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
Comedy Night Fundraiser
The Kittery Community Center is hosting a comedy night fundraiser in our STAR Theatre consisting of stand-up comedy acts and a silent auction to benefit the Kittery Community Center and Rotary After Hours. Don't miss out on this hilarious night of fun!
Cost: $15 General Admission Ticket and $20 for Table seating
Saturday, May 17th 21+ 8:00-10:00pm
Performances from Kent Stephens' Stage Force
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
A disgraced priest, a sex-hungry widow, a dutiful spinster and a dying poet meet in a remote tropical hotel on a hot Mexican night in the early 1940s and begin a struggle that sets morality, desire, loneliness and hope against each other with quietly explosive results.Reverend Shannon is a priest just short of a nervous breakdown and defrocking, thanks to a perhaps too-honest sermon in his Virginia parish. Now a tour guide for a second-rate travel agency, he is accused of statutory rape of a sixteen year old girl accompanying the group of schoolteachers he is guiding through a bizarre Mexican holiday. He seeks refuge at the cheap jungle hotel managed by old friend Maxine Faulk, a lusty widow with her own ideas of how Shannon should spend the holiday. But the conflicted Shannon is drawn instead towards spinster Hannah Jelkes, a penniless artist accompanying her dying poet grandfather, Nonno, on his final journey.Each of William's indelible characters is isolated, emotionally lost and desperately lonely. As a storm breaks over the run-down hotel, they are thrown together in a series of collisions and conflicts that ultimate reveal the stunning strength of the human spirit and the possibility of grace.Featuring Brian Chamberlain and Christine Penney Visit www.stageforce.org for information on these plays.
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.
Currently Showing in the Morgan Gallery
SILENT ART AUCTION AT THE MORGAN GALLERY TO BENEFIT TRAIP ACADEMY ART STUDENTS
More than 100 beautiful, framed watercolors by Louise Whelton are currently on display in the Morgan Art Gallery at the Kittery Community Center. This special exhibit is a “rolling silent auction” to benefit art students at Traip Academy : after viewing them, the public can place a bid at the Center front desk to purchase any of the works. The auction/exhibit, which opened on April 14, will culminate on May 7 with a final viewing and bidding from 6 to 6:45 pm, after which the public is invited on an “art walk” from the Kittery Community Center to Traip Academy, where the winning bids will be announced.
Kittery Adult Education, which is sponsoring the Whelton exhibit, hopes to raise $6000 to create a scholarship for Traip students interested in pursuing higher education studies in visual art.
While Louise Whelton had a natural talent for art, she attributed her ‘fine tuned’ skills to the years of art lessons she took with Doris Rice of Kittery Adult Education, and Rhonda Mann of Marshwood Adult & Community Education. According to friend Judith Killen, Louise’s art “blossomed” with the coaxing of these instructors, who she considered her mentors. In spring 2013, just prior to her death, Louise demonstrated her appreciation for her instructors by donating her art to Kittery Adult Education. The funds raised by this Silent Art Auction will allow others to further their love of art through college and graduate studies.
Kittery Adult Education is part of statewide system of connected learning programs and centers Kittery to Fort Kent, and offers its classes and programs at Traip Academy, 12 Williams Road.
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.