Star Theatre

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The STAR Theatre offers a unique venue for live theatre, performance events, lectures, trainings, workshops, and movies.  This theatre offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, a 20' x 30' movie screen with HD projector and retractable seating for 171, making it possible to schedule everything from plays, dance recitals and movie screenings to wedding receptions, concerts and lectures. 

 

Upcoming Presentations in the STAR Theatre

 

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Tuesdays, July 7 & 28 and August 18 - 6:30-8:00pm - Frisbee Common - FREE

Join us for an evening full of music and fun at Frisbee Common!  Bring blankets or chairs to relax and enjoy the music.  In the event of rain, concerts will be moved indoors to the STAR Theatre.

July 7:  Freight Train

A collection of seasoned musicians based in the Southern Maine and the Northern New Hampshire Seacoast, playing hard-driving (like a freight train) versions of rock classics primarily from the 60s to the present. Their song list includes songs by ZZ Top, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Ramones, T. Rex, The Violent Femmes, and Santana to name just a few. Freight Train plays venues and events large and small in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

July 28:  New Legacy Swing Band

With the velvet quality of five saxophones, the brilliance of six brass and one of the region's most experienced rhythm sections, the New Legacy Swing Band recreates the great swing classic sounds of the Big Band Era.   Add to this the sultry voice of their own 'jazz singer' and you've got the most versatile swing sound on the Seacoast.  Their extensive repertoire of over 600 songs is sure to accommodate even the most discriminating ballroom dancer.  They play swing, dance, latin, polka, waltzes as well as those room-filling big band tunes that get your blood pumping!

August 18:  The Sixties Invasion

'60s Invasion is a show band featuring music of the 1960's. You will see tributes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, or Roy Orbison in costume. You may also experiece the band performing ten to fifteen minute segments about TV of the Sixies, with music and trivia from television shows of the sixties or the band might play hits from that have a connection with the seasons; fall, winter, spring, and summer. 

 

  

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Rice Public Library Presents:  Tess Gerritsen

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - 6pm - Free

American best-selling novelist Tess Gerritsen will talk about her career and the Rizzoli & Isles series.  She will also be available to sign books that River Run Bookstore will have for purchase.  Registration is required.  Please call 207-439-1553 to register or for more information. www.rice.lib.me.us

 

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STAR Theatre Free Lecture Series:  Author, Historian & Politician Neil Rolde

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7pm - Free

 

Author/Statesman Neil Rolde has written a work of fiction focused on his experiences titled: Real Political Tales: Short Stories by a Veteran Politician.  Neil will give a talk about the book, answer questions and sign copies for people to purchase. 

Mr. Rolde’s many years of public service include being an assistant to Governor Kenneth M. Curtis of Maine for six years and 16 years as an elected Representative in the Maine Legislature. He represented his district of York, Maine and became Majority Leader of the Maine House during the 107th legislature from 1975-77. He became the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 1990 in an election bid against Bill Cohen.

Rolde has won awards for his books from the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the Maine Humanities Council.  Real Political Tales: Short Stories by a Veteran Politician is Neil’s second fictional work.

 

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Mayer Kirby Mayer Acoustic Group with guest Gary Green

Friday, September 11th, 2015 - 7:30pm - $25

The Mayer, Kirby, Mayer Acoustic Group is performing at the Star Theater in Kittery on September 11th. Singer-songwriters Peter Mayer and Scott Kirby met in 1991 and began a long musical friendship that includes co-writing, performing, and recording. Since 2013, Peter son's Brendan has joined his father and Kirby on their annual east coast acoustic tour that takes them from Maine to North Carolina.

Peter Mayer has released a dozen of his own albums while holding down his longtime job as lead guitarist and songwriting collaborator in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. New Hampshire native Scott Kirby, who has released seven CDs, tours the United States May through October and in winter performs regularly at the Smokin' Tuna Saloon in Key West. Brendan Mayer recently released his first CD, Getaway Car. He spent much of 2014 touring with Jimmy Buffett as the featured guest artist each night.

