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Maine State Music Theatre upset with power outages, CMP points to climate change

BRUNSWICK (WGME) — Maine State Music Theatre says power outages, including those from Tuesday night’s storms, have dealt a blow to their business.

Tuesday night was the second time in three weeks that shows have had to be canceled due to outages.

Organizers say they were “set back” by a severe thunderstorm and power outage for a 7:30 p.m. performance of “Funny Girl.”

They say they held the curtain for an hour, hoping power would come back, but decided to cancel the show.

“I just feel awful for these poor people,” MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark said. “They look forward to us getting there all summer long, and when it happened for South Pacific, I was crushed, but last night was an absolute total devastation.”

Clark says the theatre cannot afford to buy a generator large enough to power all of the lights and technology needed to put on the show.

Customers who were scheduled to see Tuesday night’s performance will be contacted by the box office.

Central Maine Power is pointing to climate change as a big reason for more frequent outages, such as the ones Tuesday night in the Brunswick area.

Spokesperson Jon Breed says recent storms are not like those in years past.

Instead, they’re bringing wind that’s changing directions and hitting trees from their weaker sides.

“There was damage in the Brunswick area resulting in outages for about 2,500 people, the majority of that was the result of downed trees, one broken pole at least,” Breed said. “Across the board, we are having to look at building out a more resilient system, creating more redundancies and really upgrading, creating a smarter, stronger grid to withstand this changing climate.”

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