Theatre Seat Fundraiser
Sponsor a seat in the theatre. For $200 per seat, a plaque with your name on it will be displayed on one of the theatre seats. Proceeds go directly to fund the enhancement of the theatre. Call (207) 439-3800 for more information.
Upcoming Presentations in the Star Theatre
R.W. Traip Academy Dramatic Arts Proudly Presents:
Once Upon A Mattress
November 14 & 15, 2014 - 7pm
Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. Performed by the Traip Academy Dramatic Arts. Tickets available at Traip Academy starting November 10th or at the door the day of the performance. Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions available.
KCC Lecture Series: Guardians of the Piscataqua - Whaleback & Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses
November 19, 2014 - 7pm - FREE
Come to the Kittery Community Center to learn about on the past, present, and future of two local maritime icons: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Whaleback Lighthouse. This multimedia presentation will feature historic images, modern day photos, and video clips, focusing on the rich human history of these sites and their keepers — a legacy that stretches back to before the American Revolution.Also discussed will be the efforts of today’s keepers, the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses (a chapter of the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation), to preserve the past.
The presenter will be Jeremy D’Entremont, operations manager of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation, and author of more than a dozen books on lighthouses and maritime history.
International Film Noir Series
Film Noir is a French term created by Nino Frank in 1946 who began to write about this trend in film as a major theme in its development. Hollywood, up until then had dominated the film industry and during the war had given the world the sunny, upbeat musicals of Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and many others But then, probably inevitably, filmmakers turned their Post-war fears into the dark, frequently depressing plots of murder and betrayal. We had won the war, but were left with the threat of nuclear annihilation and that was anxiety provoking. Frank summed it up by saying “Classic film noir developed during and after World War II,. It was a style of black and white American films that first evolved in the 1940s, became prominent in the post-war era, and lasted in a classic "Golden Age" period until about 1960 (marked by the 'last' film of the classic film noir era, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil ).”
Film is a language of the world and each country’s character and culture is inevitably embedded in their films, so this series of six film noir films will explore the characteristics that create the noir genre as well as how their themes reflect the society of the country of their origin. This series of six films, with attendant discussion, will run on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:
November 17 - Witness for the Prosecution (Britain)
Billy Wilder directed this film, based on Agatha Christie's suspense masterpiece. Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney. Starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton.
November 24 - Puple Noon (France)
December 1 - Gomorrah (Italy)
December 8 - Rashomon (Japan)
December 15 - Virgin Spring (Sweden)
December 22 - Asphalt Jungle (United States)
Leading this series is Carol Glaser who is a retired English/Drama teacher with a varied background. Before retiring, in 1989, as a teacher from Syosset High School on Long Island, she taught at C. W. Post College as well. She was Assistant Metropolitan Editor of the New York Herald Tribune, for eight years, until its close in 1966. Before that she managed a graphic arts firm in New York.
She helped launch the film program and was film critic for the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, from 1991 to 1994. Her reviews ran in the Portsmouth Herald during that time which were written to help build interest and attendance at this program. She has run film discussion groups at the Rye Public Library and the Portsmouth Public Library and currently leads long standing, film discussion groups from her home.
FREE Family Movie Day - The Lego Movie
November 22, 2014 - 2pm
KCC Lecture Series: An Evening with Mary Ann Esposito
December 3, 2014 - 7pm - FREE
Authenticity, history, tradition.
Those three words define Mary Ann Esposito and the signature cooking style that has made her one of America's most loved television chefs.
As the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito™, she has brought those values to millions of Americans. This year, the series celebrates its milestone 25th season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history.
Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs including The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fox, Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International, The Victory Garden, Simply Ming, and so many others!), she has been able to share traditional Italian cooking with audiences around the world.
Mary Ann has worked beside world-renowned chefs like Julia Child, Todd English, Daisy Martinez, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan, and countless others who share the same passion for cooking. Mary Ann is also the author of 12 cookbooks. Her most recent, Ciao Italia Family Classics.
Come share stories of her career in cooking and television in the STAR Theatre.
