REINDEER THEATER COMPANY IS BACK

March 1, 2005

 

After a hiatus of several years while in search for a ‘home,” Reindeer Theatre Company announced its return to the mix of local community and children’s theater groups after penning a Lease Agreement with the Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook, where RTC began in 1993.

‘We’re very excited to be up and running again and to have this wonderful opportunity to offer another outlet for local actors and singers of all ages,” said Louis Philippe, founder of RTC. ‘Our search for a performing space took several years and took us on several wild rides through Biddeford and Gorham, so it’s a great feeling to go full circle and come back home to Westbrook,” Philippe said.

In 1991, Philippe launched the popular Warren PAK (Performing Arts for Kids) program at the library. Two years later, RTC presented its debut production, ‘Two By Two,” followed by an aggressive schedule of children’s shows, musical revues and comedies.

In 1995, RTC became a resident theater group as part of ACTS, Arts Conservatory Theatre & Studio) on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. ‘Moving to Intown Portland was undoubtedly the single defining miscalculation in RTC’s development,” said the group’s founder. ‘We almost immediately cut off ties with our core of family supporters from Westbrook, Gorham, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth and even Portland, who simply did not want to face the logistics and challenges of dealing with Intown Portland.”

Nonetheless, RTC made new friends and continued to present a vigorous schedule of unique shows for kids and adults, and built on its reputation of being a refreshing alternative in a pool of exclusive theater companies. In 2000, RTC ended its association with ACTS and brought its shows on the road to Biddeford, Bath and Lewiston. ‘It was very fun traveling to other communities but it was very challenging without a home,” Philippe noted. So the decision was made to put the shows on hold until a performance space was found.

The Warren Memorial Library recently underwent a major renovation and expansion of its Downtown Westbrook facility. The upstairs auditorium- RTC’s original home-is a wonderful 84-seat space with a stage that comes complete with lighting and sound and a baby grand piano. The facility features an elevator and air-conditioning, and as part of the Library’s mission, the space is made available to the community. The auditorium also serves as home to The Warren Kids, a performing arts program for teens.

‘Reindeer’s Mission Statement may be similar to other groups in terms of providing artistic and creative experiences, but our all-embracing low-barrier philosophy is what makes RTC unique. Our slant is less on product and more on process, which tends to make Reindeer more fun and accessible for its actors,” Philippe stated.

Reindeer is wasting no time charging out of the starting gate. It plans four productions this year: A British children’s adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD from April 29-May 7; An original music revue for adults from July 8-July 17; Another British Comedy for teens, MY VERY OWN STORY, from September 9-September 18; and the lighthearted drama CEMETERY CLUB from November 4-November 13.

Auditions for RED RIDING HOOD, written by Belinda Roberts, are scheduled for Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 PM, at the Library located at 479 Main St., Westbrook. A wide range of fun roles are available for children 7 and older. For more info, call Reindeer at 857-9002.

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March 1, 2005“REINDEER THEATER COMPANY IS BACK”

***** for immediate release *****

After a hiatus of several years while in search for a ‘home,” Reindeer Theatre Company announced its return to the mix of local community and children’s theater groups after penning a Lease Agreement with the Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook, where RTC began in 1993.

‘We’re very excited to be up and running again and to have this wonderful opportunity to offer another outlet for local actors and singers of all ages,” said Louis Philippe, founder of RTC. ‘Our search for a performing space took several years and took us on several wild rides through Biddeford and Gorham, so it’s a great feeling to go full circle and come back home to Westbrook,” Philippe said.

In 1991, Philippe launched the popular Warren PAK (Performing Arts for Kids) program at the library. Two years later, RTC presented its debut production, ‘Two By Two,” followed by an aggressive schedule of children’s shows, musical revues and comedies.

In 1995, RTC became a resident theater group as part of ACTS, Arts Conservatory Theatre & Studio) on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. ‘Moving to Intown Portland was undoubtedly the single defining miscalculation in RTC’s development,” said the group’s founder. ‘We almost immediately cut off ties with our core of family supporters from Westbrook, Gorham, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth and even Portland, who simply did not want to face the logistics and challenges of dealing with Intown Portland.”

