UMFK Summer Theater bringing ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ to Crocker Beach

FORT KENT, Maine — University of Maine at Fort Kent Summer Theater will offer audiences an outdoor theater experience next week at Crocker Beach in Fort Kent with performances of “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Bertolt Brecht.

The UMFK Summer Theater production of “Mother Courage and Her Children” includes several songs which members of the cast will perform. Participating in a recent rehearsal are, from left, Jana Nadeau, Aaron Bernstein, Morgan Dumais, and Desiree Dumais. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

“The show is short, fast paced, action packed, and brashly humorous, even though it explores some serious themes. While it isn’t a musical, there are some songs performed by cast members,” said Director Aaron Bernstein. “‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ is widely regarded as one of the finest plays written in the 20th Century.”

UMFK Summer Theater productions usually take place inside Fox Auditorium but this year, due to auditorium renovations, will be held outside behind Nadeau Hall at Crocker Beach overlooking the Fish River.

“The outdoor performance venue offers us the opportunity to incorporate the natural beauty of the St. John Valley into our production in a way we never could achieve in an auditorium,” Bernstein said. “This play, which follows the adventures of a nomadic group of merchants in wartime, lends itself particularly well to outdoor staging. We are able to mix natural elements with constructed set pieces in a way that suits the action.”

The outdoor seating area, which can accomodate 100 people, will include chairs with cover provided and will be handicap accessible. The show lasts about one hour.

UMFK Summer Theater will present Mother Courage and Her Children at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28 with a final matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

Tickets are $10 or free for UMFK students with valid ID. Tickets will be available at the gate, or by calling 834-7557.

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