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The Maskers Voice
November • 2022
A Note From the Artistic Director
This is an exciting time of year for the Belfast Maskers! Not only do we have a hilarious, family-oriented show that opens on December 2nd, but we are thrilled to announce a terrific lineup of plays for the 2023 season!
We always want to present a variety of plays each year, and this season has just that. Some of the shows will make you think and reflect, some will make you laugh out loud, some will warm your heart and make you want to sing along.
And, don’t forget - If you haven’t bought your tickets for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever yet, you’ll want to do so right now, before they are all sold out.
March 9-19 "A Doll’s House Part 2" by Lucas Hnath At the end of Ibsen’s classic "A Doll’s House", Dora Helmer leaves her home, her husband and children, with a slamming of the door. Nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 2017, Hnath’s play picks up fifteen years later with a knock at the same door. It is Nora, and she has returned with an urgent request. What will her sudden return mean to those she left behind? You don’t need to know Ibsen’s play to enjoy this multiple award-winning sequel. Directed by Bill Burford.
May 25-June 4 "Wonder of the World" by David Lindsay-Abaire It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as our heroine, Cass, embarks on a journey of self discovery that has her crossing paths with a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter. A most assuredly hilarious comedy of marital discord run amok! Directed by Erik Perkins.
July 27– August 6 "Big Fish" by Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) and John August (book) Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, "Big Fish" tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, "Big Fish" is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself. Directed by Kim Murphy, who brought you the 2022 wildly successful "Little Shop of Horrors." September 1 & 2, October 6 & 7 A Festival of One Act Plays One Act plays presented Cabaret Style, with food and drink served to your table. Directed by Greg Marsanskis and other familiar Maskers.
December 8-17 "The Storm in the Barn" adapted by Eric Cobl, from the graphic novel by Matt Phelan In 1937 Kansas, 11 year-old Jack Clark and his family face many challenges. This uniquely American fable will warm your heart! This play features live, haunting music, puppetry and special effects 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? Directed by Meg Nickerson.
Tickets are on sale now for the final show of 2022, the delightful family comedy, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". December 2-11
"A Doll’s House Part 2" By Lucas Hnath Open Auditions: Saturday, December 3, 10 AM - 1 PM Tuesday, December 6, 6 PM - 9 PM Sign in at door for individual slots. Basil Burwell Community Theater 17 Court Street, Belfast, Maine
The play will be cast and directed by Bill Burford, SDC. Rehearsals will begin in early January and the show opens on March 9, 2023.
Serious as the original but also pretty wry, Hnath’s play has four characters, each bright, each with their own compelling perspective:
Nora 42-50 Torvald 55-65 Anne Marie 65-70 - Torvald’s housekeeper; once nanny to Nora & Nora’s kids Emmy 18-23 - Nora’s youngest child
Prepare an audition piece of less than a minute, or read a piece of your choice. Actors may be asked to read another monologue or scene. For further questions, or to obtain a PDF version of the script, please email Producer Meg Nickerson: firstname.lastname@example.org. Actors who don't know the original should see a synopsis of Ibsen's play before coming to audition.
Other Events at the Basil Burwell Community Theater
Thursday evenings in the basement: November 17: Larry John McNally
December 8: Connor Garvey
December 15: Bone Broth
Thanks to everyone that made our 2022 HALLOWEEN BALL & Art Auction a great success! Here's a taste of the festivities.
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