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2008 Board of Directors Steve Malcom – President Susan Brackett – Vice President Wendy Bellows – Treasurer Scott Larson – Treasurer Sally Barter Lindy Bragg Eric Chamberlin Kristina Ford Dorothy Gregory Daniel Haney Chip Newell Devin Mellor Mark Stover Jessie Wilkey Opera House Staff Cathy Sherrill – Managing Director Chris Koriath – Assistant

Contact Information Box Office – 633-5159 Administrative Offices – 633-6855 email – website – PO Box 800, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 OPERA HOUSE

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2008 Schedule June 2008 June 3 June 5 June 6 June 7 June 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 18 June 19 June 20 June 24 June 27 June 28

Portland String Quartet – 7:30 PM The Tafettas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM Jonathan Edwards in Concert – 8:00 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:30 PM The Taffetas – 7:3- PM The Magic of Illusionist Lyn Dillies – 7:30 PM Gypsy Jazz with the Ameranouche Trio – 7:30 PM Maine Humorist Tim Sample – 8:00 PM

July 2008 July 6 July 8 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 15 July 18 July 19 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 29 July 31

Fiddle Orchestra, The Saline Fiddlers – 7:30 PM Café Scientifique, Upstairs – 6:00 PM An Opera House Fundraiser – Jazz with Horace Grigsby & Marie Bosarge – 8:00 PM Classical with Koslosko-Dimow – 8:00 PM Comedian Bob Marley – 8:00 PM Café Scientifique, Upstairs – 6:00 PM Lincoln Arts Jazz with Queen City Big Band – 8:00 PM Lincoln Arts Jazz with State Street Traditional Jazz 8:00 PM Café Scientifique – 6:00 PM Indoor/Outdoor – 8:00 PM Indoor/Outdoor – 8:00 PM Indoor/Outdoor – 8:00 PM Indoor/Outdoor – 8:00 PM Café Scientifique – 6:00 PM Bob Mitchell Picture Show – 7:00 PM


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2008 Schedule August 2008 August 1 August 2 August 5 August 6 August 8 August 12 August 14 August 15 August 19 August 22 August 30

Bluegrass with Northern Lights – 8:00 PM Pianist Butch Thompson – 8:00 PM Café Scientifique – 6:00 PM Tom Rush in Concert – 7:30 PM Michael Johnson in Concert – 8:00 PM Cafe Scientifique – 6:00 PM Danny Beal’s Goodtime Hour – 7:30 PM Maine Storyteller, John McDonald – 7:30 PM Café Scientifique – 6:00 PM New Black Eagles Jazz – 8:00 PM Livingston Taylor in concert – 8:00 PM

And Coming This Fall September 13 Antonio Lopez, classical guitar – 8:00 PM September 20 Grammy winner, Paul Sullivan – 8:00 PM September 26 A Celtic Evening with Maura O’Connell – 8:00 PM October 11 Ellis Paul in Concert – 8:00 PM October 25 George Winston on piano – 8:00 PM November 14 Comedian Rusty Dewees – 8:00 PM December 6 The Great Gingerbread Spectacular Returns December 20 The Big Holiday Show – 7:30 PM


OPera House FOUNDING SPONSORS Thank you to our Founding Sponsors. We wouldn’t be here this evening without the early support and belief in the renaissance of the Opera House by the individual and businesses listed below. Mr. and Mrs. John Abbe

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Wishing The Opera House a wonderful and rewarding summer! 207.633.3818 � PO Box 142 � Boothbay, Maine 04537

2008 OPera House Members While there is still time to join our membership ranks and receive benefits for the 2008 season, we extend a round of applause to all those listed below for their Opera House Membership this year. Richard and Priscilla Alden Kevin & Rebecca Alley Mr. & Mrs. William Allison IV John Anderson & Cathy Sherrill Emily Andler John Andrews Sr., MD Joyce Armendaris Mr. & Mrs. Edward Asplundh Kent Babcock David & Sylvia Bailey Elliot & Jean Barker Jean Barr Robert Barter Stephen & Barbara Baseman Wendy & Alan Bellows Brad & Danielle Betts Mary Bickerstaff Billis Fine Arts Ronald Blake Sue Bogart Susan Brackett Sue Bradley Doug & Lindy Bragg John & Janet Brennan Joan Britton Pat & Duane Brunell Sally Bullard Don Cannalte Stephen Carbone Paula Carreiro Elizabeth Cassidy Ray Cave & Pat Ryan list as of May 1

