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OPA’s 20th ANNUAL OGUNQUIT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: JUNE 6TH & JUNE 7TH

Tickets are now on sale for Ogunquit Performing Art’s 20th Annual Chamber Music Festival at the S. Judson Dunaway Center’s Great Hall, 23 School Street, Ogunquit, Maine.

On Friday, June 6th at 8 pm OPA proudly presents BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC featuring players from The Boston Symphony, The Boston Philharmonic and The Boston Pops. Clarinetist Thomas Hill, Violinist Sharan Leventhal, Timothy Riley on Horn and Pianist Randall Hodgkinson will perform in mixed ensembles in accordance to compositions by Carl-Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann, Darius Milhaud and Johannes Brahms.

On Saturday, June 7th at 8 pm, THE AMBROSIA TRIO will perform works by Beethoven and Antonin Dvorak. Founded in 1990 by the existing members – Beulah Cox, violinist, Martin Fett, cellist and Frank Daykin, pianist, they have become an established ensemble in the New York metropolitan area for the last 23 years. The members are some of New York’s finest musicians, eager to bring the joy of chamber music to audiences everywhere. One reviewer described the ensemble’s playing as “the warmest treatment that the composers themselves could have hoped for.”

The performance is sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts, a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. All proceeds go toward promotion, production and artist fees for this and future events.

Tickets for each of the concerts are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Advance tickets are available on-line at www.ogunquit.org/shop.php and at the Dunaway Center, the Ogunquit Camera Shop and the Ogunquit Welcome Center.

Additional Information on the Artists: Ogunquit’s Chamber Music Festival- June 6-7, 2014

BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC

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Boston Chamber Music Opens Ogunquit’s 20th Annual Chamber Music Festival 8pm Friday, June 6th at the S. Judson Dunaway Center, Ogunquit.

Tom Hill has been the principal Clarinetist of The Boston Philharmonic since 1992 and was the founding clarinetist of the acclaimed Boston Chamber Music Society. The Boston Globe wrote “Hill’s performance was what we’ve come to expect from him –- beautifully controlled, technically strong, imaginative and musical.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote Hill is …”among the best clarinetists anywhere.”

Sharan Leventhal, Violinist, is a member of the Gramercy Trio, the Kepler Quartet and the Boston Artists Ensemble and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Toledo, Milwaukee, Topeka, and Gulf Coast symphonies among others. She teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University and is founder and director of Play On, Inc., a non-profit supporting chamber music programs for children.

Randell Hodgkinson, Pianist, has achieved recognition as a winner of the International American Music Competition for pianists sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. He has appeared frequently as soloist and chamber music artist throughout the United States and abroad. His solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was presented both in Boston and at Carnegie Hall. His recordings on several labels have brought notable acclaim as well.

Timothy Riley, Horn, has enjoyed a far-ranging career as an orchestral player in the American Northeast, playing with The Boston Philharmonic and the orchestras of New Haven, Rhode Island, Springfield, Hartford, Syracuse, and Cleveland, among others. His teachers have included a virtual who’s who of America’s celebrated French Horn artists. He spends a part of his rare free time during summers right here in Wells, Maine.

THE AMBROSIA TRIO

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The Ambrosia Trio will perform 8pm Saturday, June 6th. the 2nd night of Ogunquit’s Chamber Music Festival. The members are some of New York’s finest musicians, eager to bring the joy of chamber music to Ogunquit.

Beulah Cox, Violinist, has appeared as soloist with the Virtuoso Strings in New York City, the Allegro Chamber Ensemble at the Festival Saint Louis en L’Ile in Paris, and in London at St. Martin-in-the Fields. Solo performances with the Doansburg Chamber Orchestra were reviewed in the Gannett Suburban Newspapers: “Cox had a sweet tone and much sensitivity, conveying delicate emotion.” She is a member of several orchestras in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey and performs across the United States as well as in Europe.

Martin Fett, Cellist, is an active freelancer in the New York City area and has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles across the USA and Europe. As a soloist, he has performed with the Manhattan Philharmonia and the Brooklyn Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble and has held principal positions in many orchestras including the New York City Opera National Company. Having performed in over ten Broadway shows, Mr. Fett is in demand as a musician who is comfortable in many different styles, ranging from intimate Chamber Music settings to Grand Opera and Symphonic Concerts.

Frank Daykin, Pianist, is equally known as soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher, and writer. He is particularly identified with the French piano and chamber music repertoire, having performed the complete solo piano works of Ravel on Ravel’s own piano at the Ravel house/museum in France. His partnership with Millette Alexander in piano duo performance, now in their fourth decade as an ensemble, has produced two award-winning recordings and a host of performances in the US and abroad, always to rave reviews. The Toronto Citizen named them “surely the finest duo in the world today” and the New York Times proclaimed, “they make music as one.”

