Rusalka from the Met at the Grand Auditorium Ellsworth Maine

rscn3212_1254   rusalkaDvorak’s mystical journey delves into the mythical, near supernatural encounter with his highly imaginative escapade from a fairy tale like perspective. She treads upon the world in which she lives to enter a realm of love, unbeknownst to her that her own longing for such a prize will not only enchant her, but will also cause her pain and sorrow. Rusalka longs for these wondrous gifts, yet, finds only rejection at its core. Seeking redemption she thrusts herself deeper than she ever imagined into an embroiled path, misguided and lost, only to find that love and tragedy are forever intertwined where the heart is concerned. See the spectacular event on February 25th at 12:55 p.m. at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine from the Met.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Penobscot Theatre Company Presents “Lumberjacks in Love” (they’re lumberjacks and they’re ok)

fscn1061_1668    Prepare yourself for a collision between Monty Python’s Flying Circus and modern day vaudeville in the midst of a time space continuum with a tumult of emotion peppered with fear of commitment throughout. A wonderful production skillfully prepared with the typical lumberjack testosterone flowing not so freely at times, and yet love conquering the hearts of even the most confirmed woodsmen. Lyrics and music compliment the sincere acting abilities as well as the amazing dance routines popping out at the most opportune times with laughter in abundance tailing the whole play. These “Shanty Boys” who have become “Lumberjacks in Love” being touched by the “Winds of Morning” are nothing more than a “Buncha Naked Lumberjacks” followed by a “Little Black Raincloud” with one of them hoping that “Someday I Will Be Clean” during a “Bachelors Prayer” understands “I only Have a little Time” and that “I Think I’m in Love with the Kid” waiting once again for “The Winds of Morning” knowing full well “It Would Be Enough For Me” even though a “Little Dress” leads to “Stupid, Stupid Love” becoming “Shanty in the Pines” making for “Happy Lumberjacks” who now know for sure that “It Would Be Enough for Me” in reprisal mode. Primo singing, dancing, and spirituous music are a complete recipe for a great play. So chop down trees, eat your lunch, and go to the lavatory.

Written by John D’Alessandrofscn1069_1671

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Maine Military Supply, Inc. (safety and education as your best weapon)

rscn1020_1622   Our world has changed. We’ve come a long way from leaving our doors unlocked when we lay down our heads at night. It’s become a world of security systems, codes, neighborhood watches, and rottweilers. And yet, bad things still happen. We’re practically forced to take advanced measures to protect our loved ones, and the things we’ve worked so hard for to merely have them taken away by some miscreants who simply won’t abide by the laws of the land. One step further would be to exercise our second amendment constitutional right to bear arms. Nothing is without responsibility, and learning how to use, maintain, and correctly fire a firearm is key to that understanding. Fortunately we have in our midst a most responsible institution in Maine Military Supply located in Holden Maine. fscn0983_1628  In our conversation with owner, Frank Spizuoco, we discovered the stores origins from humble beginnings, growing into a place which serves its community in every facet of the business they are in. In fact, sales and statistics strongly indicate that gun sales have not only increased, but are shared by people of all walks of life including women where even manufacturers have begun creating designs for guns catering to that population in colors and styles and ease of operation. All the while Maine Military has kept education, caution, and safety as a precursor to gun ownership. Our instructor, Tim, who was more than gracious to us with valuable knowledge and step by step instructions as to the mechanics, viable shooting details, and maintenance of the weapon exercised patience and ability to novices such as ourselves. His verbal and hands on instruction quickly built our confidence in handling and executing proper shooting. fscn1000_1644 Maine Military Supply provides a safe firing range, all the products you would ever need, and a weapon specifically suggested to meet your requirements. Whether for hunting, protection, or enjoyment, Maine Military soars above and beyond your expectations.

