Mike Miclon’s ‘The Early Evening Show’ Kicks Off Celebration Barn Theater’s 50th Anniversary Season

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Celebration Barn celebrates its 50th anniversary season with a full lineup of theater workshops, artist residencies and public performances. The Barn’s Show series begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 with The Early Evening Show by Mike Miclon.

Mike Miclon Photo submitted

A spoof of late-night talk shows, The Early Evening Show is Maine’s longest-running live variety show, with more than 200 performances over the past 23 years. Filled with surprise guests and audience interactions, The Bangor Daily News called The Early Evening Show “a hilarious and transparent production,” and CBS Sunday Morning called it “a reality check!” Guests on the show include award-winning singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin, touring acrobat and burlesque comedian Tom Murphy, Fritz Grobe and the Early Evening Show Orchestra with Oren Robinson and Jed Allen.

Later in the season, Celebration Barn will mark its 50th anniversary with a weekend of special performances. On July 28 and 29, Karen Montanaro presents her new show Tony Montanaro ~ A Love Story, about her creative and romantic relationship with the world-renowned mime artist and founder of The Barn. The Celebration Barn 50th Anniversary Spectacular takes place on July 30 and features original members of the Celebration Mime Ensemble, award shows and surprise guest performances.

“The Barn is committed to sharing the work of extraordinary artists with our neighbors in Oxford Hills and beyond, and the Show series is at the heart of putting that commitment into practice.” said David Bruin, Executive Artistic Director of Celebration Barn. “Arriving at the barn last fall, I knew I wanted the 50th anniversary season to reflect the full range of artists we support and the unique ways in which they combine physical eloquence with the courage to break down boundaries in order to to unleash the power of theater to reimagine the world we share.

In addition to the show series, the 50th anniversary season includes ten week-long theater workshops, several artist residencies and community events. Returning workshop instructors include master clowns Aitor Basauri, Shannan Calcutt, Avner Eisenberg and director Robert Post. Instructors leading workshops for the first time at the barn include Los Angeles-based mime Dean Evans, Pulitzer Prize finalists Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley from the ensemble Fake Friends, and space actor Encompass collective. New York-based affinity forming for the global majority. artists.

“We are thrilled to return to full capacity this summer and once again welcome artists and audiences into the theater to experience the magic and healing of live performance,” said Shara Drew, General Manager of Celebration Barn.

Celebration Barn is Maine’s center for physical theater training and performance. The Barn’s mission is to create opportunities for physical theater artists to perfect their craft and share their work. We celebrate artists who channel the physical eloquence of mime, the unruly energy of clowning, and the transformative power of acting. By bringing artistic creation and community development together, we serve those committed to reinventing theater and the world beyond. celebrationbarn.com

Limited tickets for Mike Miclon’s early night show are available for $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60 and over) and $10 for children (17 and under). Tickets are general admission. The lobby and concessions open at 7:00 p.m. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

All patrons aged five and over attending a performance at Celebration Barn must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Adults are also required to show matching photo ID. A booster shot, although recommended by the CDC, is not required to attend a show at this time. Participants 4 and under who are not yet eligible for vaccination should only wear a mask.

To purchase tickets, visit celebrationbarn.com. Celebration Barn Theater is located just off Route 117 at 190 Stock Farm Rd., Paris Sud.

Shara Drew, General Manager of Celebration Barn, and David Bruin, Executive Artistic Director. Photo submitted by Ezrah Churchill

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