And this year, the group is accompanied by virtuoso harmonica player Gary Green, another New Hampshire native and the winner of several national and international competitions.

Purchase Tickets

 Friday, September 11     7:30pm      $25    buy now  

 

 

Best In State Show 

New England Music Awards "Best In State" Show

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 - 7:00pm - $16

Join us for an amazing night of Americana/Folk /Jazz music, with three 2015 New England Music Awards winning artists!

Featuring: Hilton Park (Winner, Best In State: Maine), Gretchen & the Pickpockets (winner, Best In State: New Hampshire), The Meadows Brothers (Winner, Best In State: Connecticut)

Emceed by New England Music Awards co-founder Joe Graham, and Granite Coast Entertainment

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The New England Music Awards took place on April 18, 2015 at Showcase Live in Foxboro Mass.  Thousands of bands from all over New England were reviewed by a nominating committee and chosen as nominees for various awards.  Winners were decided by online voting.  In addition to the genre-specific awards, there were six "Best In State" awards, which highlighted the best acts in each New England state across all musical genres.  Three of the "Best In State" winners have teamed up to perform a series of shows together.  The shows will be supported and emceed by Granite Coast Entertainment, the main sponsor of the New England Music Awards.

Hilton Park:  Hailing from Southern Maine, HILTON PARK is known in the Northeastern U.S. for earthy, emotionally expressive and superbly crafted Americana, Folk & Blues. Combining veteran musical & songwriting skill with teen prodigy, father/son team Bruce and Conor Hilton and family friend Gregg Pannier explore intimate musical textures with their sophomore release “Strings”, which is currently being added to Americana radio playlists across the U.S. And in Europe.  The HILTON PARK sound is authentic and endearingly classic, with enough modern grit to captivate today’s audience. Stylish and confident 3-part vocal harmonies fill the repertoire, combining the ‘blood harmony’ only heard in family acts (from the Everly Brothers to the Avett Brothers) with a melodic skill often compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash. 

“Hilton Park has made quite a name for itself in the circles of acoustic music. Their originals ring out in every note with pop brightness, harmonic finesse, and within the framework of good song craft….Hilton Park just might be the beginning of a huge music scene trend gaining more mainstream appeal.” 

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Gretchen & The Pickpockets:  Since banding together at the University of New Hampshire over a mutual love of jazz, soul and rock and roll, Gretchen & The Pickpockets have performed all over the United States. Named after a hometown road with a history for larceny, the group quickly gained attention with their uniquely polished blend of genres and energetic live shows. After becoming a global finalist in the Hard Rock Rising competition and garnering nominations for best song and favorite act at the Seacoast Spotlight Awards, the band released their eponymous debut album and toured across the country to promote it. With their album used as a soundtrack for the award winning web series “Staying in Boston,” G&P won best theme song at LA Webfest 2015. 

This is one of the most promising young bands on the Seacoast, and (I seem to say this a lot – which is testament to the quality that exists here … ) one of the most promising young bands in existence today. Anywhere. Big on rock, big on soul, big on fun. Those are the keys to an excellent band, and an excellent record.

— Christopher Hislop, Seacoast Online

The Meadows Brothers:  Ian and Dustin Meadows have been playing music together for most of their lives. In 2011, they made the decision to leave the band they were playing in, and strike out on their own as a duo. Their distinct brand of roots music draws inspiration from a huge list of influences; combining Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock n’ roll into what The Boston Globe calls “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.”  The brothers’ original songs; which they typically write together, have been praised for their emotive, relatable lyrics and memorable hooks. Several of their tunes have won awards, and been covered by international acts. 

"Ian and Dustin Meadows are jack-of-all-trades instrumentalists who have come together to create a truly amazing musical experience.  Their sound is a throwback to all of the great folk/country/bluegrass/blues that was kicking around both prior to and shortly after World War II, as well as the great folk revival of the 60’s.  Oh, did we mention they aren’t even old enough to drink yet?"

