Stage East’s latest, Music and the Movies, opens Friday, December 29 with a 7 pm show; two more shows will be offered on Sunday, December 31—at 3 pm and 7 pm. The show boasts 15 talented singers—plus piano, guitar and trumpet!—sharing a bounty of songs popularized by films dating from 1939 to present day and divided into three sections: Childhood Memories, The Wonder Years, and The Dawning Age of the Internet.

The singers are at work on the show’s finale during a recent rehearsal.

Director Elizabeth Nichols-Goodliff, who composed the music and lyrics for the 2022 Stage East original musical, Away Down East (A Wicked Good Time!), is pleased to bring this material to the Eastport community, and will perform on trumpet as well as raising her voice during the show. Goodliff has written and directed two Wild Blueberry Festival musicals in Machias, directed children’s musicals in schools, performed with UMM Chorale and Machias Town Band, Quoddy Voices and the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, played in a cover band and directed several shows for Stage East. She has created an arrangement of famous movie themes that she’ll perform on trumpet for the Music and the Movies show.

Brandy Cogdill (right), who made a big impression on Stage East fans with her roles in Dracula: The Musical? and Almost, Maine, is shown at rehearsal with Director Elizabeth Nichols-Goodliff (left). Photo by Susan Griggs Bailey.

Performers include Rachel Bailey, Manuela Brice, Laura Brown, Heather Mara Campos, Brandy Cogdill, Madeline Collins, Dale Dougherty, Director Goodliff, Kayla Heckart, Ashley McLaughlin, Maggie Phares, Colin Shank, Iris Shank, Louis West (accompanist and singer), and Rosalie Woodward.

Accompanist Jane Lanctot works with singer Kayla Heckart.

Goodliff is joined by a production team of Brian Schuth, producer; Sarah Dalton-Phillips, assistant producer; Jane Lanctot, accompanist; and Bernie Cecire, “generally indespensable.”

Tickets are  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. More information about the show may be found here.