Archive for March, 2011

2011 Playhouse Shows Announced

March 28, 2011

A Season Full of Smash-Hit Musical Theatre Slated for 2011 at the Award Winning Ogunquit Playhouse!
Mark your calendars for a season so fantastic it shouldn’t be legal! The Ogunquit Playhouse marks its 79th season with the best Broadway musicals including a new edgy Tony Award winner, a timeless classic Broadway favorite and Broadway blockbusters, all produced, cast and staged exclusively for the Ogunquit stage from May 25th to
October 23rd! Artistic Director, Bradford Kenney explains, “There is something for everyone at the OgunquitPlayhouse this year – an edgy hip show, a Broadway Golden Era Classic, a spectacular Blockbuster, a new hit show that is a fun romp for all ages and the East Coast premiere of a musical that will bring folks of a certain age back to their glory days (or should I say daze!).” Don’t miss your opportunity to see every spectacular show this season!

The season opens when “Sesame Street meets South Park” in the Tony Award Best Musical of the Year, smashhit, Avenue Q. This delightful parody that dares to ask the question, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” is on stage May 25 to June 18. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show conveys life’s tough lessons through the trials and tribulations of Princeton, a recent college graduate, who is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first, he must find an apartment and a job, with no work experience — but an English degree. Join Princeton along with the Broadway puppets for this toe-tapping, hilarious and often moving musical that the New York Times declared to be “savvy, sassy and eminently likable.” BUT, BE FOREWARNED, this show may not be appropriate for those under age 17.

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair for the east coast premier of Summer of Love, a groovy new musical from Roger Bean, the creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Andrews Brothers, on stage June 22 through July 16. When a runaway bride discovers the countercultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, with a little help from the hippies and dropouts of Golden Gate Park, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This hippie, trippy musical features the powerful music of the late 1960s, by some of the most influential artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and many more. You’ll love this flower-power, feel-good musical experience!

There’s Trouble in River City… Yes, the critically acclaimed Broadway classic, The Music Man marches into town July 20 to August 20. Meredith Willson’s all-American favorite follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Does he stay? Does he run with the money? Even if you know, you’ll still want to see the quirky characters of this Golden Era classic and hear the award winning songs that have long become American standards: “76 Trombones,” “Till there Was You” and “Trouble.”

OMG, like, you are totally going to love Legally Blonde the Musical, on stage August 24 through September 17! This award-winning Broadway musical sensation is based on the hit movie of the same name and follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who just dumped her for someone more serious. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s halls of justice with our heroine Elle, her Chihuahua, Bruiser and the bull-dog-toting-hairdresser Paulette, played by none other than Emmy Award winning Playhouse favorite Sally Struthers. This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy is so much fun it shouldn’t be legal!

The fall ushers in one of the most stunning Broadway blockbusters of all time, Miss Saigon, an epic love story that will touch your heart and haunt your memory, on stage September 21 through October 23. This compelling tale, a modern variation of Madame Butterfly by the creators of Les Misérables, shares the emotional story of an American GI and his love affair with a Vietnamese girl in a world torn apart by war. From the first sound of a helicopter flying as the sun rises over Saigon during the Overture, to the show’s powerful ending, Miss Saigon will take you on a touching journey about unwavering love and self sacrifice. The emotionally powerful score features the show stopping “The Movie in My Mind,” “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why” and “The American Dream.”

Single tickets go on sale in early April, however you can lock in the best seats at a bargain price by buying a season subscription today! The Ogunquit Playhouse is America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday,
from May 25 to October 23, 2011. Main Stage tickets go on sale April 4, 2011. Gift Certificates, Flex-Passes and
Season Subscriptions are on sale now! For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the
season, visit our website http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org. Tickets on-line or through the box office at 207-646-5511.

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Marginal Way Fund Raiser

March 28, 2011

Marginal Way Fund Raiser

What would Ogunquit be without our beautiful Marginal Way? The maintenance, repair and beautification of this most treasured walk way , the cliff side path along the ocean, is completely funded by private resources and is managed by the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.
To this end, we here at the Falls at Ogunquit have joined together with several other lodge and inn owners to help raise funds in support of this organization during the month of May. So, we are offering a night’s stay at the low rate of $65 from May 1 to May 26, excluding weekends, when you contribute at least $50 to this Preservation Fund.
Reservations must be made in advance directly through the resort at 207-646-4600 and your contribution must be presented at check-in in the form of a check for $50 (or more!). This discount cannot be combined with other discounts or packages. If you want to learn more about this fund, visit their website at http://www.marginalwayfund.org.

Patriot’s Day Weekend

March 21, 2011

It’s a sure sign of spring when plans for Patriots Day Weekend are published! It’s the official opening of Ogunquit, going back to the days of summer water, when summer houses had water delivered through hoses that ran along the road. It was only safe to have the water on after mid-April which was Patriots Day weekend.
This is the 21st annual event as we go back to our roots, with historical characters walking the streets, musterings, and fife and drum concerts. What could be more American that a craft show? Re-enactments, kid’s carnival rides, cookouts and taste tests from restaurants round out the weekend.
Join us April 15-17 for this fun filled weekend. Details of all scheduled events will be published as we near the weekend, but mark your calendars and call us to book rooms soon!

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday

March 14, 2011

Join Maine’s maple producers to celebrate Maine Maple Sunday on March 27, 2011. It’s the day when sugar makers around the state open the doors of their sugarhouses for the public to to join them in their rites of spring-making maple syrup. Most sugarhouses offer free tasting and live demonstrations of how syrup is produced from tap to table. Many offer a variety of other treats and activities including syrup on pancakes or ice cream, sugarbush tours, sleigh or wagon rides, live music and lots more. For locations, Visit http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/43/index.htm

Portsmouth Restaurant Week

March 14, 2011

Attention deal-seekers! Featuring special 3-course prix fixe menus: lunch $16.95 per person, dinner $29.95 per person (does not include beverages, taxes or gratuity) at participating restaurants throughout Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Restaurant Week Portsmouth is a bi-annual culinary event which spotlights Greater Portsmouth as a culinary and cultural destination. Wine & dine, shop & gallery hop, visit the theatre, and make it a getaway. Visit http://www.restaurantweekportsmouth.com for a list of participating restaurants.

Ogunquit Mardi Gras

March 10, 2011

“Mardi Gras” refers to the events of the Carnival Celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany and ending on the Day before Ash Wednesday. These celeb rations have traditionally involved the eating of rich, fatty foods before the customary fasting of the Lenten season. Therefore, we get “Fat Tuesday”, its English translation. In addition to indulgent foods, popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, dancing, parades and overturning social conventions (hence the special rules of our King and Queen Crowning Competition)!
From parades and costumes to rich, delicious food, Ogunquit is ready to celebrate with our own revelry. We hope you can join us! Events include:
Friday, March 4, 2011-
8:30pm: Mardi Gras King and Queen Crowning Competition. Maine Street, 195 Main Street.
Saturday, March 5, 2011:
10:00am-noon: Ice Sculpture demonstration by Sub Zero Ice Carvings of Lisbon. Courtyard at Village Food Market, 230 Main Street
11:30-1pm: Hat and Mask Making Party. Maine Street, 195 Main Street.
1pm: Hat and Mask Parade. From Maine Street to Old Village Inn, 30 Main Street.
1:30-3pm: Parade Awards Ceremony and Entertainment. Old Village Inn, 30 Main Street.
3-4:30pm: Island Tones Steel Drum Band Concert. Front Porch, 9 Shore Road.
All Weekend: Ice Skating at the Community Ice Skating Rink, Cottage Street, next to Dunaway Center