Movie: “The Best Years Of Our Lives”

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William Wyler’s “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), the first film to win eight Academy Awards (one honorary) and at the time second only to “Gone With the Wind” at the U.S. box office, will be presented at the S.Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Wednesday, May 14th

The postwar classic based on a novel in verse by MacKinlay Kantor, an engrossing look at the triumphs and travails of war veterans, tells the intertwined homecoming stories of ex-sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March), former bombadier Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), and sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell).

Profoundly relevant in 1946, the film still offers a surprisingly intricate and ambivalent exploration of American daily life; and it features landmark deep-focus cinematography from Gregg Toland, who also shot Citizen Kane. The film won Oscars for, among others, Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for March, and Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell, a real-life double amputee whose hands had been blown off in a training accident. Russell was an untrained actor, but utterly sincere and won an honorary Oscar, “for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance.” Although he was actually nominated for best supporting actor, the Academy board voted the special award because they thought he didn’t have a chance of winning. They were wrong. He won the Oscar, the only time an actor has been given two Oscars for the same role.

Seen more than six decades later, it feels surprisingly modern: lean, direct, honest about issues that Hollywood then studiously avoided. After the war years of atriotism and heroism in the movies, this was a sobering look at the problems veterans faced when they returned home.

This is the final film of our 22nd screenings, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment generously provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by Kennebunk Savings Bank. As always admission is free as is the popcorn! Donations are appreciated.

Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. at 7PM, sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts. Season in our Classic Film Series. As with our previous

Annual Piano Festival

Ogunquit’s Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival April 25th- 27th

Tickets are now on sale for Ogunquit Performing Art’s 8th annual Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival at the S. Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. Ogunquit, Maine.

Masanobu Ikemiya

Pianist Masanobu Ikemiya will perform the opening concert of the Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival on Friday evening April 25, 2014 at 8 pm in a concert of music by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and American composer John Cage.

At 8pm Friday, April 25th, pianist Masanobu Ikemiya has been invited back to perform an intriguing program of music by composers Mozart, Brahms, John Cage, Chopin and Rachmaninoff on OPA’s legendary Steinway C Concert Grand piano.

Mr. Ikemiya was educated at Oberlin College Conservatory and Indiana University. He has received world-wide attention for his many concerts throughout the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Argentina, Taiwan, Cambodia, Philippines, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Portugal, Brazil, Guam, Hawaii, India, Korea, Canada and the United States where he has appeared in solo recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. For years he toured annually in Japan with members of the New York Philharmonic and with the New York Ragtime Orchestra of which he is the founder-leader-pianist and received an award from the UN for promoting world peace through music.

Anastasia Antonacos

Pianist Anastasia Antonacos will be performing (the second night of Ogunquit’s Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival) on Saturday evening April 26, 2014 at 8 pm featuring compositions by Cecilia McDowall, Liszt, Schubert, Janacek and Rautavaara.

At 8pm on Saturday April 26th, pianist Anastasia Antonacos will perform works from contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall followed by compositions by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Czech composer Leos Janacek and Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Dr. Antonacos has given notable performances around the world, playing in Greece, Russia, France and Belgium, playing venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She placed first at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria and prizes at the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition among others.

On Sunday afternoon April 27, 2014 at 3pm the program turns to Student Recitals. This is open to local piano students who are recommended by their teachers to perform. The Student Recital is free for everyone.

Tickets for each of the concerts are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Advance tickets are available on-line at www.ogunquit.org/shop.php or at the Dunaway Center, the Ogunquit Camera Shop and the Ogunquit Welcome Center.

The performance is sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts, a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. All proceeds go toward promotion, production and artist fees for this and future events.

Movie: Singing In The Rain

Sing-Rain Pix CropOGUNQUIT OPA CLASSIC FILM SERIES PRESENTS “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”

Don’t miss “one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed,” presented at the S.Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Wednesday, April 9th at 7PM and sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.

In the 1952 classic film Singin’ in the Rain, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed – filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Also turning in memorable performances are costars Cyd Charisse and Jean Hagen.

The setting is Hollywood during the transition to talkies, with Hagen giving the performance of a lifetime as Kelly’s silent screen costar, whose voice could shatter glass. Kelly’s title number and O’Connor’s “Make ‘Em Laugh” are just two highlights in a film packed with gems.

This great film has received widespread critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes reports a score of 100% with movie critic Leonard Maltin rating it 4 out of 4 Stars. In 1998 the American Film Institute listed Singin’ In The Rain as one of the 100 Greatest American Films of the Century.

As with all films scheduled for our 22nd Season of our Classic Film Series, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment generously provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by Kennebunk Savings Bank. As always admission is free as is the popcorn!

