Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport awarded grant
supporting community arts engagement
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport (ACAF) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Theater Fund in support of a community-based production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town. The production will feature a multi-generational cast drawn from residents of the towns of Freeport, Durham, Pownal and surrounding areas, designed in collaboration with local visual and performing artists and musicians. The grant will support ACAF’s mission to incite creative collaboration, increase access to the arts, and amplify the arts as powerful tools to build community.
ACAF will partner with local organizations, including Freeport Community Library, to reach and engage a broad range of participants from variety of backgrounds. Says ACAF Board President Nancy Salmon, “We are thrilled to launch this community-wide project using the play to discover and strengthen our connections with each other and this place. People of all ages and perspectives are invited to participate in the many activities being developed to meet each other and enjoy what makes our town our town, our community.”
The production will be directed by Freeport resident Nathaniel Warren-White, a theater professional whose credits include stints with McCarter Theatre in New Jersey and the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. Closer to home, Nat is a founding member of the Theater Project in Brunswick, where he directed Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy starring Freeport’s own Siham Mohamed. Says White, “After nearly 50 years careening around the world on various theatrical and teaching gigs, I am thrilled to be back in my hometown to help create this production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town. What a wonderful community creation to help open Meetinghouse Arts!”
All ages and backgrounds are invited to participate. No prior acting experience is necessary. The project will begin with group readings and discussion held via Zoom, with plans to meet in person this spring. Rehearsals will continue throughout the spring and summer, culminating in full production at Meetinghouse Arts in October.
The first two sessions will take place via Zoom on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm and Sunday, March 13 at 2pm. All are welcome– to read aloud, to discuss the play, or just to listen. Anyone interested or merely curious in learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .