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Portland Ovations brings theater, music, and dance that connects artists and audiences through live performances onstage and intimate events offstage.

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bluey's big

bluey's big

Merrill Auditorium
2024-25 Season

2024-25 Season

Hannaford Hall
circus smirkus
2024 big top tour

circus smirkus
2024 big top tour

Cumberland Fairgrounds


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Portland Ovations

A Time-Honored Commitment to the Performing Arts

Portland Ovations is a nonprofit cultural organization based in Southern Maine dedicated to gathering communities to share in the power of live performance. Ovations connects artists and audiences both onstage and off — making the arts an integral part of community life.

Our unique array of live performances for the public and school audiences are curated to delight, inspire and educate. Venues used throughout greater Portland include historic and modern theaters, clubs, galleries, and classrooms — chosen carefully to ensure the best possible experience for both audiences and artists.

Join us for a season of performances that span the traditional to the contemporary, the intimate to the spectacular, the popular to the unexpected.

Our Vision

To inspire a curious and imaginative community where the experience of the performing arts is a vital part of every day life.

Our Mission

Portland Ovations propels the artistic, social, educational and economic wellbeing of communities through the power of the performing arts.

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Your Membership offers more than just ticket discounts and exclusive events. As a Member, you’ll have access to advanced ticketing for all performances, enjoy a $5 savings on each ticket, and gain entry to Members-only events, artist receptions, and our annual Season Announcement party. Plus, benefit from unlimited ticket exchanges (up to 24 hours prior to performance), complimentary tickets to select performances, and receive sell-out warnings to tailor your experience. Beyond these perks, your Membership directly supports our community enrichment initiatives, including School-Time Performances for 10,000 students annually, free books at select events, new work commissions, support for emerging artists, family-friendly programming, and ASL interpretation at performances. By joining us, you contribute to our mission of fostering artistic, social, educational, and economic wellbeing through the performing arts.

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Be A Part Of Live Performance In Portland

As a nonprofit, Portland Ovations relies on the support of our Members to sustain our artistic and educational programming. Your Membership gives you access to the best seats at the best prices, keeps ticket prices affordable for all, underwrites discounted and free tickets for students and helps maintain a vibrant arts community in Portland and beyond — all with your tax-deductible contribution.

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Membership Benefits

  • Advanced ticketing for all performances
  • Complimentary tickets to select performances
  • Artist receptions & meet-and-greets
  • Unlimited ticket exchanges*
  • Members-only events
  • Access to Members-only Newsletter
  • Sell-out warnings
  • Invite to Season Announcement Party
  • Member ticket discount: $5 off each ticket
  • A tax deductible donation

*Up to 24 hours before the performance