About Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
Tim Harrington and Debbie Lennon, Managing Partners
When Adrienne Grant, the founder of the Arundel Barn Playhouse announced her retirement in 2015, long-time business partners Tim Harrington and Debbie Lennon saw an opportunity to merge their decades of hospitality experience with their passions for live music and entertainment.
Real estate developer Tim Harrington was the visionary behind two of Kennebunkport’s most acclaimed destinations, The Cottages on The Cove and Hidden Pond luxury resort. After a 20-year career in hospitality management, Debbie Lennon acquired and rehabilitated the 200-year old Kennebunkport Inn in 2001 before connecting with Tim. Together, they co-founded The Kennebunkport Resort Collection and led the acquisition, renovation and development of several properties including The Boathouse, The Grand Hotel, The Tides Beach Club, The Cape Arundel Inn and Lodge on the Cove.
After Debbie retired from KRC in 2015, she and Tim reunited to form Atlantic Holdings, LLC. In this new venture, they have provided the vision, development and direction for Sandy Pines Campground, Batson River Brewing and Distilling and of course, Vinegar Hill Music Theatre. Since our inaugural season in 2016, Vinegar Hill Music Theatre has showcased both local and regional talent as well as national acts in an intimate setting that enables audiences to truly connect with the artists. With Tim and Debbie’s guidance, our theatre is committed to improving each season and becoming a source of inspiration, support and pride to the community.
Sarah Dearing, Managing Director
Sarah Dearing fell in love with the excitement and energy of live performances the moment she started rehearsing for her first nursery school recital. There was just one problem—Sarah was terrified of performing. No matter how hard she practiced her lines or what she did to clear her mind, Sarah’s stage fright never went away but she eventually found her home “behind the curtain”, assisting stage managers and directors.
After education, Sarah put herself on a solid career path with Estee Lauder but when her first child arrived in 1997, she fell back into the arts in order to have more time with her new family. Her children literally grew up backstage at The Comedy Connection in Portland and theatres across New England. Sarah met comedian Bob Marley and went on to support and coordinate his tour and assist in the production of DVDs, TV shows and Webisodes. Over the years, Sarah expanded Bob’s merchandise business and helped launch the theatre bookings and annual holiday shows that made him one of Maine’s most famous performers.
As her career grew, so did her thirst to return to her theatre roots. In 2012, Sarah spread her wings and started producing and promoting her own shows in theaters across New England with artists she had met along her journey. As Sarah’s boys became men, she felt a strong desire to find a single stage she could call her own and fill with a wide range of talent from around the corner and around the world. Thanks to a series of chance meetings through shared acquaintances, inspired conversations and a bit of kismet; Sarah, Tim and Debbie’s visions merged and Sarah jumped at the chance to become our Managing Director in 2017. Since then, she has dazzled us with her work ethic and passion for providing unforgettable experiences for audiences and performers alike. In addition to managing all aspects of every performance, Sarah is the driving force behind our collaboration with the City Theater in Biddeford as well as the re-launch of the Vinegar Hill Youth Theatre. These projects represent our commitment to increasing our community’s access to the arts and encouraging local students to pursue their passions.
To learn how you can support our efforts, please contact Sarah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.