 - CHIP MCCABE, -- LONESOME NOISE

Granite Coast Entertainment:  GCE's focus is on promoting independent music from all six New England states through our online radio stations and top quality, full color magazine, but also features some of New England’s well known national acts. Granite Coast Magazine is a free, quarterly publication with special editions, while the three online radio stations cover genres from Americana to metal, while also promoting New England’s vast sports scene. The company also promotes local businesses and events through both media sources. Granite Coast Entertainment recognizes the enormous amount of talent in the New England area. We provide a professional, high quality, multi-platform vehicle to local, independent artists and business owners, giving them global exposure. 

 

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STAR Theatre Free Lecture Series:  Kittery's Men & Women Who Won World War II by James R. Lawson

Three Part Series - Wednesdays, October 7, 14 & 21, 2015 - 7pm - Free

James R. Lawson presents a three-part series on how the service men and women of Kittery helped win the greatest war on Earth. 

October 7th - "Kittery's Airmen and Women of World War II" - Many of Kittery's airmen and women fought in the European air war against Germany and Italy for two solid years before the first American Army Infantry boot landed on European soil.  During the same time, Kittery airmen and women were fighting the enemy in the Pacific.  Kittery's Airmen and Women will be identified and honored.

October 14th - "Kittery's Secret Warriors of World War II" - This takes you into the "Top Secret" world of spying on America's enemies in Europe and the Pacific.  Much of what you will hear and see was maintained in secret files, until recently.  This is the story of how their spying operations provided our forces with top secret intelligence that helped to win World War II.  Kittery's Secret Warriors will be identified and honored.

October 21st - "Kittery's Warriors of World War II, Battle of the Atlantic" - This provides a view of the battles that took place on the American Atlantic coast over the period of January 1942 until May 1945.  Many of the facts concerning the "Battle of the Atlantic," have recently become available and this history tells a riveting story of how America almost lost World War II.  Many from Kittery were engaged in the Atlantic Ocean War and some died.  Kittery itself was also a part of the Battle of the Atlantic.  Kittery's Warriors will be identified and honored.

James R. Lawson is a resident of Kittery Point and has been a part of the community for more than 45 years.  He is a recently retired Physical Scientist and a member of the Kittery Historical and Naval Society, a charter member of The Friends of Fort McClary and a member of The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.  He has conducted in-depth studies of American military history and is a Genealogist.  

 

 

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November 13-22, 2015  

“We’re going to play for your soul and I’m going to win, and you’re coming through the old hole in the wall with me tonight.”

It’s Christmas Eve. Sharky, a down-on-his-luck drunk, is making one last attempt to straighten out. He’s returned home to take care of his older brother Richard, an irascible alcoholic recently blinded by a nose dive into a Dumpster. Richard is determined to spend the holiday getting sloshed and playing poker with his degenerate mates, but the stakes at this game will be higher than Sharky could possibly imagine. Joining them at the table are Richard’s myopic sidekick, Ivan, and Nicky, the glib local boy who’s taken up with Sharky’s ex-wife. But Nicky has brought along a stranger: the mysterious and elegant Mr. Lockhart.

Sharky played Lockhart before, while locked in Bridewell gaol after the violent death of a local vagrant. There, he won his freedom, but Lockhart has returned for a promised rematch. The game could be Sharky’s last chance at redemption – or see him lost to an eternity of boundless torment. THE SEAFARER is a wickedly funny Faustian Christmas Carol, a haunting comedy about falling and redemption.

