The Stevensville Playhouse is organizing three outdoor summer events to thank the community and bring the community together.
One event is scheduled for each month of summer, a talent show (registration due June 22), the final performance of ‘A Red Plaid Shirt” and “Acoustic Mic Night.”
“We wanted to give back to our community that supports us and be able to have people participate in something,” said Jaime Williams, playhouse event organizer. “With events and shows being cancelled we just wanted a way to give back and connect with our community.”
First up is the Stevensville Kids Talent Show beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Lewis and Clark Park. To participate, registration is required by Monday, June 22.
“It is for adults and families,” Williams said. “All of the talent shows at the schools were canceled because of the COVID-19. A lot of those kids had already practiced their talents that they weren’t able to showcase. So, we wanted to give them the opportunity to perform.”
The free event (for performers and audience) has no pressure as there is there is no judging, just performances featuring kids and supporting adults.
“There will be no prizes, no first, second or third place, it is just for fun,” Williams said. “We thought there might be families locked up together that want to show some fun stuff like a father-daughter song, or a mother-son song or just whatever that brings the community together.”
There will be a stage set up in Lewis and Clark Park.
“Everyone needs to provide their own music if they want music and any props that they want,” Williams said. “We’ll provide the stage, the microphone and they can have at it.”
Next is the rescheduled final performance of ‘A Red Plaid Shirt,’ a comedy about the perils of retirement, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, also in Lewis and Clark Park.
“The show was canceled the night before the final performance due to COVID-19,” Williams said. “So there were a lot of people that wanted to see it but hadn’t been able to and people who bought tickets that we refunded.”
Williams said the show had received great reviews.
“People talked about it and so we’re bringing it back,” she said. “People can come watch it for free. It is a hoot and such a fun show. It is about two couples who hit retirement and they are trying to figure out who they are and what’s next in their life.”
Williams co-directed the comedy with Christy Uskoski.
“From the very first time we read the script to the last time we watched the show we were in tears laughing, it is just a hoot,” Williams said. “If you loved it before or missed it before here’s your chance.”
The performance in the park will be a different experience.
“The lights won’t be the same, the sound effects won’t be the same but that’s okay, this show is so fun it is not going to matter,” Williams said. “It will be different for all of us, in an exciting way. In a world of change right now you have to do what you have to do.”
The third event is Acoustic Mic Night at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, in Lewis and Clark Park.
The event is open to all musicians and there is no pre-registration required.
“Register at the event,” Williams said. “The requirements are there are no recordings, no music, no prerecorded scenes and bring your own instrument (no electric instruments are allowed). You can get in front of a mic with your guitar and sing. Or you can play with your bluegrass band, or whatever. Just acoustics. Just a time to bring everyone together for just a really good night.”
The event is free to participate in, free to watch and each performer has a three song limit so the evening moves along quickly.
Bring your own chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner for three casual nights of community fun organized by the Stevensville Playhouse.
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