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UMFK Summer Theatre production to feature two one-act plays

July 21, 2008




The University of Maine at Fort Kent Summer Theatre will present two one-act plays, Des Jours Anciens and The Farmer’s Wife. The plays will be performed together as one evening of entertainment from Sunday, July 27 through Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium at UMFK.

The first play, The Farmer’s Wife, is about a farmer who transfers ownership of the farm to his eldest son, who makes an unexpected bargain. The Farmer's Wife features original musical numbers performed by the cast members. Performing cast members are Melanie Morgenthaler (Doris); Corey Gagne (Marcel); Aaron Bernstein (Reno); Jared Michaud (Young Reno) and John Blanchette (Roland).

The second play, Des Jours Anciens (The Old Days) is about two night janitors at a pajama factory who get a surprise visit from some highly unusual guests. The cast of Des Jours Anciens will utilize giant puppets to portray the Egyptian characters. Performing cast members are John Blanchette (Birdman); Andrew Birden (Shovel); Kate Fecinta (Isis) and Corey Gagne (Anubis).

During the evening performances, the cast will also perform a short musical prologue about the Acadian Deportation, entitled “Derangement.” Derangement is a series of short musical vignettes that follow the path of the Acadians from France to the St. John Valley. The featured singers are Christina Beaulieu and Jared Michaud. The orchestra features Jeff Morgenthaler on piano and John Blanchette on guitar. The prologue was written and composed by Aaron Bernstein.

Technicians and production staff include Corey Gagne (Director); John Blanchette (Tech Director); Aaron Bernstein (Producer); Mike Albert (Stage Manager);  Josh Birden (Lights); Taylor Bouchard (Sound) Noelle Dubay (Props); and Kate Fecinta and Alicia Bernstein (Costumes).

Admission is $5 for the general public and free for UMFK students. Both shows contain adult language in English and French, so parental discretion is advised. Seating is limited.

For ticket information, call 834-7893.