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Looking for local talent as summer theatre returns to UMFK

June 13, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s summer theatre is searching for local talent to perform in two plays, entitled Des Jours Acdiennes and The Farmer’s Wife.             

Audition dates are Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fox Auditorium at UMFK. Interested individuals are invited to audition for a part in the shows and can come anytime during the scheduled blocks. Auditions are open to anyone in the community who is interested, no experience necessary. Performers, technicians, musicians, craftspeople, and production staff are needed.            

Both plays will be performed every evening from Sunday, July 27 through Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.             

 “We wanted to bring back the opportunity for community members to get involved in performing arts at UMFK.” said Aaron Bernstein, producer.                        

The two plays were written by Jason Scott.  “The plays are both amusing explorations of the life and culture of Acadians in the St. John Valley,” noted Bernstein.            

Des Jours Anciennes (The Olden Days) is about two night janitors at a pajama factory who get a surprise visit from some highly unusual guests. The Farmer’s Wife is about a farmer who transfers ownership of the farm to his eldest son, and his son makes an unexpected bargain. 

The summer theatre production staff are Corey Gagne, director; Aaron Bernstein, producer,  Jason Scott, playwright; and John Blanchette, technical director.

Gagne is a Fort Kent native. He has studied acting at Mountview Conservatory in London and is a founding member of the Dirigo Group, an award-winning theater company located in Austin, Texas.  Bernstein moved to Fort Kent as a teenager. He is assistant director of media services at UMFK, and has 20 years of experience acting, directing, designing, and performing music in plays and musicals. Scott is a Fort Kent native. He currently is a video game writer and producer at Volition Inc. in Champagne, Illinois, where he has worked on many popular titles.  Blanchette is a native of New Sweden. He is a UMFK senior with many years of experience doing lighting and sound work in various productions.    

Anyone interested in being a part of these shows, please contact Aaron Bernstein at (207) 834-7893 or by e-mail at aaronb@maine.edu.