Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) In Collaboration With Broadway Palm Presents WEST SIDE STORY

October 18, 2019

"West Side Story: Classic. Powerful. Groundbreaking. Heartbreaking. All words that have been used to describe one of Broadway's most memorable and iconic pieces of musical theatre. The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in collaboration with Broadway Palm will present West Side Story as the first production in their brand-new Broadway at the LPAC series..."

Review: Theatre company stages a relevant ‘West Side Story’

July 17, 2018

"Katie Whittemore’s smart Anita plays wise mentor as well as bereaved sister, especially in an astonishing confrontation scene with the Jets..."

Review: Music, dance deepen the atmosphere of Theatre UCF's 'Bernarda Alba'

March 27, 2018

"Federico García Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” seethes with negative emotions — jealousy, repression, anger.

The Spanish playwright’s 1936 masterpiece was performed this season at Seminole State College. Now Theatre UCF takes a crack at the dark tale by presenting Michael John LaChiusa’s 2006 musical adaptation, titled simply “Bernarda Alba.”

'Of Thee I Sing' spreads love, not politics- NSM Today

October 17, 2017

"Diana Devereaux is played by 21-year-old musical theatre major Katie Whittemore. She based her role actually on another Devereaux, Blanche from “Golden Girls.” Whittemore, being a big fan of the show, got into the mindset of a southern belle that she deemed fit for the role.

But what makes Whittemore happy is that the show doesn’t push politics onto the audience; it shows the relevancy to how we have issues similar to ones of that time period.

“I think there’s just moments in the show that people will watch and see this president that likes to have a lot of fun and doesn’t know the right way to govern … people will take with that with what they may,” Whittemore said. "

"...Whittemore is clearly the American Ideal circa 1932..."

October 17, 2017

The main Va-Va-Voom factor here comes from Whittmore in her flattering red swim suit. When you first meet her, you think: “Woman scorned. Beware!” and Mr. President fails on that count." - Carl F Gauze.

BWW Review: UCF's OKLAHOMA! was more than just OK

April 09, 2017

"Oooook-Lahoma! Where the wind comes sweeping' down the plain..." Fun fact- that's the first thing that pops into my head whenever I think about the musical, OKLAHOMA!. But, with it's versatile musical scale and it's bold and meaningful storyline, OKLAHOMA is so much more than the story of good ol' country cowboys and farmers trying to get along and the making of a new American state....

BWW Review: Wish, Wish, Wish: The Magic of MSMT's ALADDIN

August 22, 2019

The young and young at heart were treated to a day of enchantment at Maine State Music Theatre today, when the company presented four performances of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's delightful musical retelling of Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont. Presented in a fully staged production, this timeless tale conjures up the magic of wish making, the power of love to transform, and the importance of believing in one's self...

MSMT’s Summer Internships Foster Show Biz Hopefuls

August 19, 2016


Continuing their long-running annual Educational Fellowship program, The Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick has played host to 20 interns this summer. The program, which helps early career professionals bridge the gap between education and professional theater, gives students a chance to work alongside Broadway professionals.

There are internship roles for multiple positions in the company including acting, directing, administration, production and stage art. Interns come from all over the country and go through a rigorous screening process before being chosen.

“My sister was an actor, and I always wanted to follow in her footsteps,” said Katie Whittemore of Lewis, New York, who attends the University of Central Florida. “I found out about this opportunity through SETC (Southern Educational Theater Conference).” Whittmore headed to SETC to audition soon after....

BWW Review: Playful, Joyous MAMMA MIA! Rocks MSMT Stage

August 12, 2019

The electric, near ecstatic atmosphere in Brunswick's Pickard Theater last night more closely resembled that of a rock concert than a theatre company opening. For months in advance, the sold out box office has signaled the joyful anticipation of Maine State Music Theatre's new production of Mamma Mia! - one of the first regionally for the blockbuster Broadway hit. But anticipation aside, it is the delivery here that is the story: a stunningly executed, intelligently staged, deliciously performed rendition of the 2001 long running ABBA musical that transformed the intimate Pickard Theater into a boisterous celebration.

BWW Review: MSMT's FIDDLER Weaves a Rich Tapestry of Tradition, Tears, and Joy

July 22, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre's third 2016 main stage production is a cause for celebration! After twenty-one years, the beloved Bock-Harnick musical, Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Pickard stage in a monumental production directed and choreographed by Gary John LaRosa, that stunningly weaves a rich and joyous tapestry of laughter, tears, and joy. Maintaining its perfect dramatic and emotional equipoise, this Fiddler on the Roof travels between tradition and change, monumental events and mastery of detail...

BWW Review: Spectacular EVITA Takes MSMT Stage by Storm

July 01, 2019

Twenty-five years after it was last presented at the Pickard Theater, Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice's masterpiece has returned in triumph to Maine State Music Theatre in a stunning new production directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. Boasting the largest cast in the company's history (46), this Evita is gripping and epic, at the same time that it is touchingly intimate and magnificently detailed. The size of the endeavor is both literal and figurative, for MSMT's Evita succeeds not only in its grand sweep, but also in the magnitude of its intangible assets - unsparing honesty, intensity, and emotional depth...

BWW Review: MSMT's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (and Dancing) Lives Up To Its Name

June 21, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre continues its impressive 2016 lineup of shows with two performances on June 20, 2016, of A Grand Night for Singing, a musical revue conceived by Walter Bobbie to showcase the glorious songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed and choreographed by Curt Dale Clarkwith tap choreography by Raymond Marc Dumont, the revue features a sixteen-member cast of young professionals drawn from the intern company and local Maine performers, who turn in a performance that offers not only grand singing and dancing, but also speaks to the huge reservoirs of talent that MSMT is proud to possess...

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