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.