by Annie Baker
2022 www.ohmpaa.org Sponsored by New Balance and Oxford Federal Credit Union JUNE 16–26 NORWAY GRANGE 15 WHITMAN STREET presents COMMUNITY THEATER IN THE HILLS
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The Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association presents
by Annie Baker
DIRECTED BY Laurie Riihimaki featuring
Kathryn Gardner Marty Mike Newsom Schultz Hillary Perry Theresa Daniel Rennie James Jasmine Wells Lauren
A windowless dance studio in the town of Shirley, Vermont. There is a wall of mirrors. There is a big blue yoga ball. TIME Summertime.
THE VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING OF THIS PERFORMANCE BY ANY MEANS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Circle Mirror Transformation is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Laurie first pitched this show to OHMPAA back in the fall of 2019. Her passion for this play came through loud and clear and we easily chose it, and her, for the June 2020 slot. We all know what happened next. Two years later we asked Laurie to pitch again. She was even more enthusiastic, and we were thrilled that she came back on board.
As producers, working with Laurie and this cast has been a delight from the very first read through. They are a hard-working, funny, committed, talented, and creative bunch and all of them stepped out of their comfort zones in many ways.
We are so grateful to them, and to the sponsors, advertisers and members who provide vital production support. We especially thank you for buying a ticket and coming with us to a windowless room in a small town community center. You will laugh, wince, perhaps cry. It will be worth it.
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY WILLIAM FINN
BOOK BY RACHEL SHEINKIN
CONCEIVED BY REBECCA FELDMAN
November 10–13 & 17–20, 2022
Norway Grange | 15 Whitman Street
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-aﬃrming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Directed by Kristen Searles.
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The Norway Opera House Corporation is embarking on the fourth and final phase of the restoration of the Norway Opera House. This final phase has been made possible by completing the first three phases that secured, stabilized, and reactivated the Main Street retail spaces. The work has been funded by grants, use of federal and state historic tax credits, as well as by individuals in the community.
There have also been countless hours of clean-up and demolition work done by the corporation board members and local volunteers. We proudly showcase the beautiful store fronts which have brought foot traffic and shoppers to Main Street. Our sights are now on the upstairs hall which will once again be the hub of community activities and the pride of Main Street.
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
The theater for me has always been my safe space. Being surrounded by like-minded creatives who collaborate effortlessly and give me permission to be silly feels like home. There is something magical about the process; we start with simple words on a page and transform it into a one-of-a-kind gift that exists only in present time. The full yet brief “life” of theater is heartbreaking, but for me, it’s a reminder of why life is worth living.
Love at first sight is how I would describe the way Baker’s words enveloped me in 2010. I was a college freshman in Boston and had the opportunity to see not one, not two, but three of Annie Baker’s productions go live at The Calderwood Pavillion. I was intensely hit, and frankly, creatively turned on by Baker’s use of the English language, combining modern slang with BIG ideas, incorporating true-to-life pauses and silences, and making use of everyone’s favorite lazy hesitation: “ummm.” Her authentic characters and the compassionate way she portrayed life’s hardships and internal struggles mixed with everyday bustle truly scratched a creative itch I didn’t know existed.
I was overjoyed that my old friends at OHMPAA welcomed me back with open arms — after I left for nine years to study and work creatively in Boston, London, and NYC — and trusted me to produce a piece that still gives me goosebumps. It may have taken us a few years because of the pandemic, but I was over the moon when we were finally able to move forward, despite my own health issues. OHMPAA’s faith in me to effectively direct this thoughtful piece a month after brain surgery definitely speaks for itself! As one board member said, “It’s not a prerequisite but it helps to have brain surgery before playing with us.” Directing this show has been a very enjoyable and important
part of my healing. This is a long and hard recovery and I would not be feeling as good as I am without the belly laughs, positive creative energy, and community of kind people. I am so blessed to have all of your support. Thank you to the board for letting me play. Let’s do this again sometime!
To the cast, all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you for trusting me. Your willingness to jump when I said “jump,” even when it seemed foolish, is the best gift a director could ever receive. It was a thrill to see you try, fail, and get up without question and try again. You all worked and worked until it felt just right. This is the part of the process the audience doesn’t see, but let me tell you, it takes a lot of guts to openly leap into failure three evenings a week until you feel that emotional ping in your chest or hear a teary laugh (sorry guys!) from the director’s table that indicates success.
