The Belfast Maskers, a community theater group based in Belfast, Maine, present “Picnic”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge.
2010 was the 4th year the Maskers have presented summer plays outdoors in Belfast’s Steamboat Landing Park, and the first year the “Festival Stage” has been used. John Bielenberg, professor emeritus of theater at Binghamton University of New York and presently a Belfast resident, designed and built the stage for the Maskers and for the community in general. The staging is assembled in June at the park, used for summer plays and stored away for off-season.
The set on the stage was designed for “Picnic” by Linden Frederick, a well known Maine artist. The classic summer romance was directed by Matt Ames, produced by Lilias Outerbridge and stage managed by Rebecca Stuart. The cast featured Elise Morrow-Schap, Reid Connell, Sonia Vazquez, Nicholas Abounader, Chris Goosman, Jennifer Lowe, Robin Jones, Zach Hewins, R.J. Keller, Danielle Bannister, and Clare Olson. Tom Sadowski operates light controls in this panorama.
The Maskers offer five to seven productions per year, most in their nearby waterfront theater when not in the park. They also offer a Children’s Theater Camp and classes and workshops for various age groups. The Maskers produced their first play in 1987 and in 1990 incorporated as a not-for-profit business.
The land where the summer plays are staged used to be the site of Belfast’s chicken processing industry. In 1999, MBNA, a locally based corporation, cleaned up the waterfront property and donated it to the City of Belfast part of which became Steamboat Landing Park .The gazebo is used for weddings, concerts and picnics The park sees extensive use in summer months.
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