About the RFA
For forty-nine years, The Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts (RFA) has been “Bringing the ARTS to Life!” by presenting a broad array of high quality arts programs. Mixing local artists with professionals from outside the area inspires our youth, families, seniors and visitors to learn, to create, and to appreciate the Arts. After years of renting available venues, the RFA now has a home, the Lakeside Theater, in the heart of downtown!
The RFA is in its 49th year of growth with a positive bottom line.
The RFA provides direct benefits to all 200 youth in the Rangeley Region, through:
- Sponsoring school trips to venues like the Portland Symphony and Portland Museum of Art
- Presenting a college scholarship to a graduating senior
- 2 weeks of Summer Drama Camp
- A week-long Summer Music Camp
- Dance lesson scholarships
- Musical Instrument Instruction Scholarships
- Providing space for dance lessons and semi-annual dance recitals
- Annually sponsoring a professional actors Artist-in Residence at the school
- Providing technical assistance for school productions: their annual Musical, Poetry Out Loud, Night on Broadway, Talent Show and other events.
- Providing production assistance and production training for school productions
- Our Annual Community Musical Production, which usually involves as many students as adults
The RFA benefits the local community by:
- Buying locally whenever possible/using local contractors
- Bringing in 8 professional arts events yearly: Classical, Ragtime, Celtic—music of all sorts, Art Shows, Photography exhibits, International Night…
- Making available for rent the only fully-functioning auditorium space within a 45 mile radius
- Bringing contemporary and classic movies to the area year round
For our complete Annual Report, please click HERE.