Your bold choices, your eagerness to explore, and your access to your emotions helped to create the five very real characters we’re sharing with an audience today. Being vulnerable is not an easy thing to do, but it certainly helps put on a good show.
There is a special place in my heart for all of these characters and I hope as an audience member you connect with them, understand them, and cherish them the way we all have. Maybe you’ll even see a little bit of yourself onstage.
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Meet the Cast
Kathryn Gardner (Marty) lives in Otisfield with her family and works as a Somatic Movement Therapist. She likes dancing, making music and gardening, and tries to find ways to address the climate crisis. “I’ve loved playing with folks and performing in many OHMPAA productions including On Golden Pond, The Road to Eden’s Ridge and Almost, Maine. Shout out to family and friends who brighten these troubled times, and especially Michael, Olivia, our two kitties and Remy the wigglebutt dog. I love you. And Mom — thanks for being the first one to buy a ticket!”
Mike Newsom (Schultz) Mike’s OHMPAA roles include Henry McCoy in Papermaker (2019), Charlie in On Golden Pond (2015), the Bullfrog in HONK! (2014), Michael in The Road to Eden’s Ridge (2012), and Pete, Jimmy, Lendall, Randy and Man in Almost, Maine (2008). For his day job, Mike sells Medicare plans at Wheelers Insurance. He is the board chair at the Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Norway, is developing an affordable housing project for Norway, and is a certified teacher of Re-evaluation Counseling (cocounseling. org.) “Thanks Liv for letting your parents do this again. Thanks Kathryn for encouraging me to take the risk.”
Hillary Perry (Theresa) is happy to be back at the Grange, performing in her fifth show with OHMPAA! After being cast in the last four musicals with OHMPAA (Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Monty Python’s Spamalot) she decided to audition for the next straight play, and here we are! She hopes you will enjoy watching this play as much as she has enjoyed acting it. Besides theater, Hillary also spends her time working in the Infant Classroom at OT to Play and taking dance classes at Expansion Arts here in the Oxford Hills. She’d like to say a
huge and warm thank you to her husband, family members, and friends who have continuously supported her in the arts.
Daniel Rennie (James) Daniel is a father of two and husband of one. He has performed in many local productions. OHMPAA roles have included Ernie in Papermaker, Dr. Orrin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors, East and others in Almost, Maine and The Wolf/Prince Charming in Into the Woods. You may also have seen him as The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, and Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid. He is very humbled and pleased to be pounding the floorboards at the Norway Grange, presenting a very different and powerful play. Daniel would like to thank his wife and partner Jenny for making it possible for him to pursue his passions in the arts. He is also deeply grateful for his children who continue to teach him the most valuable lessons daily. Papa loves you, Lilijune and Henry Hercules.
Jasmine Wells (Lauren) a junior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. She has appeared in one other OHMPAA production — The Wind in the Willows in 2019 — and has had a love for theater since her elementary school. At Oxford Hills she is in the Advanced Communications program through the tech school where students learn all the behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking, from lighting to operating a camera. “Circle Mirror Transformation has truly been a wonderful experience and I am so glad we can have some normalcy back in our lives.”