Robert Chase China By the Sea Elizabeth Cole Franklin Cole & Judith Nightingale Richard Colten Chris & Emily Connors Jo Bach Crary Endicott & Nanette Davison C.M. Draper Laddie Drucker James & Doreen Dun Diane & Steve Dunham Judy & David Eastwood Sally & Mike Eastwood Ray & Bonnie Ebeling June Elderkin Raymond Estabrook Jane B. Fawcett Peter Felsenthal & Jennifer Litchfield Carol and Alan Fisher Alice Fossett Irene & Doug Fowle John D. Gibbons Charles Giles Bonnie Ginger Mr. & Mrs. Charles Grimes Jack & Marilyn Heise Robert Hermann & Irene Gerny Austin & Barbara Heyman Gerald & Jane Homer Katherine Hudson Mary Huntington OPERA HOUSE

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2008 Members

Caroline & Andrew Janover Russell Jeppesen Allen & Sally Johnson Robert & Audrey Kelly Don & Chris Kenniston Kenniston Hill Inn Hans & Christina Koehl Chris & Sarah Koriath Lois & Howard Kramer Bonnie & Craig Lewis Richard & Lois Lippincott Dominica Lord-Wood Jane & John Lunt Stephen Malcom & Martha Barrett Maryly Martin Bob & Anne McCormick McGee Family Phil McLellan Devin Mellor Hamilton & Helen Meserve Faith Meyer Dick & Eleanor Morrell Susan Morris & Chip Newell David & Joan Morse Seth Morton Andy Mutch Diane & Paul Napolitan Marguerite Nault Pat & Jim Nelson Mary Lou & Jim Newstead Gail Norstrom David & Mary Otto Michael & Leanne Pander Esta Parrish Deborah Pierce Nancy Prisk Rachel and Joel Reck list as of May 1

Frank & Linda Redman Douglas Reilly Betty H. & J. Theodore Repa Marianne Reynolds Mary Ann Rideout Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ripley Ken & Tudy Russell Judith & Burton Salisbury Leah Sample Michael & Susan Scannon Joanne Sharpe Robert & Eugenia Shepard Jane Sickler Steven Sickler Jean Slocum Earle & Arlene Smith Marcia Soler Diane Spear Tom Staebler Jan Stephens Jeanne Suiter The Topside Inn Jill Tupper Harold & Phyllis Van Siclen Peter & Candy VanAken Joel & Faith Vittori Margaret Voight Miriam Wade Sara Walbridge Rebecca & John Welsh Paul & Sandra Whitehead Jr. Jessie Wilkey Bruce & Jodie Willard David & Margaret Witham Barbara & Bob Young Pat Young Mary Jo & Robert Zimmerli


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2008 Sponsors Without the generosity of our sponsors, the Opera House would be unable to bring a number of programs to the stage, and without our sponsors ticket prices would be higher for many shows. While sponsorship opportunities remain for both summer 2008 and upcoming 2009 events, it is with deepest gratitude that the Opera House Board of Directors extends its gratitude to the many individuals and businesses who stepped up early in 2008 to ensure that this season would be our best yet!

Thank you to our 2008 Sponsors. Our Anonymous Sponsors A Maine Wedding Boothbay Harbor Framers Boothbay Home Builders First Federal Savings The Friends of the Opera House Good N’ You Fuel & Service Dorothy Gregory Downeast Energy Knickerbocker Group Mama D’s Sewall’s Auto Parts The First Thistle Inn Nathaniel Wilson, Sailmaker For information on sponsoring an event, please contact Cathy Sherrill, Managing Director at 207-633-6855. OP E R A H O U S E

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Their precision and excellence come from pure talent and more than 3 decades playing together as musicians. This evening’s performance to include Haydn, Mendelssohn & Dvorak. Tickets $15 at the door. Students free. THE TAFFETAS June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20 7:30 PM A nostalgic trip back to the 1950’s with the 4 musical sisters and their group The Taffetas. If you enjoyed the 2007 production of Forever Plaid, come back to the Opera House for this year’s “sequel.” Directed by Ellie Mooney, Musical Director, Kevin Kiley. Tickets $18 in advance & $22 on the day of the performance. June 14 - JONATHAN EDWARDS 8:00 PM This folk and pop icon has left audienes smiling for decades. After his performance icn March 2007 the Opera House audience requested that we bring back this legend to help get the summer off to a good start. Bring the kids, introduce them to the music of your youth! Opening act: Larry Zarella. Tickets $18 advance & $20 day of show. For additional information on the artist visit Co-sponsored by The First and Downeast Energy.


