Star Theatre

 

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 

KCC Lecture Series: An Inside Look at the Mount Washington Observatory

September 17, 2014 - 7pm - FREE

Join Scot Henley, Executive Director of the the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory, and get an intimate look into the workings of this great scientific institution and home to "the world's worst weather."  Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit scientific and educational institution.  It's mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.  In April 1934, observers measured a wind gust of 231mph, which remains the highest wind speed ever observed by man. 

As a youngster in suburban Boston, Scot traveled to the White Mountains on a regular basis with his family to hike, ski and camp.  After attending the University of Utah, Scot moved back to his native New England and settled in the Mount Washington Valley. Scot is a graduate of the Leadership Mt. Washington Valley program, and was named to New Hampshire Magazine's 2010 "It List," which portrays the Granite State's "movers and shakers you should know." In 2013, he was accepted into and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a two-week residential program for nonprofit CEOs from around the world.

Scot serves on the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, and is the Vice President of Express Events.  He has also served as Chairman of New Hampshire Public Radio's Community Advisory Board and Vice President of the Mount Washington Valley Children's Museum. 

 

 

 Performances from Kent Stephens' Stage Force

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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.   

 

Performances from Patrick Dorow Productions

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Morgan Gallery

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

Seacoast Moderns - through August 22nd

The Morgan Gallery in the Kittery Community Center will feature a group show of works by the Seacoast Moderns from May 18 through August 22. The Seacoast Moderns are a group of member artists of the Kittery Art Association whose focus is art that is non-traditional and experimental. The exhibit, curated by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, will feature painting, sculpture, mixed media works, and photography.  

The Seacoast Moderns were founded by Ross Batchelder in 2010 to encourage less traditional artists among the membership of the Kittery Art Association. The group meets monthly to share new artistic ideas, as well as new work, and critique each other.

Artists represented in this diverse show include Adam Baer, Anne Strout, Anne Vaughan, Beth Wittenberg, Bill Moore, Christopher M. Strickland, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Diane Clement, Elaine Mendzela, Jean Coughlin, Jeff Vinciguerra, Jodi Edwards, Karen Camlin, Marilyn Price, Patricia Sevigny-Higgins, Sally Allen, and Steffanie Antonio.

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 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 Jackie Abramian 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.

About Frisbee Common Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center at Kittery’s 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.

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