Doors open at 3:30 pm|
Event begins at 4:00 pm
When you bring together the exciting mix of experience and youthful optimism on one stage, you are guaranteed an evening to remember. So to achieve that there can be no better way than to assemble a group that includes one of the most famous poets in the nation right now, Richard Blanco (Presidential Inaugural Poet), one of the most well-known supporters of the arts in Maine, Suzanne Nance (MPBN Classic Music Presenter), and ten high school students vying to represent Maine at a national poetry recitation competition.
This live, and completely free event, features an astonishing contest of masterful poetry recitation from students that have made their way through several rounds of competition to be at the Gracie Theatre on March 20.
The event will begin with an introduction and poetry reading from Richard Blanco, and then continue with our emcee for the evening, Suzanne Nance. Suzanne will welcome our competitors to the stage as they recite in front of a panel of expert judges in order to be recognized as Maine's State Champion.
The students competing in the final are listed below. Come along and show your support of great poetry, and of course your local region.
Iman Omar - Deering High School
Christian E. Heath - Gardiner Area High School
Skyler Samuelson - Merriconeag Waldorf High School
Jai Aslam - Messalonskee High School
Isabelle Fall - Mt. Ararat High School
Abigail Abbott - Rangeley Lakes Regional School
Brianna Housman - Searsport District High School
Morgan Wiggan - Thornton Academy
Bethanie Brown - Waterville Senior High School
Dyer Rhoads - Waynflete School
Poetry Out Loud is a national program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. The competition begins in Maine's schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to appear at the state final. One student moves on from the state final to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.
We are expecting a full house for this event, so please reserve your spaces early to avoid disappointment.
The Gracie Theatre (View)
1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|