Community Bulletin Board

Physical Character Intensive Workshop with Michael Trautman

Join Michael Trautman for a dynamic dip into the physicality of acting.

June 22nd, 10am-1pm 
Acorn Studio, 528 Main St. South Portland
Register Here
This workshop is intended to teach participants how to discover and develop strong, consistent physical characters, and how to use them in performance. The foundation of this work lies in the study of MIME, the use of the body to communicate. Anyone wishing to communicate with another living being already possesses a fundamental understanding of body language. The task is to become more aware of it, and to use that language intentionally and purposefully. The shape of the body, the speed of movement, the imitation of another person or animal gives us specific character traits. Understanding how to mold that information will help performers create character. Students in this workshop will be required to play, have fun, and be open to discovery. 

Youth Opportunity: Join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team

Youth leaders currently in 9-12th grade are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019, to join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education. 

The Summit brings together youth, ages 13-24, from across the country to share their artistry; participate in workshops on topics such as leadership, racial equity, and arts entrepreneurship; and organize towards a collective call to action. It is a program of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. 

Questions: Contact Ashley Hare, National CYD Coordinator

Apply by June 3: Click here 

About the CYD National Partnership: The Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership aims to ensure that CYD is broadly implemented, well researched, and equitably-funded practice and available to all youth so they may thrive.

DaPonte String Quartet High School Workshop

Join the DaPonte String Quartet for a three-day weekend of musical camaraderie dedicated to enhancing your understanding of the great works of the string chamber music literature and perfecting your playing and ensemble skills, all while enjoying this gorgeous Mid-Coast Maine lakefront setting.
This three-day workshop is offered tuition-free to high school string players from Maine and beyond.
“The workshop was intensive and rewarding… a wonderful experience.  The location was beautiful, the food was great, but the best part was the opportunity to learn from world-class performers.” –Callie, 16
Dates: Sept. 20-22, 2019
Fee (includes all meals): Free.
Financial assistance: Help with travel costs are available for out-of-state applicants
Enrollment limit: 20
Venue: Camp Wavus, Jefferson, Maine
Lodging and meals: Included
Open to: Students of high school age at start of workshop, who demonstrate proficiency on their instrument. Audition and letter of recommendation required.
Deadline: June 15, 2019
Video: Click here for a look at a previous workshop.

Click here to apply!


Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra presents “Voyages: Music of Maine from Across the Sea”

TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra presents, “Voyages: Music of Maine from Across the Sea,” featuring the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Award-Winning Irish Fiddler, Seán Heely as guest artist Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Grand in Ellsworth. He has been praised for his soulful playing and breathing new life into ancient Celtic traditions. Heely is also a singer in the folk style and some of his repertoire includes songs in Scots Gaelic. Guitarist Jeff Morgan will be joining Sean in music from Scotland, Puirt a beul and waulking songs, pipe tunes, ballads, Irish immigration song and tunes, plus a song in Irish – An Spailpin Fanach. Michael Marion and his singing group will lead a rousing sea shanty in an audience sing along. You will even hear the great Highland pipes paying tribute to our Scottish heritage with TEMPO. A gallery of Maine immigrants from Scotland and Ireland will be on display in the lobby of The Grand. Partial funding is provided by the Maine Humanities Council.

TEMPO, under the direction of Rebecca Edmondson and Ethan Edmondson, is celebrating its tenth year and is comprised of 30+ inspired musicians of all ages. TEMPO serves the cultural life of mid-coast, central, and Downeast Maine. Bringing generations together with music, TEMPO provides quality entertainment and education to both the musicians and audience. All are welcome to join – to test their skill, knowledge, and ability against a varying array of challenging and exciting music.

For information about TEMPO: 266-3662 or

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Performance: Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Grand in Ellsworth.

For information about The Grand: 667-9500

Ticket Price: $13/Adults/Seniors, $5/Students (15 and under)