Welcome to the Maine Repertory Theater website. We’re glad you stopped in, if even for just a bit. The following should give you an idea of what we’re about; probably more info than what you need, and as with all businesses just beginning there will be changes made as we move along. We’ll do our best to keep you updated with the latest, and we thank you in advance for your visit to our website and your anticipated patronage.
Maine Repertory Theater is home to the region’s newest production company and performance venue, founded by Steve Burnette and David Hanright. Located in the Pepperell Mill in the heart of downtown Biddeford, Maine Rep is an intimate sixty-seat theater presenting a variety of entertaining, thought-provoking, typically light-hearted productions; including improv, sketch comedy, murder mystery dinner theater, old time radio shows, published works, special events, and the occasional world premiere of an original script, while serving freshly popped popcorn, candy, soda, wine, and craft and domestic beers.
But Maine Rep is so much more. We are a performing arts organization dedicated to helping non-profits in our community.
What’s a show by The Chamber of Comedy about? Your guess is as good as ours as the area’s top improv comedy performers present a two-act evening of jaw-dropping, knee-slapping, beverage-spurting-through your nose original comedy, based on suggestions by you, our (mostly) lovely audience. Five or six of our ensemble of twelve improv comedy masters perform on any given night, and since no two casts are ever alike, and no two audiences are ever alike, no two shows are ever alike, and that’s great, especially if our previous show stunk like a wet towel in a hot Buick.
With The Chamber of Comedy, every night is opening night! And you know what that means, lots of cards, candies, and flowers.
Public performances are Saturday nights at 8:00 PM.
The Chamber of Customized Comedy is a unique and exciting entertainment option, reaching out to corporations, fraternal organizations, small businesses, wedding parties, and non-profits for private, sold-house performances.
Ideal for any small-to-midsize group or organization looking for a fresh alternative to thank your fellow industry professionals, employees, their families, your potential customers, or those just looking for an outside the box evening of laughter for sixty of their closest friends. Come to think of it, we're not such a bad idea for hosting your fundraiser too.
Customized Comedy shows are available Sunday through Friday nights, and obviously must be arranged in advance.
Ever wanted to try your hand at improv comedy?
Looking for a class that could help you with your shyness or public awkwardness?
Tired of reading questions in italics?
LAUGH You is an affordable school for improv and sketch comedy creation and performance taught exclusively at Maine Rep.
Workshops are offered to three age groups, 7th and 8th graders, high school students, and adults. Small size workshops will meet once a week for ninety minutes for five weeks for the first level, then six weeks for each level thereafter. LAUGH You student Progress Performance Nights for invited friends and family are offered following the completion of level two and level four, with a public performance presented at the completion of the entire program.
We encourage our patrons attending any performance to bring with them a donation of non-perishable food items. At the end of each month we will divide and deliver your donations to the Biddeford Food Pantry and The Saco Food Pantry. This program we like to call our United We Weigh Foodraising Campaign. To date, because of your generosity, Maine Rep has delivered over 850 pounds of food between the two pantries.
As part two of our Legacy Project Maine Rep will also donate 2% of every ticket sold in 2019 to Habitat for Humanity - York County, and another 2% to Volunteers of America - Northern New England, and their ongoing work with Cabin in the Woods, creating housing for our homeless veterans. We thank them for their bravery and honorable service to our country.
LAUGH You is an affordable school for improv and sketch comedy creation and performance, taught exclusively at Maine Rep.
Spring schedule will be announced soon for middle school, high school students and adults.