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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.

Stage East Transforms Downtown Storefront for New Show, Running Through December 11!

The transformation of the space at 34 Water Street in Eastport has been one of the main production considerations for Stage East’s upcoming play, The Glass Menagerie. While many hands helped transform the space, the brunt of the work fell to Greg Blatt, Dana Graffam, and Bernie Cecire. Aside from outfitting … [Read More]

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Stage East to Mount Classic American Drama in Downtown Eastport Storefront

Stage East adventures beyond the Eastport Arts Center with its next production, The Glass Menagerie. The company will make use of the storefront space at 34 Water Street in Eastport, just across from the Waco Diner, to stage the classic American drama by Tennessee Williams. Stage East veterans Jenie Smith (Amanda) … [Read More]

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Stage East’s ‘Dracula: The Musical?’ Runs Through October 30—Sneak Peek Photos Are Here!

Stage East’s season premiere, Dracula: the Musical?, opens Friday, October 21, and runs through October 30, with evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. We’re thrilled to present a sneak peek roll of images of the cast in a dress rehearsal … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Monthly Theater Course—on Shakespeare!—Begins October 25

Stage East’s first Play-by-Play series of the 2022-2023 season will take famed English playwright William Shakespeare as its subject. The course will be held on Tuesdays from 6-9 pm, October 25, November 15, December 13 and January 17, and will include readings and a helpful study guide covering the … [Read More]

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Youth Theater Group to Write Original Mystery

Children’s Theater Workshop begins Saturday, October 15 at Stage East. The program will run Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, through November 17. The focus of the session is on producing an original play using the mystery genre as its inspiration and taking a mansion as its setting. The script will … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Latest—a Musical Comedy!—Pokes Fun at Classic Horror Tale

Stage East’s season premiere, Dracula: the Musical?, will open on October 21 and run through October 30, with evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. The book, music, and lyrics were penned by Rick Abbot, an editor and science fiction, mystery, … [Read More]

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Stage East to Offer Theater Group for Youth, Shakespeare Class for Adults

Stage East has two educational offerings this fall and winter, one catering to youth and the other to adults. The first is a continuation of the much-loved Children’s Theater Workshop, which Stage East is adopting from the Eastport Arts Center. The upcoming session will focus on developing an original … [Read More]

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Humorous and Spooky Stage East Musical in Rehearsal for October Performances

Rehearsals for Stage East’s season premiere are well underway. Dracula: The Musical? will open Friday Oct. 21st and run through Sunday Oct. 30th with Friday and Saturday performances at 7 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. A delightful spoof of the classic horror tale, the show is sure to please with its … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Play-by-Play to Resume in October with Shakespeare Session

Stage East’s next session of Play by Play, Intro to Shakespeare, has been delayed by one month and will now begin on Tuesday, October 18th. The course will run into the new year with a final session in January and will cover all the originally planned works: A Midsummer … [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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