News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 23, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 23, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 23, 2018
Annual Reach celebration raises money to send students to Broadway

A record crowd gathered in the barn at Edgewood Farm on the evening of August 12 to support the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Theater Program at the annual Reach Performing Arts Center celebration. Patrons enjoyed an evening of student performances emceed by former student Marvin Merritt IV, that included skits, songs, and music featuring a special appearance by grammy award-winning pianist Paul Sullivan. Reach director John Lincoln inducted two high school students into the International Thespian Society and talked about the importance of the performing arts in local schools. Deer Isle-Stonington High School junior Gunner Krouse and senior Caleb Hardie reflected on what a difference the performing arts have made in their young lives.

After the performances, a lively auction staged by Sarah Doremus, Buzz Masters and Linda Campbell, raised money to send students on a trip to Broadway in spring of 2019. Lincoln emphasized, “Our trip to NYC is a highlight of the school year. In addition to the Broadway show, students will have an opportunity to meet NYC theater professionals, see an off-Broadway show, and visit the MET. Some of these students have never left Maine, and this provides a rare and invaluable experience.”

The celebration, sponsored by The Island Agency and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, raised $11,000 to support the Broadway trip through the Reach Performing Arts Center. The event was planned by the Friends of the Reach Steering Committee, which hopes to raise additional funds for fire code updates that must be made to the theater this year in order to comply with state law. To make a donation, visit You can also make checks out to MCF—Reach Performing Arts Center and mail to: Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. For more information, contact John Lincoln at />