Coming up next Thursday and Friday in Mechanics Hall and Tuesday Nov. 7th at Port City Blue is Naked Shakespeare’s second show of the 2017-18 season.  This beautiful adaption is comprised of an all-female cast, and tells the stories of six well-known heroines through dance, mask, and music.  Mark your calendars as this is not to be missed!  All shows at 7pm.

(Rehearsing Scene 5 with Ophelia and the Gaoler’s Daughter)

More info and tickets: Sirens

24-Hour Theatre Festival is live!

It is that time once again! The 24-Hour Theatre Festival (presented by Acorn Productions) applications are live! They are open until November 30th at 11:59PM, so get your app in before it’s too late! If you want to participate in some raw and brand-spanking-new theatre this is for you!

We will be performing at Mechanics Hall on January 6th and another outside venue on the 7th or 8th to be announced soon! It’s an exciting new chance for the participants to perform this brand new material more than once.

**Please note: Participants are all chosen by lottery and will be announced the first week in December.

Applications here:  24 Hour Application

Just Announced: Stage Combat workshop

Check out all of these fall workshops still to come at Acorn:

Auditioning Techinques for Commercials and Cold Reads
taught by Jared Culverhouse
Saturday, October 14 from 1 to 4pm – $35

click here for more info or to register

Stage Combat for Everyone
taught by Max Waszak
Saturday, November 18 from 10am to 2pm – $40

click here for more info or to register

Creative Ownership Inside Shakespeare: Devising Your Path as an Artist
taught by Christopher Beaulieu
Friday, December 15 from 6 to 9pm
Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 10am to 4pm – $250

click here for more info or to register

Naked Shakespeare opens new season with “ShapeShifters”


adapted and directed by Michael Levine

 featuring scenes from King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night

Preview performance – Thursday, October 5 at 7pm

First Friday October 6 at 7pm
(free – $10 suggested donation)

Both shows in The Ballroom at Mechanics Hall

Special additional performance!

Monday, October 9 at 7pm at the Portland House of Music
($10 all ages)

click here for more information or to purchase tickets

Fall Acting Classes and Workshops

AcornAcademycolorTake your first steps into the world of performance, or learn more about an aspect of your craft in one of our fall offerings!

Classes (all run for 8 weeks unless otherwise specified)

Acting for Ordinary People
The Uta Hagen Technique
Shakespeare Conservatory: Creating Character & Context – Sonnets in Performance
Scene Study
Crafting a One Act Play

Workshops (run on date(s) listed)

The Grounded Fighter (9/16)
Intro to Viewpoints (9/30 and 10/1)
Audition Techniques for Commercials and Cold Reads (10/14)
The Grounded Fighter (9/16)