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Looking for local talent for upcoming play "Tartuffe"

June 4, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s summer theatre is searching for local talent to perform in a play, entitled Tartuffe by Moliere.            

The audition date is Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Fox Auditorium at UMFK, or by appointment.               

“Come work with us as we put a St. John Valley spin on this hilarious theatrical classic,” notes Aaron Bernstein, summer theatre producer.             

Auditions are open to anyone in the community who is interested; no experience necessary. Male and female performers of all ages, technicians, and production staff are needed.                

The play is about a scoundrel named Tartuffe, who pretends to be a model of virtue to gain the trust of a wealthy family, but is really a smooth- talking swindler. Will his true nature be discovered before he robs the family blind?                

Tartuffe is one of Moliere’s notable works. Moliere is the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a French playwright of King Louis XIV in 17th Century Paris. His wild farces have been performed for centuries in multiple languages, and are regarded as masterpieces of comedy in western literature.                            

The play will be performed each evening from Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium and on Sunday, August 2 the performance will be held at 1 p.m.             

“We are continuing to bring back the opportunity for community members to get involved in performing arts at UMFK.” said Bernstein.                        

The summer theatre production staff are Corey Gagne, director; Aaron Bernstein, producer and John Blanchette, technical director.   Gagne is a Fort Kent native. He 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 in plays and musicals. Blanchette is a native of New Sweden. He is a UMFK graduate with many years of experience doing lighting and sound work in various productions.            

Anyone interested in being a part of the play, please contact Bernstein at (207) 834-7893 or by e-mail at