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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: May 14, 2015

Summer theater season kicks off with comedy: ‘Sister Act’ in Ogunquit and ‘The Full Monty’ in Brunswick

Written by: Bob Keyes
“The Full Monty” opens June 3 at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Courtesy photo

“The Full Monty” opens June 3 at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Courtesy photo

It’s good to get people’s attention right off the bat. That’s how Bradford Kenney approached the 2015 season at Ogunquit Playhouse. No sense easing into it.

The season begins next week with “Sister Act,” a co-production with Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York. Ogunquit and the Long Island theater share the costs, with the same cast and same sets. It’s one of the first regional premieres of the recent Broadway musical, which was based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Rashidra Scott stars as Deloris the disco diva, who goes into witness protection and ends up in a convent. Scott took a leave from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway to play Deloris at Ogunquit and Gateway. Scott was in the ensemble in the Broadway production of “Sister Act” and understudied as Deloris. She got called to play the lead role for a week in March 2012.

“It’s so great to run this place,” Kenney said. “You make a phone call, and get an immediate ‘Yes.’ The Broadway shows give (their stars) a couple of weeks off to go on vacation. But Rashidra is here for seven, and we got her an out for 10 weeks from one of Broadway’s biggest titles” to do the two-city production.

“Sister Act” opens Wednesday at Ogunquit and is up through June 20. It plays in New York from July 1 to July 18.

“Sister Act”

WHERE: Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Route 1)
WHEN: Opens Wednesday, runs through June 20
HOW MUCH: $44 to $84
INFO: 207-646-5511 or ogunquitplayhouse.org

If you miss “Sister Act” in Ogunquit, you can catch a different production up the coast. Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick stages the musical as the second show in its season, opening June 24. It’s a different cast and production but the same story.

Maine State opens its season June 3 with “The Full Monty,” a funny, spirited show about unemployed steelworkers who turn to striptease.

“Our box office manager coined this the ‘season of smiles,’ ” artistic director Curt Dale Clark said. “It’s a happy season. People want to laugh. It’s summer. Finally.”

“The Full Monty”

WHERE: Maine State Music Theatre, Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road, Brunswick
WHEN: June 3-20
HOW MUCH: $43 to $70
INFO: 207-725-8769 or msmt.org

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