Since the reopening in 1975 there have been community theater groups who have called The Grand home starting with Harris Strong and his band of friends. Over the Years the Grand has been known for it’s ever increasing quality of performances utilizing local talent for all it’s production needs such as directors, actors, technical crew and musicians. Our dedication to the performing arts drives us to push the limits of community theater, encouraging our performers to new heights and our abilities to the limits. This drive has produced excellent shows such as Beauty & the Beast, Clue the Musical, Evita, Full Monty, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon and many many more through the years.
Getting involved is easy! We hold Auditions that are open to all if you wish to play a part. We have a technical crew to run set’s, lighting, sound and even projection. There are opportunities to play as a musician in the pit orchestra as well. All levels of experience are welcome and there are many opportunities to learn as well. If you are interested in performing onstage or in the pit please contact our Operations Manager firstname.lastname@example.org. For interest in the technical side of community theater please contact our Technical Director email@example.com.
Other Downeast Community Theater Companies
Acadia Community Theater
Operates on Mount Desert Island performing in multiple venues. Participation is not restricted to residents in fact many come from the Ellsworth & Trenton area. Typically 2 shows a year, a Christmas show at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor and a Spring Musical at MDI High School.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine
This group performs G&S opera’s exclusively. No auditions are needed to be in the chorus and this group has children included in all productions starting generally at the age of 8. Rehearsals typically start beginning of October, once a week until Christmas, then intensifying on weekends to perform in the beginning of February. Traditionally performances are at the Grand Theater.
Ten Bucks Theater
Ten Bucks Theater Company is the Bangor area’s only acting ensemble. TBT produces 3 shows yearly, including summer Shakespeare, and in addition an annual 24-Hour New Play Festival every fall. Members contribute to the artistic and business workings of the company and bring considerable expertise based on local, academic, and professional theatrical experience.
Bucksport Community Theater
Performing in the new Performing Arts Center located at the Bucksport Middle School this group usually produces one musical each year mainly in the early summer.
Harborside Shakespeare Co.
The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) is a community driven, nonprofit theatre company which seeks to keep the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights relevant and accessible to contemporary audiences throughout Downeast Maine. A summer tour of their productions tours around and has been coming to the Grand although they are based on Mount Desert Island.
New Surry Theater
This company performs musicals and straight plays throughout the year. a strong mix of local talent both in the casts and the production team make for wonderful shows as well as a school to better ones acting skills taught by skilled professionals. Blue Hill’s town hall has been converted into a theater recognizing the importance of this group in the town community.
Bangor Community Theater
Bangor Community Theatre (BCT), formed in the early 1950s as Bangor Civic Theatre, began with a group of seven individuals who brought their talent and love of theatre together. For many years, the group successfully produced dramatic plays such as “Lion in Winter” and “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and in conjunction with the Bangor Savoyards, with whom they merged in 1969, produced many successful musicals.
BCT is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose membership is open to all who are interested in any area of theatre whether it be producing, directing, acting, singing, dancing, set construction and design, or creating costumes.
Lamoine Community Arts
A performing group of all ages that is based in Lamoine. Small performances occur year round in this close community.
Next Generation Theater
This theater is for children who wish to enrich their performance life year round. While they do have a summer theater camp they operate year round to expand and improve the visual and performing arts education for students. This group acts to supplement, not compete with local schools in their education efforts which has been well received and supported by the community.