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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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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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