Encore swings into spring season with Saturday’s Gala

A scene from Encore’s production of “Mamma Mia!” during Encore’s summer drive-thru event last year. The virtual Encore Gala is Saturday night.

After a prolonged quiet period due to the coronavirus pandemic, Encore is gearing up for a very busy spring starting with its virtual Gala Saturday night.

The Gala, which is free to view online through a link on the Encore website, will begin with a virtual cocktail party. Attendees are encouraged to prepare their own drinks, dress up and share comments and pictures.

There will be a look back at the 2020 season, which included “A Chorus Line” before the pandemic hit and Encore’s drive-thru production as well. The Volunteer of the Year will be named as well as the latest inductee into the Encore Hall of Fame.

Finally, plans for the 2021 season will be unveiled.

The Gala isn’t the only thing on the theatrical company’s plate. Video auditions for “Almost Maine” are due Saturday as well. The show will be March 19-26, will have limited in person seating and will be streamed online as well.

“You can buy a ticket to watch it online,” Kathy Jones-Terry Litz said.

Encore Evenings at the Country Club are continuing as well. On the first Friday of each month at The Country Club, there will be a musical cabaret-type show featuring local talent. Tickets are $20.

Beginning Feb. 20 and 21, Encore on Main will host its ETC Solo series. For the first edition, Encore’s interim director Dennis Elkins will perform his solo show “Box.” It begins at 7 p.m.

“He’s performed it all over the world,” Litz said. “It’s funny but it’s also full of pathos and emotion. It’s a really neat piece.”

Tickets are $20 and available on Encore’s website.

Litz added Encore has multiple education programs ongoing with Lisa Biery leading the charge. There are classes for adults and children of all ages as well homeschool classes.

“The whole curriculum is on our website,” Litz said.

Encore Jr. was recently recognized for its virtual performance at Junior Theatre Festival. Students representing Encore won a Freddie G Excellence in Dance award and a Freddie G Excellence in Music award at the festival, which happened in January. Go to www.citizentribune.com or download the Citizen Tribune App for video from their performance.

Encore hopes its youth can do a spring tour of its Frozen Jr. show as well.