FREE Family Movie Day - Frozen
January 10, 2014 - 2pm
KCC Lecture Series: Through the Lens of J. Frank Walker
January 14, 2015 - 7pm - FREE
Much of Kittery's visual history would be lost without the photography of J Frank Walker, this presentation includes over 150 photos of Kittery around 1900. Walker provides a look at what life was like back in the day from the Foreside, to the Piscataqua, the Shipyard, Kittery Point, and beyond. These pictures are a treasure meant to be shared today. Presented by Kim Sanborn of the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum.
Performances from Patrick Dorow Productions
Stay tuned for more theater presentations from PDP soon.
Performances from Kent Stephens' Stage Force
Stay tuned for more theater presentations from Stage Force soon.
Now showing: "In, On and Around the Water" - Photography by Betsy Wish
Photographer Betsy Wish renewed an old friendship with her camera since moving to the Seacoast 8 years ago. Her camera has accompanied her on trips our West, to Alaska, to the Galapagos, and most recently, to Tuscany. However, she found her favorite place to photograph is right here in Kittery while taking walks, snow shoeing and kayaking.
Betsy grew up in a home with a dark room in the basement and her and her siblings learned to appreciate the value of photographs as more than "just pictures." When her children were young, they were her focus. While teaching elementary school art in Andover, MA, her students and their artwork were her favorite subjects. Now retired, her current focus tends to be on local historical sites, the Blue Heron and Cormorant, the fog, and of course lobster boats. Her showing, "In, On and Around the Water" opens in the Morgan Gallery in October.
The Morgan Gallery, at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common, is made possible through a generous donation by the Morgan Family of Kittery, ME. The gallery space is prominently located by the STAR THEATRE and provides a new venue for showcasing works by visual artists. The KCC Arts and Culture Committee is responsible for curating the programming and schedules an ongoing series of art exhibits to showcase visual artists. Professional artists are encouraged to submit works for review for future exhibits. All works are reviewed and juried by a sub-committee of the Arts and Culture committee.
Weddings and Special Events
Whether you are looking to reserve a wedding and/or reception, birthday party, shower, memorial service, business conference or banquet, the KCC is the place for you!Our newly renovated 55,000 square foot building has a multitude of options for your function. A full-size gymnasium for major business conferences; a 200-person capacity STAR Theatre; a 60-person capacity Community room; small meeting rooms for up to 30 people...we have your event space covered! Also available is a commercial kitchen for rent, or we can suggest a local caterer for all your food and beverage needs.Utilize the state-of-the-art sound and lighting in the STAR Theatre. Project a movie or video onto the new 20' x 30' movie screen. Use the free, building-wide wi-fi for your presentations. Plus, we have plenty of parking and are easily accessible from I-95!
REGION WELCOMES A NEW STAR
The Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common has announced the name STAR THEATRE for its new 2,500 square foot performing arts center. The newly transformed space offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and retractable seating for 171. The theatre is incorporated into the Community Center's overall 55,000 square foot renovation of the former c.1940 Frisbee School. The beautiful high brick space offers a unique venue to the surrounding region for a wide range of activities from live theatre, music & dance to movie screenings, weddings and community meetings. Galleries adjacent to the theatre offer space for visual arts exhibitions.The STAR THEATRE name recognizes the generosity of the lead donor to the project - the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation - a family foundation based in New York's Hudson River Valley. Ogden Foundation trustee and Kittery Point resident, Peter Lamb, commented, "The family owned and operated Star Expansion Industries for nearly a hundred years. We have a long history of supporting the arts and community based projects that encourage the creative economy and environmental stewardship. This project renovated a terrific old building, aggregates many community activities under one roof and is adjacent to the Spruce Creek watershed." Funding to fully outfit the theatre came from dozens of individuals, businesses and organizations and totaled nearly $150,000. The Ogden Foundation partnered with the Maine Community Foundation to issue a challenge matching grant to encourage additional contributors. "It's great to see so many who now have a stake in the ongoing success of the Community Center!" Lamb continued.The Kittery Community Center is quickly becoming known for its high quality programs including sports, child care, youth & adult programming, community events, dance and fitness. Center Director Janice Grady added, "STAR THEATRE has given us an important arts component to the overall Community Center mission. It enables us to reach out to the surrounding region and build on Kittery's growing reputation as a cultural destination. We are very grateful to the many donors who have made this all possible. And, It's fun to recognize the support of the Ogden Foundation in this way, because everyone loves a Star!"For more information on STAR THEATRE contact the Community Center at (207) 439-3800.