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June 24 - THE MAGIC OF LYN – Illusionist 7:30 PM The Opera House brings a little magic to the annual Windjammer Days events. America’s premiere female illusionist and magician, Lyn Dillies, has appeared on stages from Hollywood to Las Vegas, has been called terrific by CNN. For more than 20 years Lyn has taken the magic world by storm. Prepare to be amazed by this master of the craft! You won’t be disappointed. Tickets adults $20/under 18 years old $10. Day of show all tickets $25. June 27 - AMERANOUCHE- Gypsy Jazz 7:30 PM This trio brings back the best of Django Reinhardt. An evening of Gypsy jazz in the finest tradition. $12 in advance & $15 on the day of the show. June 28 - TIM SAMPLE – Maine humorist 8:00 PM Boothbay native Tim Sample brings stories told with a Maine twist to the Opera House stage for one night each year. Tonight’s the night. Tickets $18 advance & $22 day of performance.


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July 6 - THE SALINE FIDDLERS 7:30 PM This super talented group of 25 young professional musicians have brought their extraordinary playing to the White House and now they travel from their home in Michigan to the Opera House for an evening of a “fiddle orchestra.� Tickets: Adults $10. Under 18 $5 Day of show

July 9 - AN OPERA HOUSE FUNDRAISER 8:00 PM Jazz and the vocal talents of Horace Grigsby and Marie Bosarge. Sponsored by an anonymous supporter with all proceeds to go to the Opera House Building Fund. Tickets $25 July 11 - NATHAN KOLOSKO & CARL DIMOW 8:00 PM The Kolosko-Dimow duo consists of critically acclaimed guitarist Nathan Kolosko and the eclectic and talented base flutist Carl Dimow. Unique and enchanting, the duo strives to break new ground and eliminate the boundaries between classical music and other genres. Creative. Refined. Tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show. For additional information on the artist visit 2 0 0 8 OPERA HOUSE

July 12 - Comedy with BOB MARLEY 8:00 PM The annual summer appearance of Maine’s funny man is always a sell-out at the Opera House. Mark your calendars now. Presented by Cogee Entertainment. Ticket prices $25. July 23-26 - Indoor/Outdoor – A Comedy 8:00 PM Kenny Finkle’s witty comedy about love and relationships, as seen through the eyes of a hilariously quirky housecat named Samantha and her owner Shuman. Cast for the Opera House by Peter Brown, production manager for the Portland Stage Company. Guaranteed laughs. Tickets $20 advance & $24 day of show. July 30 - THE BOB MITCHELL PICTURE SHOW 7:00 PM Beloved photographer Robert Mitchell brings us all together for an evening of images and stories told from the stage. One night only, this is not an exhibit! Some of Mitchell’s best images projected on screen. No charge, but donations welcomed at the door. August 1 - BLUEGRASS WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS 8:00 PM The Northeast’s superlative veteran string band constantly explores new musical territory without ever losing it’s acoustic and vocal bearings. This 5 piece band fuses together an eclectic mix of traditional roots music, rock, country, soul and gospel with the high, lonesome vocal sound and instruments of bluegrass. Tickets $16 in 2 0 advance & $20 day of show. For additional information on the band visit 0 8


August 8 - MICHAEL JOHNSON 8:00 PM

This much anticipated concert originally scheduled for the summer 2007 was postponed due a last minute change of schedule by the artist. Join us as we celebrate Michael’s return to the Boothbay region. In the years since he last played here he has had hits including This Night Won’t Last Forever, Bluer than Blue and many others. It’s his birthday, bring him a card! Tickets $15 advance & $18 on the day of the performance. August 14 - DANNY BEAL’S DOWNEAST GOODTIME HOUR (and a half) 7:30 PM Danny has long entertained the region and in 2007 put together a variety show with Earl Bigelow and the Holy Mackerals. The crowd said bring ‘em back, so we are. $10 in advance & $13 on the day of the show. Music, stories, fun. August 15 - Storyteller JOHN MCDONALD 8:00 PM Maine radio show host (WGAN), author and story-teller joins us for an evening of tales and laughter. All ages. Ticket prices TBA.


