ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre recently received two grants to support its Family Series programming. The Strand Family Series offers high-quality arts programming for all ages, with “Pay-What-You-Can” admission prices so that cost is not a barrier to attend, according to the Theatre, in a news release.
The Maine Arts Commission (MAC), an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, awarded a grant for Mother Kofi: Tales of an African Princess. This production of African music and dance by Alphonso Horne will feature dancers from Rockland’s Studio Red.
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) awarded the Strand a New England States Touring program grant, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. The funding will support a production of Go Home, Tiny Monster by Boston-based visual theater ensemble The Gottabees.
“We’re thrilled to receive support from these two esteemed funding agencies for our Strand Family Series,” said Brittany Parker, education coordinator for the Strand, in the release. “With their help, we are able to share these incredible artists with the Midcoast Maine community at our signature Pay-What-You-Can admission price. It’s a great opportunity to bring the whole family to enjoy a show at the Strand!”
Mother Kofi: Tales of an African Princess will be performed on November 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Go Home, Tiny Monster will be presented on May 2, at 11 a.m.
Other shows in the series are Everybody Loves Pirates by the Frogtown Puppeteers on January 4, at 11 a.m.; New Orleans band Jazzy Ash and the Leapin Lizards on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., and two live animation productions by Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself and Intimately Yours on April 3, at 6:30 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, became a nonprofit in January 2014 and is now operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. It is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland.
For more information about the theater visit www.rocklandstrand.comor call (207) 594-0070.