Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: The Tortoise vs. The Hare

Waterville Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children’s Theatre, an internationally recognized touring group, to present sessions of theater camp during February and summer vacations for students in the first through eighth grades. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance, with scenery, costumes, and props. Theatre camp provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the theatrical process. The camp is open for children in grades 1 through 8.

The cost is $220 per session. A sibling discount and partial scholarships are available. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per session is required at time of registration. Please make checks payable to “Waterville Opera House.”

If you have any questions, please call 207.873.7000.

THE TORTOISE VS. THE HARE: Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

Business Breakfast Series

This is a monthly series of presentations on a variety of educational business topics. Includes a hot breakfast buffet.


This week:

Doing Business in a Digital World

Andrew Silsby, president and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank, will discuss the importance of building and maintaining customer service in a digital world.


Members with registration: $18

General and at door admission: $25

Registration required

intermediate wheel class- 6 week workshop november

Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Begins November 11.

This six-week pottery class is perfect for the individual with wheel throwing and centering clay experience who would like to further refine their skills. In this class, students will build upon basic pottery skills including building and throwing forms, creating more complex vessels including but not limited to, large bowls, dinner plates, lidded vessels, stacked and altered wheel forms. Bring your ideas and sketches to use as a place of departure.

The class fee includes a 25-pound bag of clay, all glazes, and kiln firings during the class period. Each student can access the studio from 6am- 8pm on weekdays and from 9am- 5pm on weekends–except when other scheduled classes are in session.)

Basic pottery/clay experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Yvonne Brown, Clay Studio Manager

*Prices do not include ticket handling fees.

SMBCME – Be Seen on Screen: Using Social Media to Enhance Your Brand

Presentation Description:
Join SMBCME and HAIBI for our November Social Media Breakfast presented by our very own Nate Towne from Waterville Creates! and Christopher Hastings Confections. If you don’t know Nate, then you’re in for a treat!

Nate will share his wealth of knowledge including content formatting on the largest social media networks – what works and what doesn’t. He will also provide inside information on the ever-changing social media algorithms and marketing tricks to keep your head above the scroll! Learn what’s important and what’s not so you can effectively be the marketer you know you can be.

This is one event you don’t want to miss. If you’re a marketer, a business owner or an avid social media practitioner, you’ll want to attend our final social media breakfast of the year!

Speaker Biography:
Nate Towne is the marketing director for Waterville Creates!, a non-profit connecting artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in the central Maine community, as well as the co-owner of Christopher Hastings Confections, an artisan chocolate shop in downtown Waterville.

With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, including the founding of his own PR practice and working for some of the leading small advertising agencies in the country, Nate knows the learning never ends. Once sought after for his consumer product launch expertise, he now runs the day-to-day marketing programs for an art house cinema, a 116 year old opera house, the largest and oldest film festival in Maine, a community art gallery, visual arts classroom, clay and 3D printing studios, and the somewhat nebulous non-profit organization that binds them all together. All this and chocolate too. Life is good!

When not marketing the arts or chocolate, Nate is the chair of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council and markets all our region has to offer.

beginning wheel class- 6 week workshop october SOLD OUT

Thursday Dates: October 10, 17, 24, (not the 31), November 7, 14, 21

This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration and glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of wheel throwing.

Included in the class is a 25-pound bag of clay, all glazes needed, and kiln firings during the class period. Also, each student can come to use the studio outside of class from 6am until 8pm on weekdays and from 9am until 5pm on weekends. ( Occasionally there will be a class using the wheels on specific nights which will be posted on our calendar in the studio space.)

No experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 7 students

*Prices do not include per ticket handling fees.