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It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor concerts, shows, and theater productions.  If you’re in Maine and are looking for a great weekend activity, check out these performances featuring talented Cuddledown employees!

On Saturday, July 16th, Danielle Vayenas will be the special guest soloist with Divas World Productions, performing in Boothbay Harbor. Danielle, a lyric soprano, has sung with many groups in Maine and New England. On her introduction to vocal performance, she says:

I didn’t start singing until a bit later in life; I studied piano in elementary school and played flute all the way through college (in marching and concert/symphonic bands), but only sang for fun at home. I got into singing by joining a college choir in my last year for an extra credit. When I moved to Maine, a colleague convinced me to audition for a local choir, the “Choral Art Society,” in Portland. Eventually, I started doing musical theater in community performances, and through that found a voice teacher, whom I’ve been studying with for more than 10 years. I now sing as a lyric soprano, and have auditioned and performed as a soloist for groups such as PORT Opera, Oratorio Chorale of Maine, Midcoast Symphony, Heartwood Theater, etc. I have also performed with groups outside of Boston (Longwood Opera, Paul Madore Chorale, and the Salem Philharmonic). I love singing all types of music, from opera to oratorio/concert to Broadway musicals.  I would love to do more in the greater Portland area, and hope I’ll be able to sing in more local concerts in the near future!

For a night of floral-themed music, come see Danielle this weekend at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 207-633-4333 ext. 115.

Starting July 22, Rebecca Rinaldi will be playing the lead of Mama Rose in the City Theater of Biddeford’s production of Gypsy. Rebecca caught the acting bug at the age of eleven and has performed ever since, majoring in opera performance in college and working as a music director. On her interest in musical theater, Rebecca says:

I have been musical since the age of eight, playing the violin, French horn, and percussion. However, I didn’t seriously start singing until I went away to college, where I majored in opera performance.  I began theater, though, at the age of eleven.  My brother was performing in a show called Here’s Love (which is based on Miracle on 34th Street), at one of the local theaters. They needed more people to be in the ensemble of the show, so he asked me to join.  I immediately became addicted to theater, and have been performing in shows ever since.  I have been in a huge array of shows such as The Music Man, Singin’ in the Rain, Into the Woods, Blood Brothers, Swingtime Canteen, Little Shop of Horrors, Ragtime, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Steel Magnolias, Enchanted April, Sweeney Todd, and the list goes on.  I have also been the music director for a multitude of shows in the area.  Performing is my passion, so I am thrilled that I get to do it on a regular basis.

Thanks Rebecca! Performances of Gypsy are on July 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 & August 5, 6, & 7. Tickets are currently on sale at City Theater or by calling the box office at 207-282-0849.

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