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The Main State Music Theater started when Victoria Crandall opened a summer playhouse in the Pickard Theater of Bowdoin College in 1959.
Soon, summer playhouses filled Maine, many of them featuring TV and film stars in romantic comedies. However, few of them can be exclusively called musical theatre houses.

It became a non-profit organization focusing on the development and expansion of an intern program that would provide education and training to beginner artists in theatre crafts. In 1988, Brunswick Music Theatre celebrated 30 years of bringing professional musical theatre to the people of Maine. In the same year, it changed its name to the Maine State Music Theatre.

In 1998, as the Theater celebrated its 40th birthday, an $11 million renovation project of Pickard Theater took place. The theater was modernized but it retained its historical elements.

The Theatre was given an opportunity to move to the Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine due to a housing crisis. But, because of its commitment to the City of Brunswick, the Board of Trustees made pursued with its ambitious plans that includes the purchase and renovation the Theater?s permanent home. Today its current home is occupied by administrative offices and technical and rehearsal space as it continues to be a strong cultural institution in the area.
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