Due to the impending real world storm, we are postponing the Saturday auditions for "The Storm in the Barn."
Auditions on Sunday at 2PM are still proceeding as scheduled, at this time, and a second audition opportunity will take place:
Tuesday, September 19, at 5:30 PM.

"The Storm in the Barn"

by Eric Coble, from the graphic novel by Matt Phelan
Directed by Meg Nickerson

Time: Sunday, September 17 at 2:00pm or Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30pm (auditioners need only attend one day)

Location: Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St, Belfast, ME

Production dates: December 1-10

In 1937 Kansas, 11-year-old Jack Clark faces many challenges: local bullies, his father’s desperate attempts to keep his family intact, an older sister getting sicker by the day, and a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he’s also facing the epic disaster of the Dust Bowl – which means families disappearing overnight, and tempers flaring in his small town. So, can Jack even trust his eyes when a sinister shadow appears in the abandoned barn next door? There he finds a creature with a face like rain and a plan to deprive humans of water forever. This uniquely American fable uses haunting music and startling imagery to ask: When everyone says you’re too small to be the hero of any story, where do you find the strength to save your family...and the world?

Come out individually or as a family for this captivating show. There are roles available for actors ages 6 – 80! The audition process will include acting warm-ups and exercises and readings from the play. Children do not have to read from the play to audition unless they are interested in a lead role. Adults who would like to be considered for a lead role will be asked to read from the script.

On-stage musicians are a very important part of “The Storm in the Barn”. Original instrumental music has been written for the show by “Black Prairie” to help carry the story. If you play accordion, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, harmonica, guitar, violin or upright bass and would like to be part of this amazing show, please come to auditions!

For questions and more information, please contact Meg Nickerson at or call (207) 322-5557.

Download copies of the readings for the roles here:

Ma, Pa, Jack, Doc
Dorothy, Jack, Mabel
Ernie, Jack, Bullies

(If you are auditioning for Jack, you should familiarize yourself with all three) 


Character breakdown (ages are approximate only):

JACK CLARK - A boy who needs to be bigger (age 10-11)

RAY - A bully who knows how to make a fist (age 12-15)

FRANK - A bully who follows Ray (age 12-15)

LOUISE - A bully who follows Ray (age 12-15)

ERNIE - A keeper of wisdom & stories (age 50s-80s)

MA CLARK - A women who remembers (age 30s-40s)

PA CLARK - A man who has forgotten (age 30s-40s)

DOC - A man with answers (age 50s-80s)

DOROTHY CLARK - A girl who lives in both worlds (age 13-15)

MABEL CLARK - A girl who dances with the wind (age 6-8)

THE STORM KING (a large puppet) - A creature who dreams. 1 male & 1 female voice; needs puppeteers

Many other small speaking roles are available as well.