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    Posted September 7, 2012

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Stonington Opera House Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME (SPT) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Stonington Opera House with a production of the original opera BURT DOW: DEEP WATER MAN and by raising $3,064.81 (plus one Canadian $5 bill) for the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association over their 8-show run. “It just seemed to be the right fit,” says cast member Doug Shapiro, who played the title role and helped to organize the campaign, “Deer Isle is where Robert McCloskey (the author of the story) and the actual people on whom the story was based actually lived. This community knows the real risks fishermen and women face every time they go out onto the water. The Island Fishermen’s Wives Association continues to work tirelessly to ensure that all fishermen that go out on the water have the tools and resources (including swimming lessons!) that they need to keep themselves and their crews safe. The audience members in the 250-seat house really came through, donating 10s, 20s and the occasional 50 into buckets that, we bragged in the post-show appeal, were actually used in the production they had just seen.”

AEA members include (L-R) Tara Schoch Frederickson, Demetri Bonaros, Robbi Thornburg Starnegg, Doug Shapiro (center, Fisherman’s hat) Danny Arnold (blue cap/yellow shirt)
NOT PICTURED: Britanny Baratz; Stage Manager: Jennifer Caster; ASM Kaitlin Kelly

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