Star Theatre

Wed Feb 11 @ 7:00PM -
KCC Lecture Series: Author & Illustrator Ryan Higgins
Sat Feb 28 @ 8:00PM -
2nd Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser
Fri Mar 13 @ 8:00PM -
Stageforce Presents: DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS
Sat Mar 14 @ 8:00PM -
Stageforce Presents: DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS
Sun Mar 15 @ 3:00PM -
Stageforce Presents: DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS
Fri Mar 20 @ 8:00PM -
Stageforce Presents: DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS
Sat Mar 21 @ 8:00PM -
Stageforce Presents: DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS

The Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center offers a unique venue for live theatre, music, dance, and other performance events. The newly transformed site offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and retractable seating for 171, making it possible to schedule everything from plays, dance recitals, movie screenings, wedding receptions, bands etc. Additionally, the galleries adjoining the Performing Arts Center offer space for rotating visual art exhibits. Artists interested in submitting proposals for performing event rentals should contact Jeremy Paul at 207-439-3800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are subject to approval by the Arts and Cultural Committee.

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

 
 
 
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KCC Lecture Series:

 Twaddleton's Cheese:  Discover the World of Author & Illustrator Ryan Higgins

February 11, 2015 - 7pm - FREE

As a child, he lived on a diet of cartoons, cheese sandwiches, and climbing trees. At the age of four he decided to become a cartoonist. He's been making his own cartoons ever since and hasn't grown up yet. Ryan is the author of three books, his most recent, Wilfred, was published in 2013. Ryan shares his writing process and illustration methods in this entertaining and family oriented lecture. Autographed copies of his books will be available for purchase.

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 Comedy Night Fundraiser - Featuring Bill Campbell & Mike Donovan

February 28, 2015 - 8pm - $15/GA or $20/Table Seating

Mike Donovan has been a headlining stand-up comedian since the late 1970's. Donovan is also a writer whose articles have been published in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Sports Illustrated. Mike appears regularly at the Comedy Stops at the Sahara Las Vegas and the Tropicana Atlantic City.

Bill Campbell is a seasoned pro. He's a 35-year veteran who has done it all… from comedy clubs to cruise ships to private events to national TV appearances. He hosts his own cable show “Campbell's Comedy Corner” and has developed an acclaimed 90 minute one-man show “A Parenting Story” that articulates the joys and heartaches experienced in raising his 3 children. Bill is a versatile, experienced performer whose family-oriented material has been pleasing audiences from LA to Maine and everything in between.

  Hosted by Kittery's own Tttom Clark, this is a great night full of laughs for an 18+ crowd.  Silent Auction and cash bar will be available.  Benefitting the Kittery Community Center and Rotary After Hours. 

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  In Partnership with the Cocheco Valley Humane Society

 March 13-22, 2015

The loyalty of Labs. The steadfastness of greyhounds. The fierce affection of a Bichon Frise. When it comes to love, no creature shows it like a dog. 

Starting March 13th, STAGE FORCE celebrates all things canine with DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS, a theatrical evening of music, poetry, stories and scenes from contemporary wits to the legends of literature. Learn the true meaning of the exotic dance your terrier does for dinner. Share the burden of policing poop. Find out what your mutt is really thinking when he watches you make love. 

A you’ll-laugh-you’ll-cry piece in the tradition of STAGE FORCE’s annual RAGPICKER’s DREAM presentation, DOGS is a joyful romp through the whole of what a dog’s life means to us – and what ours means to them – from clowning to companionship, from grief to the hope for a better life. 

Produced in partnership with the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, performances of DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS will be introduced with help from featured rescue dogs, and those interested in adopting will be able to meet eligible pups-in-need on the Kittery Community Center grounds during the run. 

DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS features the talents of Jamie Bradley, Christine Dulong, Andy Fling, CJ Lewis, Jessica Miller, and Ryan Salvato, with original music by CJ Lewis. 

Purchase Tickets for DOGS AND LESSER MORTALS

If you would like free tickets for children between the ages of 8 and 12, click here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicate the number of children's tickets you are requesting to be bundled with your reservation, and Stage Force will contact you directly to set them up.

