facebook; or by mail to the Strand Theatre, PO Box 433, Rockland, 04841.

The celebration month will be capped off with “Rockland Days” at the theater; all Rockland residents will be invited to attend all Strand movies for free on Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2.

Trekkies know: The transporter, or materializer, is a subspace device capable of almost instantaneously moving an object from one location to another. Transporters are able to dematerialize, transmit and reassemble an object. The act of transporting is often referred to as “beaming”.

Non-Muggles know: A popular method of travel in the wizarding world, Apparition, is the magical action of travelling by focusing on a desired location—a form of teleportation.

Whovians know: TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is a time machine/spacecraft, a product of the advanced technology of the Time Lords, an extraterrestrial civilization from the planet Gallifrey. A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and place in the universe.

There’s a TARDIS on Main Street and it’s time we talked about it—and yes, it is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.

Hundreds have been transported, in the last few months alone, through stories and music, to Newfoundland, Niger, Nashville, Nigeria, England, Austin, and Italy by simply stepping through the Strand’s front doors.  Crossing the state, the country, and the world—while the travel may not be intergalactic, it is certainly international.

From Western Africa with Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist, Angelique Kidjo, to the rollicking emerald hillsides of Ireland with Dervish, from the Texas borderlands with Alejandro Escovedo, to the cold French north with Le Vent du Nord, from La Perle des Antilles, Haiti with Belo, to the honky tonk western swing of Travis County with Asleep at the Wheel—the Strand stage has afforded us so many opportunities to travel in place through music.

Sitting in the audience this past September with my seven year old daughter, listening to the Tuareg guitar virtuoso, Bombino, dressed in his colorful boubou and singing in his native Tamashek, I was struck by how fortunate we were to be having such an incredible cultural and artistic experience just steps from our own front door. It’s amazing to think that a world renowned musician travelled thousands of miles of physical, political, and cultural terrain, from the desert of Niger to our little city on the coast of Maine, and here we were, having walked two blocks from our house to the Strand, broadening our global perspective and awareness in a way that typically only happens through border crossing travel and immersion.

When the stage is dark, the Strand screen offers additional passage in time and place. Week to week the destinations change, but the overall experience of being transported, through words and pictures, remains the same. The opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience a world outside our own, to be challenged, comforted, educated or entertained, exists, right here on Main Street, whenever the Strand’s doors are open.

From the sidewalks of Rockland, Maine through the Strand’s doors, you too can travel in place.

So, where to next?

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