Karin Baard

Karin Baard


“Voices in the Mirror” — the annual, original sketch comedy show by The Theater Project — is created from scratch by dozens of local teens every year. This year is a little different, however, as the director helping to shape the show is not Wendy Poole — who has helmed the production for the last 20 years — but Karin Baard, an alumna of The Theater Project.

“My first introduction to Voices was my first year of high school” said the 27-yearold Baard, who in addition to teaching and directing at The Theater Project works at Family Crisis Services as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. “I had moved to Brunswick from Arizona, so I hadn’t grown up in and around the Theater Project like my friends. I had never seen ‘Voices’ before, and had no idea what it was. I just kept hearing about ‘Voices’ all year long — how fun it is, how amazing it is, how it’s the best … ‘just wait until ‘Voices.’ You’ll see.’ And I did.”

What is it about “Voices in the Mirror” that speaks to the teens who participate each year? According to Baard, “I think it demonstrates so beautifully what the Theater Project is all about. It gives time and space for teenagers to explore and express what’s important to them. The title of this show says it all. It’s these kids’ voices — what they think, how they feel, what they find funny, etc. The Theater lets them come, work together, collaborate, encourage each other, laugh together, work through hard things together, and build a family.”

Working through hard things together is not just for the actors.

“Passing the torch was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do at The Theater Project” said Poole. “‘Voices’ became my baby, and I watched it grow for 20 years. I was lucky to spend so many afternoon laughing with those kids — they taught me to be a better listener.”

As for handing over the reins?

“Karin was the obvious choice. We’re so lucky that she’s returned to The Theater Project as a teacher, director, and board member — she loves the kids, she loves ‘Voices,’ and she just gets it.”

“Voices in the Mirror” runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. This show is recommended for audiences age 14 and up. Tickets are Pay-What-You- Want with a suggested price of $12 and are available at (207) 729-8584 or online at theaterproject.com. The Theater Project is located at 14 School St. in Brunswick.

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