February 24, 2013

Keyes: In a historic former school, a Star is born

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kent Stephens in the new Star Theatre, which occupies the cafeteria and gymnasium of the former Frisbee School in Kittery. Stephens wlll christen the theater next month with “Cape May,” which was written by Patricia Lynch, his wife and the executive director of The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H.

Photos by Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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The theater seats 171 and features the latest technology.

"CAPE MAY"

WHEN: March 29 to April 7

WHERE: Star Theatre, Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Rd.

HOW MUCH: $25, $30

INFO: stageforce.org; kitterycommunitycenter.org

Stephens appreciates the multi-use aspect of the Star. It's owned by the town of Kittery and managed by its recreation department.

It's available for outside groups to rent, and should see plenty of activity for all kinds of events beyond theater, including town meetings and elections as well as a fully array of arts and cultural happenings.

The name "Star" recognizes the lead donor to the project, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. The foundation is based in New York, but Ogden trustee Peter Lamb lives in Kittery.

"The family owned and operated Star Expansion Industries for nearly 100 years," Lamb said in an email. "We have a long history of supporting the arts and community-based projects that encourage the creative economy and environmental stewardship."

The Lamb family dates to the mid-1600s on the Seacoast, Lamb added. That's a lot of local history, and it portends well for the future of professional theater in southern Maine.

The theater will be dedicated on Wednesday, with key donors' names affixed to the armchairs of the seats. A few weeks later, the Star will host its first production.

"We're going to have a lot of fun here," Stephens said. "We can't wait to get going." 

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

bkeyes@pressherald.com

Twitter: pphbkeyes

 

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