The current Classic Film Series program will continue showing one classic film each month throughout the colder months up to and including May 2014.  Donations are appreciated.

Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit.

OGUNQUIT CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH DANCE AND FILM

Irish StepdancersOgunquit Performing Arts is proud to once again present Irish stepdancers from the renowned Stillson School of Irish Dance on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at the S. Judson Dunaway Center located at 23 School Street. Ogunquit, Maine. Performance time is 6:30 pm. Doors Open at 6pm. Admission is $5 for the Irish Stepdancer’s performance, payable at the Door only. Their performance will be followed by a viewing of The Secret of Roan Irish. As with all  Season of our Classic Film Series, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by films scheduled for the 22nd Kennebunk Savings Bank. Admission to the film is free as is the popcorn! The Stillson School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Carlene Moran Stillson who herself started dancing at age 4. She’s competed in the New England Regional, North American, and World Championships, is accredited by Ad Coimisium in Dublin and her school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine. Its dancers compete all over New England and place in the New England Regional Irish Dancing Championships annually and in competitions around the world. In addition to the performance, Ms. Stillson will tell about the history of the dance and many different costumes worn by the dancers. The dancers return to Ogunquit by popular demand. Roan InishIn the 1994 film “The Secret of Roan Inish”, director John Sayles, who has shown such skill at portraying the interplay of individuals and social structures, makes a rare leap into the realm of fantasy. Examining the obscure Celtic legend of the Selkie, a creature who is half human and half seal, he has created a touching cinematic meditation on people, familial roots and the myths that sustain them. Word has gotten out that this film is a must-see for certain like-minded folks. Lovers of folklore, especially of the Celtic variety, will ache with yearning for more films like this. As to the critics, Bruce Diones of the ‘New Yorker’ wrote: “Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles’ latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore” and NY Times movie critic Stephen Holden said of the film: “One of his most accomplished movies, this is Sayles’ corrective fable to a genre that has favored male protags, exploring another outsider character, a young girl alone in the world.” Geoff Andrew of Time Out put it simply: “It’s family entertainment in the best sense of the term.” It rated a 98 on Rotten Tomato’s Tomatometer. Both performance and film are sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts, a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. All proceeds go toward promotion, production and artist fees for this and future events.

Movie: Cinema Paradiso

CinemaParadisoIf ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore’s nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988).   A successful but jaded film director recalls his Sicilian childhood: he was a cheeky scamp called Totò (Salvatore Cascio) helping out in the cinema booth, learning to love movie magic and becoming a friend to the old projectionist Salvatore (Philippe Noiret), in a special place whose movies were censored by the local priest, and whose interior was designed to look like a church, with an altar under the screen.   There’s no doubt about the brilliance of its central scene: by twisting the projector’s glass screen on a fine summer’s night, Salvatore reflects the movie image out into the town square, spread over a neighboring building, for a glorious open-air performance: the sacred spirit has escaped the temple, with exciting but ultimately catastrophic results. And the final “kiss montage” scene is inspired. It’s a real experience and a classic.   In 1990 Cinema Paradiso received both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film (Italy).   After experiencing Cinema Paradiso one critic exclaimed:  This is what all movies should be about…Terrific!”  Ogunquit Performing Arts is offering an opportunity for you to view this great film on Sunday, March 9 at 2PM. at the S.Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. The current Classic Film Series program will continue showing one classic film each month throughout the winter months up to and including May 2014: Singin’ in the Rain on Wednesday April 9 at 7 pm and The Best Years of Our Lives on Wednesday May 14 at 7 pm. Donations are appreciated.   Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit.

Soggy Po’ Boys

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Their performance is part of Ogunquit’s 7th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration that runs from February 28th through March 2, 2014.

For a taste of New Orleans it’s the Soggy Po’Boys…they specialize in New Orleans music, especially traditional Dixieland and Second Line: think piano, trumpets, sax, clarinet, sousaphone, trombone, drum and guitar playing and singing gospel favorites such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” or “Down by the Riverside,” along with popular “old school” songs such as “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” “House of the Rising Sun,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”.

Members of the Soggy Po’Boys have proven their merit as accomplished musicians and here as a group they pay their respects to a style of music not commonly found in northern states. Music critic Craig Robert Brown wrote “It’s a time machine to the smoky speakeasies of Prohibition-eraAmerica. Long-time jazz fans will enjoy the bands sound…but the greatest feat the Boys have managed is making the music accessible to a younger generation of music fans.”

Dawn Boyer, founder and director of “Rock My Soul”, called the Po’boy s “One of the hottest and most talented acts in the region, with some of the best musicians around.” She added, “They completely knocked out our audience…they are a must see.”

The performance is sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts, a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. All proceeds go toward promotion, production and artist fees for this and future events.

Tickets are now on sale for the Soggy Po’Boys performance at the S. Judson Dunaway Center located at 23 School Street. Ogunquit, Maine. The show is Saturday, March 1st, 2014. Performance time is 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the Ogunquit Welcome Center, the Ogunquit Camera Shop and the Dunaway Center.

For on-line ticket purchases visit: www.ogunquit.org/shop.php

Movie: Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot aDon’t miss “one of the most hilarious, raucous films ever made presented at the S.Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Sunday, February 9th at 2PM and sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.  As with all films scheduled for the 22nd Season of our Classic Film Series, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by Kennebunk Savings Bank. As always admission is free as is the popcorn! Some Like It Hot (1959) is the all-time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce favorite. The ribald film is a clever combination of many elements: a spoof of 1920-30′s gangster films with period costumes and speakeasies, and romance in a quasi-screwball comedy with one central joke – entangled and deceptive identities, reversed sex roles and cross-dressing. In fact, one of the film’s major themes is disguise and masquerade – e.g., the drag costumes of the two male musicians, Joe’s disguise as a Cary Grant-like impotent millionaire, and Jerry’s happiness with a real wealthy, yacht-owning retiree. This great film received widespread critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes reports a score of 98%, with an average score of 8.9 out of 10. Roger Ebert says about the movie, “Wilder’s 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft.”  In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time. Some Like It Hot received six Academy Award nominations including Best Actor (Jack Lemmon), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (co-scripting by I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder from a story suggested by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan), Best B/W Cinematography, and Best B/W Art Direction/Set Decoration – with its sole Oscar awarded for Best B/W Costume Design (Orry-Kelly, for costumes including Marilyn Monroe’s shimmering gowns). Unfortunately, it was competing against one of the biggest winners in Oscar history - Ben Hur (1959). The current Classic Film Series program will continue showing one classic film each month throughout the winter months up to and including May 2014. Donations are appreciated.  Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit.  For more information please visit the OPA web-site at: www.ogunquitperformingarts.org **** For questions regarding this release please E-mail Pat Mason at: pat@ogunquitperformingarts.org

Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire (2)Don’t miss one of the greatest American movies of all time, presented at the S.JudsonDunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Sunday, January 12th at 2PM and sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.

As with all films scheduled for the 22nd Season of our Classic Film Series, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by Kennebunk Savings Bank. As always admission is free as is the popcorn!

The current Classic Film Series program will continue showing one classic film each month throughout the winter months up to and including May 2014.

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Williams collaborated with Oscar Saul on the screenplay and Elia Kazan who directed the stage production went on to direct the film. Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, all members of the original Broadway cast, reprised their roles for the film. Vivien Leigh, who had appeared in the London theatre production, was brought in for the film version in lieu of Jessica Tandy, who had created the part of Blanche DuBois on Broadway.

‘Streetcar’ holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh, Best Actress, Karl Malden, Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter, Best Supporting Actress. Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski but, although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor. Brando’s performance has since been cited as one of the most influential performances in the history of American Cinema and has been widely credited for being one of the first performances to introduce Method acting to Hollywood moviegoers.

The film is also noteworthy for being the first film to honor actors in both the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress category. It has since been labeled by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest American movies of all time and subsequently selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 1999.

Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit.  For more information please visit the OPA web-site at: www.ogunquitperformingarts.org

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For questions regarding this release please E-mail Pat Mason at: pat@ogunquitperformingarts.org

Movie: White Christmas

White Christmas

Don’t miss this warm, nostalgic holiday Classic, presented at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm and sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.

As with all films scheduled for the 22nd Season of our Classic Film Series, it will be shown on a full wall-size screen using quality projection equipment provided to Ogunquit Performing Arts by Kennebunk Savings Bank. As always admission is free as is the popcorn!

White Christmas certainly commands a lot of star power and pop-cultural significance. Consider: it was the highest-grossing film of 1954; it was the biggest hit of director Michael Curtiz’s career; co-stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye were ranked at the time as the #1 and #3 box office stars in the country; and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was already the most successful song in American history. (In 1943 it won the Oscar® for Best Song, it hit #1 again in 1945 and 1947 and went on to hold the record as all-time bestselling single for over 50 years. The song that finally knocked it down to #2 was Elton John’s 1997 recording of “Candle in the Wind,” with lyrics rewritten to honor the late Princess Diana.)

The plot finds two talented song-and-dance men (Crosby and Kaye) teaming up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course there’s the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.

Paramount chose White Christmas to be its first movie produced in VistaVision, the studio’s widescreen answer to CinemaScope.

The current Classic Film Series program will continue showing one classic film each month throughout the winter months up to and including May 2014. Ogunquit Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, all volunteer committee of the Town of Ogunquit. 

For more information please visit the OPA web-site at: www.ogunquitperformingarts.org or email Pat: pat@ogunquitperformingarts.org