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Dark Tales, November
 Dark Tales, November

Prolong the spooky season with Dark Tales, a vaudeville comedy show for the entire family.
Lewiston, ME—On November 2nd, L/A Arts is proud to host Dark Tales, a spooky vaudeville comedy show that the entire family is sure to love. Filled with ghosts, skeletons and other ghouls Dark Tales will be performed at the Lewiston Middle School  Auditorium, 75 Central Ave at 7:30PM. Tickets to this event are a ghoulish good price of $10 for Adults and $8 for  Children 14 and under!
It’s the Day of the Dead so raise your spirits and don’t miss the final performance of Dark Tales for the year! Dark Tales is comedy! Dark Tales is magic! Dark Tales is an autumn vaudeville!
Dark Tales is a treat with many tricks, from laughter to awe, dance to slapstick, and, of course, untold chills and thrills. This amazing production will make you giggle, laugh, wonder, scream, and check under your bed at night. Dark Tales is dead on comedy, and mind bending magic.
This production highlights the incredible talents of a world class theatre company
Leland Faulkner, Michael Trautman, Karen Montanaro, Shane Miclon, Colin Miclon, Karen Pulkkinen, Susan Dyer, Emilyann Drum and other spirits.
It’s great fun for the whole family, but parents are advised that there are ghosts! The faint of heart assume all risk. Boo.
Michael Mortilla  (Composer)
Michael Mortilla (rhymes with gorilla and means “Little Death” in "Sicilian") spends much of his time working with dead actors & directors scoring silent films (and other works) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, The National Film Preservation Foundation, The Getty Center, and others. After many years as a touring company pianist and composer working closely with Martha Graham (before her death - duh!), Michael was interred as a faculty member and resident composer of theater and dance at UC Santa Barbara for well over a decade. In 2000 Michael was exhumed and placed on life support in Burbank, CA where he is currently laid out awaiting his next ending or double bar (which is code for two Black Russians). To date he has produced over 1000 scores for film, TV, theater, dance, and concert stage productions. Michael can be contacted via seance at MIDI Life Crisis (.com).
Leland Faulkner
Is the creator and director of Dark Tales. Leland’s accomplishments will make  you roll your eyes, but don’t worry, he’ll roll them back.
He has toured and presented his prize winning performances in Hong Kong, Japan, China, Russia, Canada, Spain, and all over the United States. Leland is the former partner of master mime Tony Montanaro, and is the former owner and Artistic Director of Celebration Barn Theatre in S. Paris, ME. He has directed storytellers, mimes, magicians, clowns, and actors in a multitude of original productions including Shadowplay for which he received two Accolades from the Kennedy Center.
Leland has served as a consultant on the feature film The Polar Express, is the winner of the 2001 Maine Film Competition, and is the recipient of the sought after Cine Eagle.  He recently played  the role of Nun the Wiser, a wise and comical wizard, in Mike Miclon’s film Richard Cubed.
He is a constant creative force, and is always working on  the next event. Look for his upcoming production of LAVA Fest, the Lewiston/Auburn Variety Arts Festival this December.
Check out www.lelandfaulkner.com for more fascinating, intriguing, and amazing facts about this mysterious artist.
Michael Trautman
Michael Trautman (formerly Michael Lane Trautman) started out in life as a fairly normal kind of person. After growing up in Springfield, Illinois, he attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where he studied Political Science with the intention of becoming a lawyer. After four years of college, Michael decided that the legal profession was not going to be as much fun as he felt one should have with their career, so he left school and started looking for something to do that would be fun and fulfilling. In 1976 he took his first Mime class, and in 1977 was invited to become a founding member of Mimewock, a Kansas City based school and performing company. One of the other founding members of that company was Leland Faulkner. Leland and Michael have been friends and collaborators ever since.
Since his start in Kansas City, he has been having fun performing throughout the world, and has achieved a very high level of fulfillment from providing comic relief to those in need. Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime (gasp), physical comedian, storyteller, magician, and fool, he claims only to be a clown...and not a very traditional clown at that. He has appeared in such prestigious venues as the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’Ete in Quebec, the General Jackson Showboat at Opryland USA, the Just For Laughs Festival
in Montreal, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was featured on WOW! The Most Awesome Acts On Earth, an ABC Television Special, and The Statler Brothers Show on TNN. Obviously he has little discretion. Michael was an Artist-in-Residence at Mabou Mines Theater Company in New York City, and has also been an Artist-in-Residence for the Drama Department of The Catholic University of America where he adapted and directed Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. In the 1999-2000 season, Michael was the star clown in the national tour of OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show directed by Tony Walton. >From 2006 to 2010, Michael had the pleasure of working with Mr. Walton on the Broadway bound production of Busker Alley starring Jim Dale. Recently, Michael performed in the New York Clown Theatre Festival.
