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Community Theatre for 30 Years

HISTORY

Stage East was founded in 1990 when Cornerstone Theater Company, a group of thespians who had met as students at Harvard, came to Eastport to put on a production as part of their mission to bring theater to rural communities. They adapted the Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt, into a play that locals could relate to called Pier Gynt.  They mixed their own actors with local, many of whom had never acted before, for the production. After Cornerstone left, the locals who had been involved in the production founded Stage East and put on their first production in the fall of 1990, The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge.  Stage East continues to produce popular and thought-provoking plays each summer as well as a special New Years Eve production.

We are always looking for people who are interested in participating in a production.  There are many jobs that are essential for the production of a play. Almost all of them behind the scenes. You don’t have to have any experience:  just a willingness to learn and to put in some hours (amount of time depending on the job).  Some of the jobs include:
publicity, distribution of posters, deliver/pickup posters and programs at printers, stage management. obtaining props, placing the props on the stage during the play, house management, bringing food for the reception, selling tickets at the front door, lighting design, lighting techs, running the light board, sound effect design, sound tech, running the sound board, directing and producing.

Staged Reading, a Collaboration Between Lubec & Eastport Theater Groups, Packed EAC

By Manuela BriceThe Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continued full steam on February 25 and drew a full house of a most delighted crowd with the staged reading of “Five Short Comedies,” a collaborative effort of Stage East and the Lubec Campobello Community Theatre, excellently directed by … [Read More]

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Local Theater Groups to Collaborate for February 25 Sunday Series Staged Reading

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues with a staged reading, “Five Short Comedies,” a collaborative effort of Stage East and the Lubec Campobello Community Theatre, on February 25 at 3 pm. The comedies all relate to the theme of our need to love and be understood, … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Directing Workshop Begins February 12

Stage East will begin a new Directing Workshop on February 12; the group will meet every other week on Mondays through May 20, from 6-8:30 pm. Led by experienced director and longtime Stage East President Brian Schuth, the workshop aims to bring together people who are serious about learning … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Latest in Photos; Director Admits Aspiration Towards a ‘Star Trek future’

“I’ve always wanted the Star Trek future where we work to better ourselves and to serve our communities,” noted Elizabeth Nichols-Goodliff, who directed and performed in the Stage East’s latest, ‘Music and the Movies,’ a revue performed on December 29 and 31. “We get to have those experiences and … [Read More]

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Show Time for Stage East’s ‘Music and the Movies’: Cast List is In, with Sneak Peeks!

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 … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Latest Boasts New Faces & Beloved Tunes—Shows are Dec. 29 & 31!

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 … [Read More]

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Stage East to Sing in the New Year; Tickets Available Now

Join Stage East to celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend in Eastport with a salute to Music and the Movies. This large cast ensemble musical revue will bring back memories of your favorite musical moments from popular movies.  Performances take place at the Eastport Arts Center on Friday, December 29th … [Read More]

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Stage East Musical Revue Still Seeking

Stage East is putting together a musical revue, “Music and the Movies”, for December 29 and 31 performances at Eastport Arts Center, and additional recruits are encouraged to join in.  “Although we have a good number of participants (18-20), we could still incorporate some more,” noted Beth Goodliff, the … [Read More]

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Stage East Seeks Singers for Revue; Auditions/Meet&Greet/First Practice is November 4

Stage East will present a musical revue based on the theme of “Music and the Movies”. The performance dates will be Friday, December 29th and Sunday, December 31st, 2023. This event will be part of Eastport’s New Year’s Eve celebration and will take place at the Eastport Arts Center.Stage … [Read More]

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Stage East Invites All to ‘Company Formation Meeting’ on July 15

Stage East is thrilled to announce its upcoming “Company Formation Meeting” on Saturday, July 15 at 2 pm at the residence of Stage East President, Brian Schuth. The event aims to bring together individuals who share a passion for theater and are willing to invest their time and efforts … [Read More]

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