fscn1018_1660   Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Nabucco from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

nabuccorscn3212_1254Over time history has repeated itself in many a way. Some in a fashionable method, others in a most destructive manner. Mankind has never learned his lesson from the garden to the techno world we inhabit today. In this saga, Abigaille, a definitive warrior of battle and survivor of the fallen conclaves of war and taster of victory has decided to rule the empires of the vast landscapes that surround her known world. She is more than determined to rule and her minds eye has become myopic about it. And yet the outcry of the Hebrew people remains loud and clear. Come join the adventure on January 6th at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Romeo et Juliette from the Met at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine

r-j    Tragedy is no stranger to the opera. It is instead an unwelcomed guest. In Gounod’s well known masterpiece, death leaps onto the stage in full bloom seeking whom it may devour. Nothing ventured is no longer applicable here in this setting as families argue in an embittered ongoing rant against the pairing of two young lovers who long for each other unto death itself. The mystery lies not in the stars but in the most ubiquitous way that these two young lovers adore and fascinate each other. Their emotions are arrayed in an unending hymn of praise for the open hearted love they each carry for the other unto eternity and perhaps beyond. The families are too far involved in their own feud that they are simply drowning in their blinded rage to see where this will lead their children. However, love does reign…perhaps not as the world may see it but as love does and finds a way. See it on Saturday January 21st at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

The Search for Rat Fink (a nostalgic moment in time)

rat-fink-blue     As a child my grandmother would sometimes give me some spare change to throw away in those silly gum machines for what most of the time tossed out gum, those endless beads with the clips that you hooked together, or maybe even something cool…like a little Rat Fink figurine. This wretched looking thing was the goofiest rat I had ever seen. Therefore, as a boy it caught my attention. I knew nothing about the artist behind it, or the other hot rod stuff portrayed alongside it. No, just this crazy tiny plastic rodent that made me smile. Since then, of course I don’t know what became of my little wacked out friend, but as an adult some of these insignificant nostalgic things seem suddenly important to me. My wife has been asking me what i wanted for Christmas and being that I seem to like odd things which are somewhat difficult to locate…we are at a standstill. My plea is if anyone who reads this has one of these kooky things I am earnestly looking for and would like to make a grown up kid very happy for Christmas, would you please contact me and let me know if I may give this big rat a home? I most sincerely thank you from the bottom of my nostalgic heart.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

 

The Penobscot Theatre Company Presents “Oliver” (you want some more?, you got it…)

fscn0399_1414   Many variations have sprung from classic stories, both from a comedic angle as well as as a more, shall we say artistic side of life (the latter not always a winner). However, when a jewel such as Oliver is presented to us in its truest form with a large side helping of flawlessness, and its ever recognized and loved musical numbers, then we have a wonderful marriage of ability and paramount standard that combines the grace in which the classic story was intended to portray. It caters to our nostalgic memories and ignites the entertainment all over again (not to mention the audience singing along with them). The actors gave life to these amazing characters with their own unique acting flair, composing facial expressions and virtual heartfelt feelings for their counterparts with heart, mind, and soul most definitely intermingled within their world. rscn0415_1419The ever quite mobile stage setting, highly versatile as it was, maneuvered about very well to accommodate its transitory setting. The Artful Dodger brilliantly played by Andrew Barrett, grants us the need to see him in his truest form as the lying, cheating, thieving, wretch that he is with a handful of street class and a heart of gold. Fagin, masterfully portrayed by Dominick Varney, not only gave us exactly what we expected to see in this low life faceless criminal lurking in the shadows, but a mastermind of the miscreant underworld, yet as a thief in real life stealing the show with his prancing, daunting eyes, and glaring teeth perfectly. Ben Layman as Mr. Bumble, is not only a wonderfully versatile actor, but has the uncanny ability to make you believe he is a different person no matter how many charterers he dons the stage with. And his jolly articulation along with his own facial variations are priceless. Brianne Beck’s dazzling vocals and poignant sincerity spilled all over the stage and onto the spectators as her character, Nancy, whose heart was drawn to the miserable Bill Sykes (frighteningly played by the extremely believable Neil E. Graham) without seeing the goodness in her own heart  drowning in her own self worthlessness had become embroiled in a life of corruption. The vocals were launched into the stratosphere with triumphant success and everyone’s heart was most definitely flourishing onstage. A legendary story brought to life once again by the Penobscot Theatre Company. Did you say you wanted some more? Come and get it!

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro