The New Year’s Eve tradition of theater at the Eastport Arts Center continues with Stage East’s presentation of Music and the Movies.  This original production is a follow up of the well-received 2019 production of Broadway Revue. The musical ensemble cast will be presenting favorite songs from popular movies from the 1930’s to today. 

There will be three performances—Friday, December 29th at 7 pm and Sunday, December 31st at 3 pm and 7 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. Admission is $12 with students 17 and under admitted free of charge.  Tickets may be purchased either at the door or on-line at stageeast.org

There are several notable new faces in this show:

Jane Lanctot, accompanist, is new to Stage East but is a well known pianist from Lubec. She has performed on historical keyboards since the 1970s, but has focused on the modern piano and fortepiano in recent years. Her varied musical background includes studying and teaching classical Cambodian music all over the United States. She has premiered many new works, appeared live on MPR and NPR, and is the accompanist for Quoddy Voices. Her radio show Round the World with Cracklin’ Jane (produced for local station WSHD-LP in Eastport) is syndicated in the US, Canada, and the UK, and features radio plays punctuated by 78-RPM recordings.

Jane Lanctot is shown presenting for the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series, in 2022. Photo by L. Elwood.

Among the vocal performers, Dale Dougherty has worked in community theater for the Company OnStage in Houston as an actor as well as stage manager, technician and designer.

Maggie Phares

Maggie Phares, who has recently moved from West Virginia with her husband Dr. Robert Phares, has performed in many well-known roles in musicals including Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, in addition to directing children’s plays and musicals.

Louis West

Louis West, who’ll raise his voice and accompany others on guitar during the show, is a North American singer-songwriter who has spent much of his adult life traveling the continent to work on sustainable farms, live in intentional communities, and explore paths of  spiritual study, much of it behind the wheel of a 1960’s VW Bus.  More information about West’s creative work may be found at www.organicsforpeace.org.