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August 2 - BUTCH THOMPSON 8:00 PM In a career spanning over 40 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. Widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, he continues on the show as a frequent guest. Thompson is known as a leading authority on early jazz and served as a consultant on the 1992 Broadway hit Jelly’s Last Jam. Among Thompson’s many recordings is his acclaimed 10-volume solo series on Daring/Rounder and the 1997 Grammy-winning Verve release Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton. Tickets $20 in advance & $23 on the day of the show. For additional information visit August 6 - TOM RUSH 7:30 PM Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration...a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Don’t miss this evening with this folk legend! 2 Tickets $22 in advance & $26 on the day of the show. 0 0 Sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group. 8


August 22 - NEW BLACK EAGLES JAZZ BAND 8:00 PM These legends never fail to please jazz lovers. The Opera House, thanks to sponsorship from an anonymous donor, is thrilled to be able to bring this dynamic group of jazz musicians back to the stage in 2008. Bring your dancing shoes. $20 advance and $24 on the day of the show. August 30 - LIVINGSTON TAYLOR 8:00 PM This member of the musical Taylor family makes his first appearance at the Opera House this Labor Day Weekend. Whether you have ever been lucky enough to see him perform live come to this show for the music and for the stories. A perfect wrap up to summer 2008. Tickets $20 in advance & $25 on the day of the show. Sponsored by A Maine Wedding. September 13 - ANTONIO LOPEZ classical guitarist 8:00 PM Following his spell-binding performance at the Opera House in 2006, Mexico’s Antonio Lopez has agreed to come back with an entirely new program of classical music, performed on 8-string guitar. Tickets $15 advance & $18 on the day of the performance. A masterclass with this Latin American guitarist extraordinaire is scheduled for September 14. For additional information on the class 2 contact the Opera House at 633-6855. 0 0 8


September 20 - PAUL SULLIVAN 8:00 PM Grammy winner Paul Sullivan returns to the Opera House for an evening of jazz piano and, undoubtedly, a tale or two well told. This internationally renowned musician dazzled the Opera House audience during his last appearance – don’t miss this one. Ticket prices TBA.

September 26 - MAURA O’CONNELL 8:00 PM

From her first recorded appearance as a lead vocalist with the celebrated traditional Celtic group DeDanaan in 1981, to her tenth and latest solo disc, Don’t I Know, the Grammy nominated O’Connell has married an unmistakable deep, rich, flexible voice and her signature talent for finding what’s most potent in the work of a select but broad array of genre-jumping songwriters, to pull the listener right along with her--to the heart of a song. Her first Opera House appearance. Tickets $20 advance & $24 day of show.

October 11 - ELLIS PAUL 8:00 PM

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour, Ellis Paul’s annual visit to the Opera House always brings in an audience. He is the recipient of 13 Boston Music Awards, with more to come. Come in for the first time, or welcome back. Tickets $17 advance & $20 on the day of show. O PER A H O U S E

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October 25 - GEORGE WINSTON 8:00 PM

This Grammy winning pianist, solo, on stage at the Opera House. An evening not to be missed. Tickets $25 advance & 28 day of performance.