Nonetheless, RTC made new friends and continued to present a vigorous schedule of unique shows for kids and adults, and built on its reputation of being a refreshing alternative in a pool of exclusive theater companies. In 2000, RTC ended its association with ACTS and brought its shows on the road to Biddeford, Bath and Lewiston. ‘It was very fun traveling to other communities but it was very challenging without a home,” Philippe noted. So the decision was made to put the shows on hold until a performance space was found.

The Warren Memorial Library recently underwent a major renovation and expansion of its Downtown Westbrook facility. The upstairs auditorium- RTC’s original home-is a wonderful 84-seat space with a stage that comes complete with lighting and sound and a baby grand piano. The facility features an elevator and air-conditioning, and as part of the Library’s mission, the space is made available to the community. The auditorium also serves as home to The Warren Kids, a performing arts program for teens.

‘Reindeer’s Mission Statement may be similar to other groups in terms of providing artistic and creative experiences, but our all-embracing low-barrier philosophy is what makes RTC unique. Our slant is less on product and more on process, which tends to make Reindeer more fun and accessible for its actors,” Philippe stated.

Reindeer is wasting no time charging out of the starting gate. It plans four productions this year: A British children’s adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD from April 29-May 7; An original music revue for adults from July 8-July 17; Another British Comedy for teens, MY VERY OWN STORY, from September 9-September 18; and the lighthearted drama CEMETERY CLUB from November 4-November 13.

Auditions for RED RIDING HOOD, written by Belinda Roberts, are scheduled for Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 PM, at the Library located at 479 Main St., Westbrook. A wide range of fun roles are available for children 7 and older. For more info, call Reindeer at 857-9002.

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March 1, 2005“REINDEER THEATER COMPANY IS BACK”

***** for immediate release *****

After a hiatus of several years while in search for a ‘home,” Reindeer Theatre Company announced its return to the mix of local community and children’s theater groups after penning a Lease Agreement with the Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook, where RTC began in 1993.

‘We’re very excited to be up and running again and to have this wonderful opportunity to offer another outlet for local actors and singers of all ages,” said Louis Philippe, founder of RTC. ‘Our search for a performing space took several years and took us on several wild rides through Biddeford and Gorham, so it’s a great feeling to go full circle and come back home to Westbrook,” Philippe said.

In 1991, Philippe launched the popular Warren PAK (Performing Arts for Kids) program at the library. Two years later, RTC presented its debut production, ‘Two By Two,” followed by an aggressive schedule of children’s shows, musical revues and comedies.

In 1995, RTC became a resident theater group as part of ACTS, Arts Conservatory Theatre & Studio) on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. ‘Moving to Intown Portland was undoubtedly the single defining miscalculation in RTC’s development,” said the group’s founder. ‘We almost immediately cut off ties with our core of family supporters from Westbrook, Gorham, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth and even Portland, who simply did not want to face the logistics and challenges of dealing with Intown Portland.”

Nonetheless, RTC made new friends and continued to present a vigorous schedule of unique shows for kids and adults, and built on its reputation of being a refreshing alternative in a pool of exclusive theater companies. In 2000, RTC ended its association with ACTS and brought its shows on the road to Biddeford, Bath and Lewiston. ‘It was very fun traveling to other communities but it was very challenging without a home,” Philippe noted. So the decision was made to put the shows on hold until a performance space was found.

The Warren Memorial Library recently underwent a major renovation and expansion of its Downtown Westbrook facility. The upstairs auditorium- RTC’s original home-is a wonderful 84-seat space with a stage that comes complete with lighting and sound and a baby grand piano. The facility features an elevator and air-conditioning, and as part of the Library’s mission, the space is made available to the community. The auditorium also serves as home to The Warren Kids, a performing arts program for teens.

‘Reindeer’s Mission Statement may be similar to other groups in terms of providing artistic and creative experiences, but our all-embracing low-barrier philosophy is what makes RTC unique. Our slant is less on product and more on process, which tends to make Reindeer more fun and accessible for its actors,” Philippe stated.

Reindeer is wasting no time charging out of the starting gate. It plans four productions this year: A British children’s adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD from April 29-May 7; An original music revue for adults from July 8-July 17; Another British Comedy for teens, MY VERY OWN STORY, from September 9-September 18; and the lighthearted drama CEMETERY CLUB from November 4-November 13.

Auditions for RED RIDING HOOD, written by Belinda Roberts, are scheduled for Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 PM, at the Library located at 479 Main St., Westbrook. A wide range of fun roles are available for children 7 and older. For more info, call Reindeer at 857-9002.

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