Keep an eye out (in a glass, on the nightstand, or else at www.MichaelTrautman.com) for current activities and various shows.
Karen Montanaro
Karen is a world-renowned dancer and mime artist, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of “mimedance” (the fusion of two classical art forms).  Karen studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School.  Karen danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany.  For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with mime master, Tony Montanaro.  She currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled “Tanzspiel.”  Karen is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States.
In 2008, Karen was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
For more information, please visit www.mimedance.com.  Karen may also be reached at KarenHM@maine.rr.com or on Facebook.
Karen Pulkkinen
Karen Pulkkinen is a character/voice actor and puppeteer. She has toured and worked with Leland Faulkner for over thirty years, which would drive most people to the brink. Instead of going off the deep end she works as company manager, and has been part of many productions. Including the acclaimed children’s theatre production of Urashima Taro, The Rainforest, Dark Tales, Carnival of the Animals, and World of Wonder. She has appeared in television commercials for clients ranging from The Home Shopping Network to The City of Santa Barbara. If you have a reaction during the show, please see Nurse Payne after the show, she has a long needle with your name on it.
Susan Dyer
Susan Dyer has worked in retail for over twenty years, and now brings her people skills to Dark Tales. She has no official medical training, but that doesn’t stop her from delivering a little chloroform when necessary.
She first appeared onstage with Leland Faulkner & Co. in New York City as part of a tribute to the world famous magician John Calvert. Magic on Manhattan was the first major magic conference in New York for over a decade, and the audience was full of celebrities.  Their incredible buzz saw illusion was the hit of the gathering.
Shane Miclon
Shane Miclon is a twenty-one year old juggler, actor, and vaudeville artist from Buckfield Maine.  He has been performing since he was five years old in many forms of theater and circus.  His experience ranges from popular theatre to Shakespeare and film. His most recent success was as a juggler with Circus Smirkus, he is a key member of Dark Tales and advises you to: “prepare your mind, and enjoy the show!"
Collin Miclon
Collin is an aspiring performer from Buckfield Maine, where he grew up at the Oddfellow Theater. Collin has studied at the barn a number of times throughout the years, and has grown to love the space as well as the people. Collin has been invited to join the Dark Tales Ensemble for the first time this year, and looks forward to bringing the scary!
Emilyann Drumm
Emilyann Drumm was 3 ½ yrs old when she started taking classes at The Dance Center in Auburn.  She takes jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, ballet and pointe.   In 2010, she performed in La Boutique Fantasque, Oxford Elementary’s Drama production of Alice in Wonderland and the Mike Willette Christmas Show.  In 2011, Emilyann again performed in La Boutique Fantasque and Oxford Elementary’s Drama production of Charlotte’s Web.  Besides dancing and acting, she enjoys swimming and gymnastics, hanging out with her friends and camping with her family.  This year, Emilyann started 7th grade at the Oxford Hills Middle School. She is thankful and excited to shake her bones in this show, and hopes everyone enjoys her work in Dark Tales.
About L/A Arts
L/A Arts, the designated Local Arts Agency of the Twin Cities, has a 35-year history of arts and cultural initiatives, partnerships and performances. L/A Arts is a combination of arts-centered educational programming, MainStage performance series, free summer concerts, gallery installations and more. Heavily invested in the cultural endeavors of our community, L/A Arts takes the arts to a new level, hosting a multitude of various programming and events that connect with cultural consumers of all ages. Frequently partnering with local community organizations, L/A Arts promotes the arts and culture in various forms -- from benefit concerts for veterans to Art Walk Lewiston Auburn, the Auburn Art Wall to Arts in Education.
L/A Arts' mission is to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The vision of L/A Arts is to enrich the lives of people in our community by sponsoring the partnerships, programming and experiences of the arts in all forms. By integrating the arts and culture into the fabric of the community, L/A Arts helps to create a more attractive and economically vibrant community. We ensure that a wide variety of arts opportunities are available to all in our community and works with businesses and other arts and cultural organizations to bring awareness of these activities; creates opportunities for community members across generations to participate in many different forms of arts; enriches the lives in our community by facilitating and nurturing arts efforts and initiatives; and provides opportunities for high quality arts experiences.
Find out about upcoming events, project and initiatives in which L/A Arts is currently involved, online at www.laarts.org. There you can sign up to be on L/A Arts' email list and receive a monthly newsletter which will put you in the know of what's happening in Lewiston Auburn's art scene. L/A Arts can be contacted directly at (207) 207-782-7228 or mail@laarts.org.

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