“Mr. McPherson is considering the impenetrable, scary mystery that is being alive and the blundering ways that poor humans deal with it.”  - New York Times 

Purchase Tickets for The Seafarer

Friday, November 13    7:30pm $30     buy now
Saturday, November 14     8:00pm  $30  buy now
Sunday, November 15    3:00pm $25  buy now
Friday, November 20    7:30pm $30  buy now
Saturday, November 21    8:00pm $30  buy now
Sunday, November 22    3:00pm $25  buy now

 

 

Into the Woods

Threshold Stage Company Presents:  Into The Woods

December 4-13, 2015 - $25 for all shows

An epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

Immerse yourself in the woods in this innovative production of one of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s most popular works. Everyone’s beloved storybook characters come together in this

timeless yet relevant piece. Join us this holiday season for this modern classic musical starring many of the area’s favorite performers.

Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 5th at 8:00pm

Sunday, December 6th at 3:00pm

Friday, December 11th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 12th at 8:00pm

Sunday, December 13th at 3:00pm

 

Tickets available for purchase soon.

 

 

 

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Patrick Dorow Productions Presents:  Home For the Holidays

December 18, 19 & 20, 2015 - $30/adults, $25/seniors (60+), $20/students

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!

This show is family friendly and designed to entertain all ages. 

Friday, December 18th at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 19th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, December 20th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

 

Tickets available for purchase soon.

 

 

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STAR Theatre Free Lecture Series:  Bob Crowley:  Winning with Attitude & Alliances

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 7pm - Free

The South Portland native and retired high school physics teacher won the 17th season of the hit reality show "Survivor', and at 57, became the oldest winner in the show's history.  Bob will speak on his time on the show and in the wild.  Crowley will discuss how the importance of teamwork, developing real-life alliances and overcoming challenges helped him to outlast 39 days in the jungle of Gabon and win “Survivor”.  He will also speak on his life in Maine and be available to sign copies of his book, "Making Waves:  The Stories of Maine's Bob Crowley." 

 

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Patrick Dorow Productions Presents:  Smokey Joe's Cafe

February 12-28, 2016 - $30/adults, $25/seniors (60+), $20/students

A musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

There are novelty songs ("Charlie Brown"), romantic ballads ("Spanish Harlem"), and infectious melodies ("There Goes My Baby").  Other hits include:  "Kansas City," "Love Me," "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Loving You," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stand By Me."

Friday, February 12th at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 13th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, February 14th at 5:00pm

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00pm (Teen Version)

Friday, February 19th at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 20th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, February 21st at 5:00pm

Thursday, February 25th at 7:00pm (Teen Version)

Friday, February 26th at 8:00pm

Saturday, February 27th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, February 28th at 5:00pm

 

Tickets available for purchase soon.

 

 

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STAR Theatre Free Lecture Series:

  "The Fortunate Explorer: Off the Beaten Path from Alaska to Kathmandu" with Travel Writer Dan Szczesny

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 7pm - Free

How comfortable are you with discomfort?  What lengths are you willing to go to in order to explore the world as more than just a tourist?

This talk and slide show will cover the life of a travel writer, from places as exotic as Kathmandu to our own backyard in Quebec City.  Along the way catch salmon in Alaska, hike to a hidden waterfall inside the Grand Canyon, visit one of the world's biggest Buddas in Hong Kong and trek across England.  Dan's books will be available for purchase and for him to sign after the lecture. 

Dan Szczesnyis the associate publisher of The Hippo, New Hampshire’s largest weekly newspaper, based in Manchester. An avid New England hiker and member of the AMC’s 4,000-footer club, Dan was married atop Mt. Lafayette.  He also traveled to Nepal and trekked to Everest Base Camp. 

 


 

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Morgan Gallery

 

Showing through September:

KAA

Kittery Art Association 5x5 Exhibit

Five artists, five pieces per artist, one show.  Join us in the Morgan Gallery July 6 through September 30, 2015 for this wonderful exhibit featuring the works of Wolfgang Ertl, Carol Powley, Norm Ramsey, Barry Tarr and Alice Lee Timmins.  Founded in 1958, the KAA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of volunteers committed to our mission: promote knowledge of the arts, stimulate interest in the work of local artists and express appreciation for the abundant creativity in the seacoast area

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.

 

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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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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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