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Celebration Barn announces cancellation of 2020 season

The theater in Paris, Maine forced to close due to pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director at Celebration Barn Theater in Paris, poses outside of the theater Friday. The organization has canceled programming this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo ©2020 – Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Reposted from The Sun Journal

PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater has canceled its programming for this year because artists from around the world can’t travel here and audiences can’t be close to each other because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director, said most of the theater’s revenue comes from hosting artists from around the world for workshops, residencies and performances.

“Over the past four weeks — it feels like four years — we really took the journey of feeling the heartbreak of having to cancel … It just felt that there really was no way we could move forward with programming this season with any certainty,” she said.

The announcement was posted Thursday on Facebook.

“We don’t know when our audiences are going to feel comfortable gathering again in close proximity, we don’t know when travel bans will make it possible for artists to travel, and for artists that are traveling in to do workshops, we don’t know if their loss of work is going to impact their ability to travel in the country right now. We knew that it would not be in the barn’s best interest or the communities’ best interest if we went forward and had a season.”

In its 47 years, Celebration Barn has never faced the complete cancellation of the season, and the future is unclear, she said.

“Financially it’s a real heavy lift to see a path forward,” Huotari said.

At the beginning of last year, a new financial gift program laid a sold financial foundation for the coming season. However, major concerns remain.

“We have never faced something like this before,” Houtari said. “Right now, we’re 100 percent in the throes of upheaval. We applied for emergency funding. We don’t know if our application is in the works, but the payroll protections funds have just run out, waiting to see if more become available.

She said in the coming weeks, the theater on Stock Farm Road will have a better idea of what it can do during the canceled season; if live-streamed shows are still a possibility, or online workshops and learning opportunities. But the real focal point is the 2021 season, and if the appetite of audiences will be changed moving forward. – “ I think that we really will have an opportunity to respond to the way in which the world has shifted in response to this experience, and the way the needs of our artists and audiences have changed … people are going to be hungry for different things, and I think we really have an opportunity to respond to that,” she said.

Traditionally, performances happen in close proximity, as do workshops. But Huotari said avenues might open for more spaced-out, inventive performances.

“Our expertise is really in the area of getting people together for an immediate theater experience,” she said. “While our history with doing that generally in a room in close proximity to each other, we’ve also done theater safaris where the audience travels around our property to various experiences, where storytellers are in trees and dancers are in fields. … We’re also well equipped to think outside the box. We’ll be looking for ways to bring people together to feel the immediacy of that human connection but it may be in ways unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

Though many patrons and artists understood the need to shut down this season, some were apprehensive. Huotari said if COVID-19 and all the restrictions associated with it dissipate soon, the theater is in a position to act.

“We’re small and we’re nimble,” she said. “If things do change and we do see opportunity in the coming months, we’ll be able to respond to that really quickly. I’d love to think that there’s a chance we’ll be able to get audiences in the barn this year, but it’s going to take a rapidly improving global condition for that to be possible.”

Until the global situation reaches relative normalcy, the barn is going to need some help. After announcing the cancellation, Huotari said PayPal donations started coming in within minutes. “If any folks are in a position to make a contribution … we would be most grateful for gifts now, as they matter more than ever,” she said.

For now, though, the focus has to be on coming strong in 2021.“Our No. 1 priority is securing the future of the Celebration Barn. And all eyes are on 2021, and what we have to do to come back with a full season,” she said.

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Visiting Maine – The Celebration Barn Theater

Celebration Barn entrance in S. Paris MaineThe entrance to Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine is charming and inviting.

Here is the scoop of this lovely treasure in the mountains of Maine.

“Celebration Barn Theater is an international residential center for creating and presenting original theater. Dedicated to growing a creative community, both locally and within the larger national and international performing arts field, the Barn fuels the development of new theater that is crafted, innovative, and wildly alive. Founded in 1972 on a farm in South Paris, Maine, Celebration Barn was born out of internationally acclaimed mime artist Tony Montanaro’s drive to encourage people to create their own original theater. Now in its 42nd season. Celebration Barn is world renowned for generating diverse and uniquely personal physical theater.”

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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

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Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

Jeff Wirth has an unusual place in the disciplines of theater.

He has consulted with Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Disney Imagineering and wrote the book INTERACTIVE ACTING.

He has designed over 100 interactive performance experiences for entertainment, simulation and research.

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Interviewed at the Celebration Barn in S. Paris, Maine.
Jeff was conducting a workshop titled 'Interactive Performance'.
In this interview he discusses the discipline and applications of it in theatre.

For more information go here:
http://wirthcreative.com/

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Fritz Grobe – Board Member @ Celebration Barn, Maine

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Along a intimate gravel road you find the sign ‘Celebration Barn Theater’ and as you approach you see the building that has been the ‘home’ for many physical theater artists and where some learned and honed their skills.