Lorie Olson Broker
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OHMPAA’s Theatrical History
Get Happy—A Speakeasy** 1985 Maybe It’s Love** 1986 Sentimental Journey** 1987 Working* 1987 The Mikado* 1987 Children Of A Lesser God 1988 Tears And Laughter** 1989 The Real Inspector Hound 1989 Side By Side By Sondheim* 1989 Harvey 1990 HMS Pinafore* 1992 The Mousetrap 1993 The Fantasticks* 1993 Nunsense* 1994 Mayhem & Merriment** 1995 Butterflies Are Free 1995 Steel Magnolias 1996 Cinderella* 1996 Rebecca 1997 Guys & Dolls* 1997 Moon Over Buffalo 1998 Forever Plaid* 1998 Rumors 1999 Grease* 1999 Forever Plaid* (2 runs) 1999 Sylvia 2000 Nunsense* 2000 See How They Run 2000 The Secret Garden* 2001 Love Letters 2001 Our Town 2002 Little Mary Sunshine* 2002 The Foreigner 2002 Arsenic & Old Lace 2003 A Grand Night For Singing* 2003 The Nerd 2003 1940’s Radio Hour* 2003 You Can’t Take It With You 2004
OHMPAA’s Retrospective Show** 2004
The Odd Couple 2004 Don’t Drink The Water 2005 The Music Man* 2005 Swingtime Canteen* 2005 And Then There Were None 2006 tick, tick…BOOM!* (2 runs) 2006 Something’s Afoot* 2006 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum* 2007 Cinderella’s Glass Slipper* 2007 Don’t Dress For Dinner 2007 The Glass Menagerie 2008 Almost, Maine 2008 Man Of La Mancha* 2008
All This Talk Is Killing Me † 2009 The Prisoner Of Second Avenue 2009 Never Too Late 2009 Murder At Cafe Noir † 2009 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying* 2009 Enchanted April 2010 Bus Stop 2010 Witches, Britches, Rings ’n’ Things 2010 Murder Rides Again † 2010 Roles of a Lifetime: a musical journey** 2010 Run For Your Wife 2011 Lend Me A Tenor 2011 Large Window on a Small World 2011 Marriage Can Be Murder † 2011 I Do! I Do!* 2011 Jake’s Women 2012 The Senator Wore Pantyhose 2012 The Altos † 2012
The Road to Eden’s Ridge: the musical* 2012 The Good Doctor 2013 The Fourth Wall 2013
Accent on Murder † 2013
Wait Until Dark 2013 What the Butler Saw 2014 See How They Run 2014 Honk!* 2014 Frankly, Scarlett, He’s Dead † 2015 On Golden Pond 2015 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum* 2015 A Christmas Cabaret** 2015 Our Town 2016 One Acts Weekend 2016 Into the Woods* 2016 Amahl and the Night Visitors* 2016 Barefoot in the Park 2017 The Drowsy Chaperone* 2017 Noises Off 2018
This is What Happened: Backstage Stories 2018 Little Shop of Horrors* 2018 The Gift of the Magi and The Happy Prince 2018 The Wind in the Willows 2019 Papermaker 2019 Godspell* 2019 Love is in the Air Cabaret ** 2020 Roles of a Lifetime Anniversary Virtual Open Mic Series** 2020 Monty Python’s Spamalot 2021 Circle Mirror Transformation 2022
*Musical **Musical Review †Dinner Theater
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About the Show
Circle Mirror Transformation received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York City on October 13, 2009. It was directed by Sam Gold; the set and costume design were by David Zinn; the lighting design was by Mark Barton; the sound design was by Leah Gelpe; and the production stage manager was Alaina Taylor.
Schultz Reed Birney
James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Marty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deirdre O’Connell
Lauren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Theresa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mary Louque, Terry Cole, Jenny Adams
Director Laurie Riihimaki
Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stage hand Bri Spinhirn
Lights and sound operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ben Bailey
Set design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Searles
Set construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Rennie, Aaron Skolfield Scott Parsons
Set decorating Jenny Adams, Terry Cole, Mary Louque, Shelly Shibles
Lighting design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norman Hutchins
House manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Cairns
Graphic design Jenny Adams
Promotional videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aaron Skolfield
Program advertising coordinators . . . . . . Terry Cole, Mary Louque
Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jess Bailey
• To The Tribune for acting as our local ticket agent.
• To the Norway Grange for the use of this wonderful historic facility.
• To our show sponsor, New Balance.
• To our show co-sponsor, Oxford Federal Credit Union.
• To our ticket sponsors, Oxford Lodge #18 and Ryan Kane Trucking and Custom Sawing.
• To our program advertisers for their support.
• To MSAD 17 and Norway Historical Society for the use of their fences for our banners.
• To Aaron Skolfield for help with lights.
• To Russ Rowe for the door and help painting.
• To Nancy Barry and Interlakes Theatre for the mirrors, to Terry and Curtis Cole for transporting them, and to Daniel Rennie and Sarah and Mike Porter for moving them.
• To Wheelers Insurance for the bulletin board and white board.
• To Jeff Orwig for the bulletin board.
• To Judy King for making a vest.
• To Hamilton Industries for the black hoodie.
• To Kristen Searles for the yoga ball.
• To Valerie Berg Strehlke for picking up print materials.
• To our friends and families for their support.
• To OHMPAA Members, Patrons and those who have donated to OHMPAA.
• And—as always—to you, our wonderful, faithful friends in the audience!
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