This week

• Michael Trautman’s Big Time Vaudeville Show makes it final appearance of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday at Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport. The performance will include appearances by Jones & Boyce and Dos Eckies.

Jones & Boyce are Brian Jones and Susan Boyce, a song, dance, and comedy team from Providence, R.I. They have been dancing and singing around the Northeast since 1979, when they were part of Benny Reehl’s Buckfield Leather & Lather Traveling Variety Show and the New England New Vaudeville Revue.

Dos Eckies is comprised of Joel Eckhaus and Kris Eckhart. Armed with ukuleles, they play witty, original and addictive “uke-billy.”

As host, Trautman leads the variety show with his visual and physical comedy.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, or $25 for families. A portion of the proceeds goes to support Merriconeag Waldorf School. For reservations and information, call 450-5342.

• The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Tuesday Classical series continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Merrill Auditorium in Portland with “Life, Death, Transfiguration.” The program includes guest performances by the Choral Art Society’s Masterworks Chorus and soloists Natalie Fagnan, Michael Ryan and boy soprano Christopher McIntyre.

Music director Robert Moody will be at the podium for “Life, Death, Transfiguration,” with music by Christopher Theofanidis, Richard Strauss and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The PSO will conduct a food drive, part of the national Orchestras Feeding America program, in partnership with Preble Street. Tickets cost $26 to $76 and are available through PortTix, the Merrill box office, by calling 842-0800, or online at

• City Theater in Biddeford marks the return of opera with “La Stagione d’Amore (Season of Love) — an Evening of Opera” at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. March 14. Several Maine singers will perform scenes from “Carmen,” “La Boh?,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Elixir of Love, ” “Hansel and Gretel” and others.

This event is also the annual fundraiser for City Theater. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 with a student ID at the door, and may be purchased by calling 282-0849 or online at

The cast includes sopranos Danielle Vayenas, Devin Dukes, Jenny Robinson, Rebecca Rinaldi and Michelle Rawding; mezzo sopranos Sara Sturdivant, Jazmin DeRice and Nicole Rawding; tenors John Coons, Kurt Perry and Jason Phillips; baritone Dan Cyr and bass-baritone John Adams. All have performed throughout New England with groups including PortOpera, Longwood Opera in Massachusetts, Boston Lyric Opera, Maine Oratorio Chorale, Boston Masterworks Chorale and more, and several of the artists have performed in New York and beyond.

Sara Sturdivant will serve as concert director and producer. A graduate of University of Southern Maine, she recently returned from New York City.


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