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Fritz Grobe talks about his experiences at Celebration Barn and what is being produced now in workshops and performances. Founded in 1972 by mime artist Tony Montenaro, The Celebration Barn has become a lab for physical comedy, commedia-dell-arte, juggling, circus skills, improv and other related performing arts disciplines.

For more information on The Celebration Barn:
http://www.celebrationbarn.com/

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Hilary Chaplain – “A Life in Her Day” @ United Solo Festival, NYC

Hilary Chaplain talks about her upcoming show being presented at the UNITED SOLO FESTIVAL in NYC.

"Unconventional and outrageously funny, this award-winning day in a life is a wonderful mix of physical comedy, clown, and serious theatre. “A Lucy Ricardo – Little Tramp hybrid” (TimeOut NY), this quirky physical comedienne exposes her most intimate moments while chasing the elusive promises of happily ever after. Done with pathos and humor. “It’s beautifully funny, sad, and very human.” Charlestown Press.
Director: Avner Eisenberg.
Accompanist: Kevin Schmidt.

For more information and tickets go here:
http://unitedsolo.org/us/2013-alifeinherday-nov-7/

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Celebration Barn – “Summer Finale” show. August 30th, 2013

Great night of original material created at Celebration Barn during the summer months.Fritz Grobe host the Summer Finale show at Celebration BarnFritz Grobe hosted the SUMMER FINALE show with a ‘clenched fist’.

Amanda Huotari performs her 'melodrama' at Celebration Barn .Amanda Huotari performs her ‘melodrama’ character DOLCE inviting an audience member to join her on stage.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.040DOLCE (Amanda Huotari) caresses the audience member during the show.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.080Hilary Chaplain performs her piece “Classically Trained Musician” at the Summer Finale show.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.088Talking to a ‘close friend’ during the performance of her piece. 

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.107Daniel Gaines performs his mime piece “Under the Big Top”

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.115Opening the mouth of the lion to insert his head as a lion trainer in his piece

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.119Aaron Tucker  performs an improv  “The Birthday Party” that was hysterical and surreal.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.126In “The Birthday Party”  Aaron discovers a long hair in his piece of cake and is rather repulsed by the idea.

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Hilary Chaplain performing at the Celebration Barn Summer Finale ShowHilary Chaplain performing her “Classically Trained Singer” piece.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.141Chaos breaks out for the singer when her shoe heel breaks. Just the beginning of bedlam for her.

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David Gaines performs his SEVEN SUMURAI piece.David Gaines performs his SEVEN SUMURAI piece.

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Hilary Chaplain in her Snow White piece.Hilary Chaplain performed a new piece about the myth of Snow White.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.184After the umbilical cord breaks the baby is alone with Snow White.

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Rene Johnson performs a very personal piece.Rene Johnson performs a new and very personal piece.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.211After donning a new pair of heels Rene tells a story that is strong and vulnerable.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.233Amanda Huotari requests the help of audience member Deborah Monlux to play the villain and tie her hands up while wearing a beard.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.250Dolce (Amanda Huotari) and audience volunteer help shoot the bearded villain.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.259Fritz Grobe and Hilary Chaplain in “World’s Greatest Squeezers”.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.266Hilary gets another chance to ‘squeeze’ a very sensitive part of Fritz.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.283Fritz and Hilary rollick on the floor ‘squeezing’ one another in the final piece of the show.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.288Cast Curtain Call at Season Finale at Celebration Barn 2013.

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For more information on workshops and upcoming performances visit their website here.

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“The Fabulous Problemas” at Celebration Barn Theater – South Paris, Maine

It’s a criminal comedy featuring Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia and Aaron Tucker. Three squirtgun-slinging desperadoes swindle and seduce their way into the greatest heist of all time.

A very funny show spoofing the heist and criminal movies. Here are some visual highlights from Friday’s show at Celebration Barn.

Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia and Aaron Tucker in The Fabulous Problemas.Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia and Aaron Tucker in disguise (of course) opens the show.

Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia and Aaron TuckerAaron Tucker(top) Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia getting too close for comfort.

Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia feeling the real thing.After much involvement together these two find time to reflect on what is happening.

Aaron Tucker (with banana) Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia.Aaron Tucker (with banana) Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia in a moment of true surreal comedy.

Aaron Tucker (with banana) Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia.Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia and Aaron Tucker toking their water pistols.

Aaron Tucker , Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia.Aaron Tucker holds his imaginary pistol while his two cohorts ignore the real issues at hand and kiss one another.

Daniel Orrantia.(in flight) Aaron Tucker, Amanda Huotari, Daniel Orrantia.(in flight) Aaron Tucker, Amanda Huotari.

The show closes as it begins...in disquise.The show closes as it begins…in disquise.

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The Fabulous Problemas was directed by Davis Robinson

For more information about The Celebration Barn shows or workshops go here.