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THIS OLD House An old house needs constant attention and the Opera House is no different, just larger than most. Built with pride in 1894, it has served the community well over the last century, but if it is to continue to stand sentential downtown the building requires attention this year. The roof, by best estimates was last replaced in the 1930’s and now needs the two older layers of shingles removed and new roofing shingles installed. We have been advised by the Maine Historic Commission on the type of replacement shingles to be used for historic integrity. The Opera House has been approved to receive a grant from the Community Development Block Grant program to assist with the roof project, but we must raise additional funds to cover the roofing project. It will come as no surprise that the House needs a professional exterior painting job including scraping and sanding and priming the entire building and trim. After much discussion about the historic colors of the building, the Board has decided to keep this great old building yellow and white. We have received a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, but will need additional funds to underwrite the painting expense. Since the Opera House is now filled with programming and classes 12 months a year, the Board has also voted to move ahead with insulating the walls and attic. We hope this will help sustain the exterior paint job, while keeping winter audiences warmer and reducing our cripplingly large heating bill. The doors and windows have been caulked and re-caulked over the years. Weather-stripping has been added by the yards but with little effect. With rain and snow coming in through many of the doors and windows, we moved ahead and replaced the worst offenders during the winter of 2008. Immediately the Opera House became less drafty and drier. We plan to complete the replacement of the windows during the coming months. When finished, the building will have a new roof, new doors and windows, insulation and a new coat of paint, but while well cared for it will look essentially unchanged. The Board is embarking upon these renovations because it is the right thing to do to ensure that the Opera House will be here for future generations. These projects are not grand or opulent, they are necessities – expensive necessities, but required nonetheless. The combined cost of the capital projects is $340,000, with $96,000 raised as of early May. With nearly $250,000 needed, we hope that all those who enjoy this building, the programs within and its history will consider making a financial gift in support of these projects. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 800, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. For additional information contact the office at 633-6855. Thank you. OPERA HOUSE

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VOLUNTEERS Our volunteers continue to be the backbone of the Opera House. Whether helping out in the box office or backstage, as sweepers or poster distributors, gardening or cooking, with carpentry projects or in the lighting booth, designing the summer program or cutting the grass, with mailings or ushering, we simply could not keep such a lively array of productions coming to the stage without the spirited help of our volunteers. Before the close of the year, we will need many more volunteers to keep the House in order, but we are grateful to all those listed below for their tireless assistance to date in 2008. If you are interested in volunteering this year, please speak with any volunteer during the course of the evening or stop in to the Opera Office administrative offices during the week between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or call 633-6855. Linda Allen John Anderson Martha Barrett Donna & Jim Begley Kate Brunnell Susan Endicott Irene & Doug Fowle Brian Howe Kevin Kiley Sarah Koriath Lauri Loftus Morgan Mitchell Susan Morris Melissa Neal Pat Oberuch Darla Parker Mikell & Frank Perry Deborah Ramsey Margaret Tew Michael Tomko Bob Umberfield Arthur Webster

Elise Andersen John Andrews, Sr. Howie Barter Alan Bellows Martha Cowdery Faith Foster Rick Gilde Mid Johnson Gail Koriath Carrie Langlois Michelle Miclette Robert Mitchell Marguerite Nault Paul Noah Peter Panagore Sandy Paxson Danica Ramsey-Brimberg Jeff Rojo Penny Thumith Steve Shema Tricia Warren Bob & Mary Jo Zimmerli


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Welcome to the Opera House Whether this is your first visit or you are a returning friend of the House, thank you for spending the evening with us in this great old building. While summer is upon us, we will not soon forget the many lively evenings spent here this past winter. Performances including the hugely popular evenings of Celtic music with Enter the Haggis and Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, John Doyle and Alasdair Fraser filling the House. The Old Time Opry was again a sell-out with friends and neighbors cheering on the region’s many musicians. Cabaret Nights with Kevin Kiley brought us a little closer to Broadway while Open Mic nights reminded us how much talent there is right here in our community. We also celebrated Mardi Gras, photographer Bob Mitchell shared his images and stories with us, the young players of CLICK presented The Wind in the Willows, Bigelow Lab’s Barney Balch brought his Novel Jazz Septet to the stage, and even legendary rocker J. Geils made an appearance. Caribbean Night with the pulsing sounds of the Pan Fried Steel drum band warmed us while the world premiere of playwright Larry Crane’s Esops & Tender Offers kept us laughing. We had fun this winter – we came together, we laughed, we danced, we sang along at times. And we were grateful that this fine old building weathered another season. The coming months, with a line-up of theater, music, comedy and more listed in the following pages offers a variety of programming. Is it the right mix? What else should we be thinking about bringing to the stage? If you have ideas, please share them with me or the Board of Directors. Our goal is to continue to bring arts programming to this community while preserving the rich history of the building, but it only works well with the input of many. Speaking of input from many, our goal for this summer is to not only bring quality programming to the stage. We also must raise $340,000 for the building. A new roof to replace the 80 year-old shingles, an overdue exterior paint job, insulation and new windows and doors are all on the maintenance list for the year. To protect the building we can no longer defer these projects. This House is your House. Please join me in supporting it in any way that you can. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show, Cathy Sherrill, Managing Director


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