Friday, March 13 8:00pm  $25  buy now 
Saturday, March 14 8:00pm $30 buy now 
Sunday, March 15 3:00pm $30 buy now
Friday, March 20 8:00pm $25 buy now 
Saturday, March 21 8:00pm $30 buy now
Sunday, March 22 3:00pm $30 buy now

 A reminder to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in free tickets for children ages 8-12.

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KCC Lecture Series:  Fraternally Yours

March 25, 2015 - 7pm - FREE

Since 1873, Kittery has had a number of fraternities. This presentation covers the rich and sometimes controversial history of these groups. Learn about the Odd Fellows, Masons, Knights of Pythias, Improved Order of Red Men, KKK, and the Knights of Columbus. Researched from fraternal books, newspaper articles, Maine historical archives and Rice library sources; it is a collage of pictures, names and events from the 1870’s to present day.

Donald G. Hands is a member of the Kittery Historical & Naval Society and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historical Foundation. He has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and applies his knowledge and skills to this entertaining and informative presentation.   He lives in Kittery with his wife; Susan, their three cats and a dog.

 

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April 17-26, 2015

The pop-culture phenomenon about the legendary New York High School of the Performing Arts lives forever.

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film & television franchise, Fame - The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva, this high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.

The show follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission to their graduation. All of the struggles, fears, and triumphs - from prejudice to substance abuse are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance.


 

 

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Now showing: Traip Academy Visual Arts - Student Art Display

Traip Academy aims to promote engagement in the visual arts by offering a variety of art courses that emphasize the strengths and interests of every student. Traip offers traditional courses such as Art Fundamentals, Drawing, Painting, and Pottery, as well as more unconventional courses like Mixed Media and Stained Glass. I see the art curricula as a critical aspect of a student’s education and a venue for promoting confidence and self-esteem that has the potential to positively affect the students lives both within and beyond the school setting. My content based approach to art education aims at promoting visual literacy, as well as the development of artistic skills and techniques, through teaching students about various historical and cross-cultural art forms and artists. Many of my art units teach specific skills and concepts, while simultaneously promoting student choice as they are encouraged to draw upon their own unique interests and experiences. Through teaching art, I hope to help students identify the many ways in which art can be used to make a powerful difference in the world.

 

Collaborative and interdisciplinary learning opportunities form the basis of my approach to teaching art. For example, the large-scale Sharpie collaboration on display at KCC has easily been one of the most successful and popular projects completed by my art students this quarter. The mural is influenced by the political narrative work of the Beehive Collective, a grassroots organization located in Maine. Drawing I students began the process by brainstorming a theme for their mural, settling on “coexistence”.  I then broke students into collaborative groups of four-five students. In each group I tried to combine big picture thinkers with more detail-oriented minds. As they worked, students were encouraged to think about how their panel of the mural would eventually connect to the others. About once or twice every class, we would put all of the panels together and work on connecting them. Throughout every class period, each group would take on the responsibility of communicating with one another in order to connect their work. The goal was not to have four separate artworks, but one unified mural.

 

Throughout the lesson, many 21st century learning skills were reinforced. Students developed critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, as well as an understanding of the importance of communication and collaboration. Perseverance and Resiliency was crucial to the success of the mural, as they were required to constantly problem solve in order to fix mistakes. Students came to understand the artistic process as constantly evolving and developing. This lesson taught students the importance of hard work, critical thinking, perseverance, communication, and collaboration.

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!   

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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. 

                            

 

Call to Artists

Local Visual Artists Invited to Submit Proposals

The Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common, the newly renovated center and performing arts space, invites local visual artists to submit proposals for review.

Located at 120 Rogers Road (Old Frisbee School) in Kittery, ME, the newly renovated community center offers a state-of-the-art performing center and arts exhibition space available for artists. The proposals will be reviewed by the Arts & Culture Committee responsible for curating the performance center’s programming. The Committee plans to schedule an ongoing series of month-long art exhibits at the KCC to showcase artists from the greater Kittery community and provide regional artists a brand new artistic venue.

Designated areas for the art exhibits are prominently located at the entrance to the Star Theatre and may expand to additional spaces. Selected artists will be scheduled for month-long exhibits of solo or group shows.

Professional artists are encouraged to submit 20 jpeg images, artist statement and resume to A&C committee member Jean Lincoln at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All works will be reviewed and juried by an ad-hoc subcommittee of the Arts and Culture Committee.

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