That’s a Wrap on “The Road to Hope.”

the road to hope curtain call

Yesterday, our production of “The Road to Hope: An Elephant’s Story” wrapped up with a sold-out show. After more than a dozen performances, Theatre Director Reba Short and her troupe of student actors and stage staff took a well-deserved bow.

I had the pleasure of seeing the performance myself just this past Friday, and I can’t say enough about how truly impressive and talented this cast was. A special round of applause must go to Reba, who penned this script herself. I was privileged to take part in a table read of the script as it was still being edited and developed. What a cool process to bear witness to!


I know from my own craft that writing is part additive (like painting) and subtractive (like sculpture.) The endeavor of not only writing a story, but then formatting it for the stage, is a monumental effort. Reba took a pair of characters (retired circus elephants, nonetheless) and not only gave dramatic life to their true stories, but also told a parallel story of a young girl and her struggles. Through the hour-long play, she thoughtfully wove their tales together to achieve an engaging play that entertained while teaching.


Congrats to Reba and all of our cast and crew. Fantastic work!

Our Own “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D,” Julie Civiello


A heartfelt congrats to our friend Julie Civiello, who will be making her debut on the ABC TV Series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” tonight, 3.4.14.

As reported by our friends at the Portland Press Herald, Julie, who has been working towards a big break in LA over the past few years, got her start as an actress at the Children’s Theatre of Maine.
Ms. Civiello was a big part of our Theatre and played roles in productions such as “Romeo & Juliet” and “Our Town.” Our friends at the Portland Phoenix were effusive about her when reviewing Children’s Theatre of Maine productions. Editor Jeff Inglis wrote, “Julie Civiello… is sensitive and strong in the role of the 14-year-old lover… Civiello reaches deep into her own heart, tugging at Romeo and the audience as she struggles between love and duty.”
Also in the Phoenix, Megan Grumbling wrote, “The red-haired Civiello is nothing less than luminous. She has utterly natural movements and presence, an expressive face, and a melodic, far-ranging voice. She is a true and radiant talent, and I hope we’ll see more of her on Portland’s stages in the years to come.”
We are so proud of Julie and all the work she has put in to make her own success happen. We are honored to have her as a friend. Please read the article over at the Portland Press Herald!
Are you interested in getting your own start in acting? We’re looking for young actors between the ages of 8 and 17 to bring Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale to life for younger children. If you are interested in performing on our stage, please prepare a one minute monologue and arrive between 3pm and 5pm this Thursday, March 6th. No acting experience is required; newcomers are welcome.
For more information call 828-1234 x247 or email