Sunday in the Park with George

Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Culture

Sunday in the Park with George

“Heartwood Ladies” in period costume for “Sunday in the Park with George” include: Back L-R: Millie Santiago & Ellen Erickson Whalley; Ctr L-R: Mary Boothby & Nina Tilander; Front L-R: Nancy Grace Thurston & Sarah Winglass

DAMARISCOTTA – Beginning July 1, Heartwood Theater will present the innovative musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” based on the life and art of French Post-Impressionist painter George Seurat. 

Inspired by his painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” the play, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is an examination of art and those who live it. 

As with all Sondheim works, the music is immensely challenging for vocalists and musicians. Leading the experienced cast through the intricate rhythms and complicated harmonies are vocal coach Beth Preston and music director Sean Fleming. “This is definitely the most difficult show I’ve ever played,” Fleming said.

Preston noted: “One of the songs has lyrics that say, ‘Art isn't easy.’ Neither is Sondheim! This is challenging music for any cast, but this cast is up to the challenge.”

Bringing the painting to life is a computer-generated set, comprised of still images, animations, moving lights and video. Five LCD projectors integrate with lights and moving set pieces to create a multimedia set usually seen only in larger-stage professional productions. 

Sponsored this season by Bath Savings Institution, Heartwood will present seven performances in the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle on July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 17. All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. except the final Sunday matinee on July 17 at 3 p.m. Seating is general, though special requests may be made at the time of reservation. Student tickets are $12, adults with reservations are $20, and the walk-in price at the door is $22.

For reservations phone 563-1373 or email boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org.

“Sunday in the Park with George” is sponsored by the Newcastle Publick House. Local establishments supporting this performance as Heartwood Dinner Partners are Newcastle Publick House, King Eider’s Pub, Damariscotta River Grill, Rising Tide Community Market, and Salt Bay Café.

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