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Community Theatre for 30 Years


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.

Storytellers Wanted for Stage East’s ‘The Canned Sardine’

The Canned Sardine, Stage East’s storytelling event, will return to the Sutherland Amphitheater on Saturday, August 6 at 2 pm. Storytellers of all stripes are encouraged to come share their tall tales, myths, autobiographies, or gut-busters with audience members as a part of the Eastport ArtWalk’s Passport Weekend.  It’s … [Read More]

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Stage East Season Auditions to Be Held August 7

Stage East auditions for the 2022-2023 season will be held August 7th from 10 am-2 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The 31st season of Eastport’s own theater group is diverse, with classic drama, musical comedy, physical theater and a premiere of a Downeast-inspired original work. Whether center stage or … [Read More]

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Late Artist’s Work Exhibited to Benefit Local Theater

Dastardly Dick’s Wicked Good Coffee in Eastport is excited to display and sell the paintings of Dominic Noe. Aside from being an active artist in the local scene, Noe frequently volunteered at Stage East on and off stage and sat on the organization’s board from 2004-2008. A celebration of … [Read More]

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Stage East’s 31st Season Announced: Mainstage Shows, Youth Theater & Adult Classes!

Stage East looks forward to its 31st season with a slate of mainstage productions as well as new youth and adult programming. After their first full season in several years, the organization is looking forward to a continued and expanding presence, according to Executive Artistic Director, Mark Macey. “I’m thrilled … [Read More]

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Real Life Sisters Portray Siblings in Stage East’s Musical Comedy

Sisters Madeline and Lucy Collins shine on stage together as the junior half of the family in Away Down East (A Wicked Good Time!). One young theatergoer remarked on the pair’s ‘real’-looking hugs on stage, and was tickled to hear that they are real hugs! Following are some thoughts … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Family Friendly Comedy Runs through June 19; TWO Video Teasers are Here!

Stage East’s latest—an original musical, Away Down East (A Wicked Good Time)—opened June 10 at Eastport Arts Center; weekend shows will continue through June 19. “This show is so well rounded,” wrote Natalie Bilski, who plays the matriarch of the tourist family we follow through the show. “It’s going to … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Newest Director Reflects on World Premiere Musical, a ‘Remarkable Romp’

L. Elwood, director, is at the helm of Stage East’s latest: the world premiere of an original musical, Down East Tonight (A Wicked Good Time). L reflects on the production, and all that it promises for theatergoers:“Ahhhh Down East. Truly, the way life should be. And what better way to … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Latest—an Original Musical—Coming June 10!

Stage East will ring in its summer offerings with an original musical highlighting life Down East. With music and lyrics by Elizabeth Nichols-Goodliff and book by Mark Macey, this comedic romp is sure to please families of all ages. The play features cast and crew from ages 8 to … [Read More]

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Young Playwright’s Career Boosted by Weeklong Residency with Stage East

Stage East’s inaugural Jay Skriletz Playwriting Initiative came to a satisfying end over two nights of staged readings on May 6th & 7th. Wilder Fray Short, the winning playwright, had warm regards for his time in Eastport workshopping his play In the 45th.  The initiative included a week-long workshop led … [Read More]

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Skriletz Prize Winner Announced, Staged Readings Coming Up May 6-7

Stage East has announced that winner of the inaugural Jay Skriletz Playwriting Initiative is Wilder Fray Short, a Bowdoin student, and his script, In the 45th. Short will visit Eastport for a week-long workshop with Stage East; his play will be presented for the public as a staged reading … [Read More]

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