Star Theatre

Fri Dec 19 @ 8:00PM -
Home For The Holidays - Patrick Dorow Productions
Sat Dec 20 @ 3:00PM -
Home For The Holidays - Patrick Dorow Productions
Sat Dec 20 @ 8:00PM -
Home For The Holidays - Patrick Dorow Productions
Sun Dec 21 @ 5:00PM -
Home For The Holidays - Patrick Dorow Productions
Mon Dec 22 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
International Film Noir Series: Asphalt Jungle (United States)
Wed Jan 14 @ 7:00PM -
KCC Lecture Series: Through the Lens of J. Frank Walker
Sat Feb 28 @ 8:00PM -
2nd Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser

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

 

Performances from Patrick Dorow Productions

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December 19-21, 2014

Patrick Dorow Productions is proud to present their 4th annual

Home for the Holidays

– A Seacoast Musical Celebration.  

 

This Seacoast favorite has been moved to the beautiful STAR Theatre in Kittery, ME, expanding from a single performance, to a four performance schedule. 

This year’s show will be the Seacoast's largest Holiday Musical, featuring a cast of over 45 local performers and musicians.

True to a “Broadway production style” with full set, costumes and dance, this high-energy, fast-paced show includes original vocal arrangements and medleys appealing to all ages. Not to be confused with a boring holiday concert, the music is a mix of traditional Holiday standards presented with contemporary flair!

The show takes place in a simpler time with families coming together for an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at a City Loft. So, get your ugly holiday sweater out of mothballs or don your Holiday best and join the festivities. Either way, you are in for a treat!

You may laugh, you may cry, you may sing along with your family and friends, but one thing’s for sure, you will leave the show with the spirit of the holiday season!

This show is family friendly and designed to entertain all ages...and “The man in red” will be making an appearance!

PDP’s Community Focus Program Partner for this production will be Fuel & More. We will be sharing the spotlight to promote and fund raise for this worthy organization. Fuel & More’s mission is to help Kittery residents who cannot afford heat in the winter but are over income for the town’s General Assistance Program.

Fuel N MorePurchase Tickets for Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 19  8:00pm  buy-now 
Saturday, December 20 3:00pm  buy-now
Saturday, December 20  8:00pm buy-now 
Sunday, December 21 5:00pm buy-now

 

Ticket Types Home for the Holidays

December 19th only                     

VIP: $55.00

This ticket includes:

  • VIP reception from 6:30-7:30pm on the Home for the Holidays set
  • Preferred reserved seating.
  • Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.
  • A glass of wine or beer from the bar.
  • Mingle with cast members.

Saturday and Sunday performances only

December 20th 3:00pm

December 20th 8:00pm

December 21st 5:00pm

Specialty couch seating: $40 per seat

Seating will be on the “Home for the Holidays” set!

*Ticket prices do not include service/processing fees.

Be a Host for the OPENING NIGHT VIP RECEPTION ! 

Corporate ADVERTISING PACKAGES AVAILABLE !

Corporate VIP requests should be directed to Diane or Gary  

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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:

December 22 - Asphalt Jungle (United States) - 6pm

Recently released from prison, Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden) concocts a plan to steal $1 million in jewels. Dix gathers a team of small-time crooks, including a safecracker (Anthony Caruso) … Moreand a lawyer (Louis Calhern), and the heist is a success until a stray bullet kills one of the men. As they scramble to pick up the pieces after the theft, the men let their greed get the best of them while entangling themselves in webs of deceit, treachery and murder.
 

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.

 

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FREE Family Movie Day - Frozen

January 10, 2014 - 2pm

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom… More of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.  Concessions will be available.
 

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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. 

 

Epic

FREE Family Movie Day - Epic

January 31, 2014 - 2pm

 
Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried), or M.K., is a headstrong, spirited teenager who has a strained relationship with her father (Jason Sudeikis). She loses patience with her dad's tales of uns… Moreeen people who live in the woods, but when she is magically transported to that mythic realm, she gains new perspective. M.K. joins a race of beings known as the Leafmen in their battle to protect their queen (Beyoncé Knowles) from their enemies, evil Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) and his crew of Boggans.

  

 Performances from Kent Stephens' Stage Force

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Stay tuned for more theater presentations from Stage Force soon. 

 

Morgan Gallery

 

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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