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Nov. 20 — USM theatre and dance collaborate on original performance “A Winter Idyll…with Spring in Sight”


Press Contacts:
Danielle Vayenas, USM Director of Communications, 207-780-4150, 207-239-5715 (cell)

Maureen Puia, PR/Event Promotions Associate, 207-780-4200

USM Department of Theatre contact:
Janice Gardner, Audience Services & Student Recruitment Coordinator, 207-780-5289

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USM theatre and dance collaborate on original performance “A Winter Idyll…with Spring in Sight”

The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre celebrates the beauty and magic of the season with an original performance of spoken word, dance and music, “A Winter Idyll… with Spring in Sight.” The one weekend show runs Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9 and is a collaboration with the Dance program. All performances take place on the USM Gorham campus in historic Russell Hall.

The evening of dance and spoken word, accompanied by live and recorded music, will explore the magic of the winter months and the promise of spring. Starting with the beauty of fall, the performance tracks the long months - the first snowfall to the winter solstice, then culminating in the miraculous prospect of spring. The show is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Andrew Harris, Department of Theatre Chair, directs the piece and Maria Tzianabos is the director of dance.

For Meghan Labelle, a junior health science major, the piece has provided a unique chance to choreograph for the stage: “I’ve never choreographed before and I’m thankful that Maria gives all of us a chance to do this. I’ve also enjoyed that all the other students in my class have come up with their own choreography.”

Of the creation process, Tzianabos says, “Andrew and I developed the theme and basic concept and then set off with our casts to create the scenes separately. The dancers are students of my choreography class and our work in the classroom is highly collaborative. I think the creative process of puzzling the pieces together has been a great experience for the students.”

The Department of Theatre will be collecting food and cash donations for the Gorham Food Pantry during the run, audiences are encouraged to contribute.

Performance dates and times:
Evenings: December 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: December 9, 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices:
$16 for adults, $8 for students, and $12 for seniors, USM employees and alumni.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit USM Theatre online at or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151. Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Janice Gardner at (207)780-5289 or

Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.


Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.