"Guys on Ice" by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, at Penobscot Theatre Company in 2015. (Photo by Magnus Stark)

Penobscot Theatre Company Sets 6-Show Season for 2016–17

The season will feature works about lumberjacks, pick-pocketing, and the culinary arts.

BANGOR, MAINE: Penobscot Theatre Company has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring six productions.

The season will begin with Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls (Sept. 8–25), about a group of women who pose au naturel for a calendar to raise funds for a commemorative settee at a hospital in honor of their friend’s late husband.

Next up will be Murder for Two (Oct. 20–Nov. 6), with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. In this comedy musical, a birthday party goes sour when the celebrant is shot dead. One actor tackles the role of the investigator, and the other plays all 13 suspects in the crime.

Just in time for the holidays will be Oliver! (Dec. 1–24), with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, adapted from Charles Dickens, about an orphan navigating the underworld of Victorian London in search of a loving home.

The season will continue with the Maine premiere of Lumberjacks in Love (Feb. 2–19, 2017), with book and lyrics by Fred Alley, and music by James Kaplan, about four burly lumberjacks in Wisconsin whose life at Haywire Lumber Camp is disrupted by a mail order bride.

Next up will be Monica Wood’s Papermaker (March 16–April 2, 2017), about a paper mill strike in a small town in Maine that creates tension between two families.

The season will conclude with the Maine premiere of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (April 27–May 14, 2017), adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci, featuring a woman preparing a three-course meal onstage as she prepares to show off her culinary skills on a first date.

Penobscot Theatre Company, founded in 1973, produces classic and contemporary musicals and plays at its home in the 1920s Bangor Opera House.

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