The Skowhegan
Opera House

 

*Lights Up Productions is a Maine Nonprofit Corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Contributions received by our donors are not tax-deductible.  Once we receive our exempt status, donations received while our application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to 11/14/2023.  If our application is not approved, contributions will not be considered tax-deductible.

Help us restore the Skowhegan Opera House to its glory!

History of the Skowhegan Opera House

Skowhegan is the Native American word for “spearing” or “place to watch.”  Bordering the mighty Kennebec River, the Skowhegan Opera House is an 840-seat hidden gem on the second floor of Skowhegan’s Municipal Building.  Built in 1907, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is currently underutilized, having mostly regularly scheduled dance recitals each year.  It is also very much in need of stage equipment updates and renovations.  Over the past decade, minimal funds have been raised.

 

Future Plans

Throughout 2024, Lights Up Productions plans to hold community outreach events with our friends and
affiliates. In February, you found us at some Somerset SnowFest events, in April, we attended KVCAP’s Skowpendous Family Fun Night, and in May we were at the dress rehearsal at Skowhegan Opera House to meet and greet parents and family members of the dancers in the Top Hat School of Dance Spring Recital!

In June, we will be at Town Meeting (6/10/24) to ask voters to vote in favor of us receiving funds for our nonprofit. Then on the 20th, we will be at Unwined for a “meet & greet” and a Summer Solstice Stroll down the sidewalk to host our first in various Showcase events in the lobby of Skowhegan Opera House!

We also plan to begin monthly Historical Tours, collect survey results, build our contact list, hire an Executive Director, and develop our Master Plan – which includes fundraising for renovating and restoring the venue with new bathrooms in the lobby, a new glass-enclosed stairway/fire escape overlooking the River Park, new backstage dressing rooms and bathrooms, and two new elevators for patrons and backstage. During the first weekend of December at the annual SKOW-Whoville event, we plan to have our first production of a children’s reader’s theater of A Christmas Carol and a show for adults called The Santaland Diaries.

Restoring the Beauty of the Skowhegan Opera House

Recent Fundraisers & Outreach

*Lights Up Productions is a Maine Nonprofit Corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Contributions received by our donors are not tax-deductible.  Once we receive our exempt status, donations received while our application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to 11/14/2023.  If our application is not approved, contributions will not be considered tax-deductible.

Somerset SnowFest Kick-Off Party

February 16th – 4 pm to 8 pm.

Join us for the Somerset SnowFest Kick-Off Party at
Bigelow Brewing

Somerset SnowFest

February 17th – 9 am to 3 pm

Join us at Somerset SnowFest at Lake George West Information/Fundraising Table from 9 am to 3 pm.
We will also have an Ice Hole World Championship team at Lake George East – the competition begins at 11 am!

Somerset SnowFest Ice Bar

February 23rd – 7 pm to 9 pm

Warm up with us inside from 7 to 9 pm during the Ice Bar at Unwined! Live music and fun with Bob Lovelace and Lights Up Productions– a new nonprofit that is revitalizing the Skowhegan Opera House. Come out and hear Bob play classics from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Beatles, and all of his favorites, like Angel From Montgomery and Sunday Morning Coming Down, as well as songs from his newest CD A Whole New World, like My Baby Likes Peas and Sugar From A Tree.

25% of all draft and canned beer sales will be donated to Lights Up Productions!

Bob Lovelace has been performing around central Maine for 40 years. He has several CDs to his name, has had his original music played on many local radio stations, and has done live performances on WXNZ, WMHB, and WERU.  Bob has also written plays for and performed on the Skowhegan Opera House stage.

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KVCAP Skowpendous Family Fun Night

April 19th – 5 pm to 7:30 pm.

Community Outreach, Survey, & free Arts Access tickets to a future event/production! 

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Top Hat School of Dance Dress Rehearsal

May 3rd – 4 pm to 6 pm

Community Outreach to dancers’ parents & family members & survey available!

More Fundraisers & Outreach

Town Meeting Photo

Town Meeting

June 10th – 6 pm on…

If you are a registered Skowhegan voter, please join us and vote in favor of nonprofit funding!

Unwined From Inside

Summer Solstice Stroll - Unwined to SOH

June 20th – 5 pm to 7 pm

On this first evening of summer, join us for Community Outreach at Unwined at 151 Water Street from 5 pm to 6 pm and then stroll down the sidewalk for some art & entertainment in the Skowhegan Opera House lobby!

Keep your eyes here and on our Lights Up Skowhegan Facebook Page for More Community Outreach and Events!

 

Unwined From Inside

About Lights Up Productions

Lights Up Productions is in its start-up phase as a domestic nonprofit corporation in the state of Maine.  Through fundraising and producing full opera house seasons of concerts, children and student events, and live theater, we will bring engaging arts and entertainment experiences to the historic Skowhegan Opera House.  This “place to watch” will become a destination that residents are proud of and visitors will fall in love with.  While building our seasons and our relationship with the community, we will raise funds for the
Skowhegan Opera House in collaboration with the Town of Skowhegan.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Lyn Govoni Resize

Lyn Govoni, President

Theater Artist
Office Manager
Wentworth Partners & Associates

Bryant Cyr Resize

Bryant Cyr, Vice President

Production Manager
Waterville Opera House

Kim Kennedy Resize

Kim Kennedy, Treasurer

Faculty, Kennebec Valley
Community College
Business Administration
Department

Karol Youney Resize

Karol Kish Youney, Secretary

Insurance Specialist

Hannah Davis Resize

Hannah K. Davis, Director

Costume and Wardrobe Supervisor

Billie Clark Resize

Billie Clark, Director

Owner of Unwined, Skowhegan

Grace Lommel Resize

Grace Lommel, Director

Promoter

Alicia Nicholls Resize

Alicia Nicholls, Director

Assistant to General Counsel
& Chief Financial Officer
at Editas Medicine

Zachary Longyear Resize

Zachary Longyear, Director

Principal, Skowhegan Area Middle School
MSAD54

*Lights Up Productions is a Maine Nonprofit Corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Contributions received by our donors are not tax-deductible.  Once we receive our exempt status, donations received while our application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to 11/14/2023.  If our application is not approved, contributions will not be considered tax-deductible.

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*Lights Up Productions is a Maine Nonprofit Corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Contributions received by our donors are not tax-deductible.  Once we receive our exempt status, donations received while our application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to 11/14/2023.  If our application is not approved, contributions will not be considered tax-deductible.