where Maine goes to laugh...
well one of the places anyway
where Maine goes to laugh...
well one of the places anyway
Ah…the merry month of January. The start of a brand New Year; bringing great promise, a sense of rebirth, another chance to right our ship of wrongs while proclaiming a renewed batch of resolutions - all designed with the hope and desire to improve our situations physically, spiritually, financially, and emotionally.
Then January 2nd rears its ugly head.
We hope you and yours are successfully eluding this nasty virus that continues to rudely hang over our masked heads. And we also hope you’ve been taking advantage of this month to catch up with the weekly, prize wanting “Week in Review” video updates Dave and I have been presenting for the better part of the past six months, which you can find if you scan further down this page, past the screaming Amanda. We plan to return with new weekly updates starting Saturday, February 6, and they promise to be 37% funnier than the updates we’ve been doing.
In mid-December we held what we call a "Food Drive-By" where we drove around and picked up donated food and financial contributions - that we in turn split between and delivered to the Biddeford Food Pantry and the Saco Food Pantry. A big thanks to all those who participated. Congratulations to Laura Hunt for contributing the most and thereby winning her choice of any one of my promotional headshots from my youth when I called myself an actor. Oddly enough we reached out to Laura about her winning nearly a month ago and we still haven't heard back from her about which photo she has chosen. We hope to hold another "Food Drive-By" sometime in the Spring.
We continue our search for a new venue to call home for when the Covid coast is finally clear. We’re hoping that will be this spring, but we’ll see. Meanwhile, if you have an idea on a location that you think we might not have considered by all means please send us a quick note and give us the scoop.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of Maine Rep and The Chamber of Comedy. And for those with any resolutions still intact, congratulations, keep up the good work. I’ll eat that donut on your behalf!
WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE…
We would like to thank the following individuals who have shown such generosity and faith in our work before this pandemic forced us to close more than nine months ago. We feel extremely blessed for the help from our Maine Rep and Chamber of Comedy friends and family. If not for your financial aid or in-kind contributions during this down time Maine Repertory Theater and The Chamber of Comedy would be just a memory. But because of you, we still have a future.
Lois Samuels Doctor Harry Chamberlin Alan Burnette
Brenda Hoyt Brackman Dixie Squires Molly McGill
Sherry Corbeil David Hanright Pam Stevens
Melissa Suey Stephanie Wigginton Alyssa Hochheiser
Sarah S. Thompson Randy Hunt Ann Fisher
Lucy Brown Samuel Kuykendall Lulubell Anzalone
Andrew D’Angio White Lori Sukalas Cindy Kueck
Emily Judkins Kelly Thayer Bill Southwick
Dan Jackson Maureen Cain Ted Freeman
Joan Brochu Kathleen Burke Cordelia Lane
David Ciampa Jill Irving Mary Ellen White
Donald Wiggins Kelly Gunn Dorothy Mathes
Andrea Perry Anne Morin Kathyryn Letellier
Ian Hoyt Courtney Kurlanska Joe Pagano
Gail Krusec Jon Cofield Girth Spangley
Christine Leach Christine Madden Sean Murphy
Sandy and Joe Mekonis Dennis and Laura Hunt
Ottilie and Spiros Droggitis Nathan and Erin Greene
Joyce and Stan Sobus
Mike Israelson, General Courier
Deb Whitworth, HR Studio Group LLC
Jennifer Bourgeault, Collective Motion Arts Center
Bob LeBlanc, Balderdash Academy
Bob Letellier, RE/MAX
And the list keeps growing. May we add YOUR name next?
Your support and contribution will enable us to open back up at a new location and continue to serve the community all the while making you bust a gut laughing. It'll also allow Amanda to continue scaring Nate.
Here is our go fund me page link to donate here as well.
Welcome to the Maine Repertory Theater website. We’re glad you stopped in, if even for just a bit.
Founded in 2018 by Steve Burnette and David Hanright Maine Repertory Theater is the region’s newest production company, presenting a variety of entertaining, thought-provoking, typically light-hearted productions; including improv, sketch comedy, mystery dinner theater, original radio shows, trivia nights, game shows, comedy festivals, published works, special events, and the occasional world premiere of an original script.
Maine Rep is dedicated to helping non-profits and others in need in our community, providing a number of benefit performances for various causes and individuals while also raising over one ton of food for the local food pantries through our Legacy Project's United We Weigh Foodraising Campaign.
What’s a show by The Chamber of Comedy about? Your guess is as good as ours as the area’s top improv comedy performers present a two-act evening of jaw-dropping, knee-slapping, beverage-spurting-through your nose original comedy, based on suggestions by you, our mostly lovely audience. Five or six of our ensemble of thirteen improv comedy masters perform on any given night, and since no two casts are ever alike, and no two audiences are ever alike, no two shows are ever alike, and that’s great, especially if our previous show stunk like a wet towel hidden under the front seat of a hot Buick in August.
With The Chamber of Comedy, every night is opening night!
The Chamber of Customized Comedy is a unique and exciting entertainment option, reaching out to corporations, fraternal organizations, small businesses, wedding parties, and non-profits for private, customized performances.
Ideal for any small-to-midsize group or organization looking for a fresh alternative to thank your fellow industry professionals, employees, their families, potential customers, or those just looking for an outside the box evening of laughter. Come to think of it, we're not such a bad idea for your next fundraiser as well.
We encourage our patrons attending any performance to bring with them a donation of non-perishable food items. At the end of each month we will deliver your donations to Seeds of Hope, right here in Biddeford. This program we like to call our United We Weigh Foodraising Campaign. Because of your generosity, Maine Rep collected and delivered over one ton of food in 2019 between the Biddeford Food Pantry and Saco Food Pantry.
Ever wanted to try your hand at improv comedy?
Looking for a class that can help with your shyness or public awkwardness?
Tired of reading these questions in italics?
LAUGH You is an affordable school for improv and sketch comedy creation and performance taught exclusively at Maine Rep.
Ninety-minute workshops are offered to three age groups, 7th and 8th graders, high school students, and adults. These small size groups will meet once a week for six weeks, then if interested and if requirements have been met students will have the option to advance to the next level after a brief break.
LAUGH You Student Progress Performance Nights for invited friends and family are offered following the completion of level two and level four, with a public performance presented at the completion of the entire program.
Given the current COVID-19 Virus outbreak we are reassessing when and where we will be offering our next session of classes. Please visit this section often or drop us an email requesting schedule updates as we have them available.