Andrew Simon at The Barn. The Barn Arts Collective has a pair of shows coming up, one at The Barn, another at Chummy’s Boathouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE

Barn Arts mounts new, returning shows

TREMONT — The Barn Arts Collective is collaborating on the production of “In a Sea of Faces” at Chummy’s Boathouse Aug. 5-7 and 12-13, as well as an animal glam rock musical on weekend nights, Aug. 19-21 and 26-28.

“After a busy few months of showcasing works in development from visiting resident artists, we’re thrilled to be presenting two fully realized productions,” said Barn Arts co-producer Brittany Parker.

“In a Sea of Faces” is a folk opera about a sinking island and the family that’s sinking with it, written by Jahn Sood and directed by Katie Melby. Sood, who currently resides in New York, has been a longtime summer resident of MDI and used his experiences on the island as source material for the new show. With music direction by Max Mamon, the production features several local performers and musicians as well as professional performers from New York City.

“This is our biggest show since ‘Rocky Horror’ in October and our first time staging a full production at this venue,” said Barn Arts co-founder Andrew Simon. The space for the show is an active boathouse that holds antique boats during the winter months and has been offered for performances to the Barn Arts Collective by Bass Harbor Boats owner Rich Helmke. “The space is incredible, and we’re so grateful for Rich’s generosity,” said Simon. “The soaring ceilings make the acoustics amazing, and the earth and rocks on the ground are a perfect fit for this show and Jahn’s music.”

“Traveling Musicians” is a musical adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale “The Traveling Musicians of Brementown.” The show features a rooster, donkey, cat and dog who create a glam rock band that has toured the world and is coming together one last time for a reunion concert. Originally created by NYC theater company 3 Sticks, a previous version of the show played at the Barn in the summer of 2014. This year, 3 Sticks has teamed up with Barn Arts to remount the production as a family-friendly event.

“‘Traveling Musicians’ was the first full production that we staged in The Barn … . We’re thrilled to be remounting it for audiences of all ages. With music that spans several popular genres, themes of creativity, individuality and acceptance, and a cast of furry and feathered rock stars, this is a perfect show to close out our summer season.”

Chummy’s Boathouse is down the street from the Barn at 2 Mitchell Road and Route 102. Both shows play at the boathouse at 7 p.m. All shows are by donation. Visit

This story was updated on Aug. 15 at 4:20 p.m.


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