As Stage East revs up for Almost, Maine, opening December 17, the group spotlights some of the unsung heroes of the Stage East family—including Anne Moody, Producer, and Bernie Cecire, Technical Director and Lighting Designer.

Bernie Cecire is captured in the faint work light of the booth. Photo by L. Elwood.

ANNE MOODY began as the choreographer for Stage East’s first production, Playboy of the Western World, in 1991. Her late husband Michael Moody was the Director. She has been involved on and off ever since as the Producer of Noye’s Fludde in 2005, Quilters in 2006, Dracula in 2007, Krapp’s Last Tape/The Human Voice and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, both in 2021, as well as numerous Magnificent Liars productions presented by Stage East, including Dear Elizabeth in 2020. We ask Moody a few questions below:

What do you love about Stage East? “I love the persistence of Stage East as an organization, exemplified by core members who have kept it going for 30 years. Many of those folks are involved in Almost, Maine.”

What are you looking forward to about this next production? “I am looking forward to watching the emergence of the new talents represented in the upcoming production of Almost, Maine. Also the unfolding of a different approach to staging the play under the leadership of Director Mark Macey. Having seen the original productions in both Portland, ME and in New York City, I am anxious to see Mark’s concept on its feet.”

Anne Moody is hard at work, poring over her script at an Almost, Maine rehearsal. Photo by L. Elwood.

BERNIE CECIRE‘s involvement with local theater predates Stage East, “Waaaaaay back in the 80s.” He notes that he was ‘in the right place at the right time’ when the company first formed, and that “Cornerstone and Jay Skriletz were the catalysts for the creation of Stage East.” We questioned Bernie further:

What do you love about Stage East? “I love that we offer live theater to Eastport and Washington County communities, both for audiences and people who want to be in on the action. I want to see the organization succeed and grow.”

What are you looking forward to about this next production? “Filling seats with happy patrons!”

Bernie Cecire, in one of his many technical roles, works with EAC staff to videorecord a piano performance by Gregory Biss. Photo by Lauren Koss.
Anne Moody is captured at work behind the scenes on Almost, Maine. Photo by L. Elwood.

More information about Stage East’s Almost, Maine may be found here. Tickets are available via the Stage East website or at the door. Attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge.