Past Events

Past RFA Events

“Finn MacCool” performed by Theater at Monmouth

Actors from Theater at Monmouth

Actors from Theater at Monmouth

Theater at Monmouth returned to RLRS on May 15, 2013 for a world premiere adaptation of classic literature.

The Legend of Finn MacCool  was adapted to build analytical and literacy skills through the exploration of verse and playwriting, fostering creativity and inspiring imaginative thinking.  The Legend of Finn MacCool is composed of three tales about the legendary third-century hero from Ireland.  These tales were selected to explore what helped make Finn a good friend, good neighbor, and good citizen.

After the performance, students were engaged in a question and answer session with the actors.

Page to Stage Tour workshops throughout the day offered students the opportunity to study, explore and view classic literature through performance.


Pre-schoolers and K-5 students enjoy a production of Finn MacCool

Pre-schoolers and K-5 students enjoy a production of Finn MacCool

RLRS Students attend “Wittenberg” and visit PMA


RLRS group scored the two front rows at Portland Stage

High school students, teachers and RFA representatives were blown away by their day in Portland, May 8, 2013.  In the morning, they attended a special presentation of the David Davalos play “Wittenberg” at Portland Stage.  The 2-hour show featured historical figures and characters that never crossed paths in “real life”, living side by side in 1500’s Wittenberg.  We find Hamlet attending the university as a student, with Dr. Faustus as his philosophy teacher, and Dr. Martin Luther as his professor of religion.  The two vie for Hamlet’s confused soul in a fresh, comical presentation featuring 4 seasoned actors.  There was a question and answer period for the students following the production.

After a quick lunch, the group headed over to Portland Museum of Art, where two docents joined them for a guided tour.  Not only did the group learn about the art housed in the main building, they were treated to the special exhibit of Pasey’s private collection, being shown at only five museums in the entire country before it will permanently be displayed at MoMA in NYC.  The Rangeley group boarded the bus to head back home after being completely enthralled by works by Monet, Degas, NC Wyeth, Renoir, Matisse and many others.

RLRS visits PMA

Maine Children’s Author Visits RLRS

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Lynn Plourde Children's author

Lynn Plourde Children’s author

On January 30, Maine children’s author Lynn Plourde visited the kindergarten through second grade students at Rangeley Lakes Regional School. In a multi-grade assembly Ms. Plourde presented a few of her 27 titles. With her use of lively student participation she invited the children into the magic of the rhyme and imagination of Dino Pets. Using her book Grandpappy Snippy Snappy children pondered the question, “How many uses can there be for a pair of suspenders?” A fun filled student dramatization of Pigs in the Mud brought to life the language of yet another of her books. During the day each primary classroom received an hour student workshop targeting grade level literacy curriculum goals. Continue reading

RFA brings Hamlet to Rangeley

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Theater at Monmouth presentation of Hamlet will be held at the Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on Friday, October 26. The Lakeside Theater and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts are partnering to bring this exciting show to the community of Rangeley.

Shakespeare’s murder/revenge tragedy of a court in crisis and a young man at a crossroads replete with ghosts, swordplay, and betrayal has fascinated audiences and actors alike for more than 400 years. Searching for meaning and justice in a world out of his control, Hamlet rebels against ageism and dogmatic authority while struggling to accept the loss of his father and understand his place in this world.

Monmouth, Maine – Theater at Monmouth’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities tour of Hamlet will play statewide at schools and performing arts centers October 22 through November 9, 2012. Seven actors take on this murder/revenge tragedy of a court in crisis and a young man at a crossroads, replete with ghosts, swordplay, and betrayal, in a tense and passionate 90 minutes.

TAM has provided literature-based education programs in schools and community centers since the Theater’s founding. Since 2005, TAM has taken the Bard on the road with Shakespeare in Maine Communities—60 to 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare with 5 to 8 actors. Plays are fully designed, rehearsed, and tour to schools and community centers. The target grade levels for this tour are middle and high schools; previous tours have reached more than 6,000 students.

The story of Prince Hamlet’s search for meaning and justice in a world beyond his control has fascinated audiences and actors alike for more than 400 years. Hamlet rebels against ageism and dogmatic authority while struggling to accept the loss of his father and understand his place in this world.

Hamlet features Max Waszak in the title role, Grace Bauer as Gertrude, Will Harrell as Claudius and the Ghost, Katie Sasso as Ophelia, Jay Shepherd as Horatio and the Player Queen, Michael Thomas as Laertes and the Player King, and Wendy Way as Polonius. Set by Jim Alexander; costumes by Jonna Klaiber.

General Admission Tickets ($10) will be available at the door for the 7PM performance.


RFA presents SEGUE

Friday, July 6th, 2012



On Thursday, July 19th at 7:30 p.m. Rangeley Friends of the Arts present SEGUE in Ritmo, Color y Pasión, a program that explores Spain’s flamenco dance, from the tragically romantic soleá to the passionate tientos and fiery tango, as well as the rich textural flavors of Cuba’s colombianas.

The flash of colorful flamenco skirts, the plaintive plucking of the guitar and the warmth of the violin’s voice thrilled SEGUE’s overflow audience at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium in April 2009. Highly regarded for captivating the listeners, SEGUE continues to perform to sold-out audiences, including the Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in NYC.

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Christmas Concert and Walk to Bethlehem

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

RFA Walk to Bethlehem

RFA Walk to Bethlehem

Rangeley Friends of the Arts will sponsor two programs to celebrate the Christmas season: December 7th Christmas Concert by the Rangeley Community Chorus and December 11th “Walk to Bethlehem” pageant.

The 34th annual “Walk to Bethlehem” to be held in Rangeley on Sunday, December 11th is a gift to the community from The Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Walkers and carolers are invited to join the beautifully costumed pageant participants as they stroll through the streets of Rangeley, stopping at each of the four churches (Catholic, Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal) asking for a place to stay. Each year, this reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago is a joyous evening in Rangeley.

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RFA presents American Wildlife Up Close

Over more than four decades, Gary Westerhoff has developed a passion for outdoor adventures that began with fly fishing for brook trout in the Rangeley area. This grew into a love for combining trout fishing with landscape and wildlife nature photography across America, Canada, Central America and South America. His wildlife images, featured in this presentation, catch the individual characteristics of the animals and their relation to the environment in which they live, often portraying the habits and family life of the animals.

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RFA Home and Garden Tour and Taste of Rangeley

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The 2012 RFA Home and Garden Tour and Taste of Rangeley will take place on Tuesday afternoon, August 7th from 1-4PM. Homes have been chosen which capitalize on Rangeley and Oquossoc’s beautiful setting of mountains and lakes as well as excellence in architecture, construction and interior décor. As you tour the four homes showcased in this year’s event, you will observe an array of life styles which share the common element of a passion for the unique quality of life afforded by Rangeley’s natural beauty and resources.

The tour of homes will culminate at the Bald Mountain Camps with THE TASTE OF RANGELEY, an appetizer extravaganza catered by local restaurateurs at 4:15PM. More than 12 restaurants will provide appetizers that will delight the festive crowd as they gather to celebrate Rangeley and the quality of life and events we are privileged to enjoy each year.



James D'Leon

James D’Leon

The Rangeley Public Library and the Rangeley Friends Arts, two Rangeley non-profit organizations, are partnering to offer an exciting afternoon and evening on Thursday, August 9th. Beginning at 4:00 pm you are invited to help celebrate the Rangeley Public Library with cocktails and a silent auction. For your entertainment Mike Blythe will be offering acoustic music and there will be delicious light fare, a cash bar provided by Bald Mtn. Camps and a fabulous silent auction. All of the auction items will be on display at the Library throughout July. Final bids will be taken at this celebration party. You don’t have to be present to win – just make sure you bid high enough so that no one will top your bid. The Library’s portion of this evening will end sharply at 6:30.

James D’Leon, Internation Steinway Artist

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