Barn Arts Collective co-founder Andrew Simon addresses a crowd at the group’s barn last year. The 2016 performance season opens May 27. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Barn Arts opens with busy weekend

TREMONT — The Barn Arts Collective will kick off what its actors hope will be its biggest season yet with two Memorial Day weekend performances on Friday and Saturday nights, May 27-28, at 7 p.m.

Bar Harbor resident Ezra Halkett will present his one-man show, “On We Go!” on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. This original play with songs, comedy and profound observations is directed by Barn Arts co-founder Andrew Simon, with music backed by the Barn Family Band.

The Barn’s official opening night concert party, “The Jump Off,” will start on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The evening will include a preview of the upcoming season, musical garden tours, a live auction, refreshments and performances from two accomplished music groups: Rose Hips and Ships and the Fishkill Quintet.

Rose Hips and Ships, a folksy bluesy jazzy crew of Mainers turned Brooklynites turned Mainers again, centers around the original songs of Mount Desert Island-native and banjo player Katherine Perkins.

The Fishkill Quintet, a community of Maine and New York-based musicians who comprise Fishkill Records, includes Maine natives Chris Doyle and Ross Gallagher, new Maine resident Danny Fisher-Lochhead and musical collaborators from Brooklyn, Zach Lane and Kyle Wilson.

The rest of the summer and fall season will see some returning resident artists and projects, including FORGE’s remix of Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” in which the audience chooses the king each night; composer Jahn Sood’s musical “In a Sea of Faces” about a sinking island and the family sinking with it; the Designated Movement Company’s “This Beach Used to Be a Dancehall,” a new dance incorporating local MDI students; and 3 Stick’s “Traveling Musicians,” an animal glam rock show re-imagined for a family audience by the Barn Arts Collective. The season also brings new artists to MDI, including the New York Neo-Futurists, Sam Tower-plus Ensemble, Women in Combat Theatre Project, Atlanta Alumni Project and The New Wild.

The Barn Arts residency hallmark event, the Hamilton Project is scheduled for the first week of July.


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