|Umbrella Theatre @LSC
Lincoln Street Center for the Arts will launch the Umbrella Theatre, a three part project designed to bring professional quality theater to the midcoast, with an August production of The Country of the Pointed Firs. (Character list below for interested actors) The play, adapted by playwright/actor Harold Bond from the classic novel by Maine writer, Sara Orne Jewett will be produced by the Avant-garde Playhouse the second tier of the Umbrella project.. Avant-garde Playhouse is designed to act as a forum for new and experimental ideas, with special consideration for Maine plays and playwrights. The ACT NOW Children's Theatre, already up and running, and The GEM Theatre which will bring classic and contemporary work to the community are the other two prongs of the Umbrella Theatre project (see box). We have a wonderful theater at Lincoln Street, says director, Angela Anderson, and it is our goal to develop a strong resident company to fulfill its potential.
Playwright Harold Bond, a Massachusetts resident who summers in Maine, has acted and directed in theater groups north of Boston for over forty years. Leading roles include: The Crucible, Equus, Death of a Salesman, Charlie's Aunt and Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf. A recipient of the New England Conference's Best Actor Award, Bond is the author of eight plays including The Man of Letters (a one-act play about the relationship between Emily Dickinson and her mentor), The Lost Boy (adapted from a short story by Thomas Wolfe), Fanny's Fandango, a musical and The Overcoat (adapted from a story by Nikolai Gogol). A retired teacher of English, he currently serves as actor-director for Actors@Liberty, a group that presents entertainment for libraries and clubs.
Auditions will be held at Lincoln Street on Saturday afternoon, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th beginning at 2 pm. Actors wishing to submit resumes in advance can mail them to Sally MacVane/Pointed Fir, Box 292, Port Clyde, Me. 04855.
CHARACTERS - COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS *
NARRATOR (40 - 60) the older Sarah Orne Jewett
SARAH (25 - 30) the younger Sarah Orne Jewett
ALMIRA TODD (67) Sarah's landlandy for the summer at Dunnett's Landing. A tall person, large in spirit and body, knows and uses herbs for healing, can row, sail a boat or drive a team of horses with ease. Mrs. Todd is a widow and the central character of the play.
CAPTAIN LITTLEPAGE (80's) "There was something quite charming about his appearance: It was a face thin and delicate with refinement, but worn into appealing lines..."
GAFFETT an old seaman (and Scotsman) encountered by Captain Littlepage on a sea voyage "...old Gaffett that I lived with seemed speechless, but as we got acquainted I found he'd been through more disasters than I had."
MRS. BLACKETT (85+) Almira Todd's mother; small, able to carry a tune. "...bright eyes and an affectionate air of expectation - you felt she were an old and dear friend before she let go her cordial hand."
WILLIAM (60's) Mrs. Blackett's son, Almira's brother, able to carry
MRS. FOSDICK (65-70) An old friend of Mrs. Todd's. She "gave both her hostess and me a warm feeling of enjoyment and expectation,
JOANNA (30's to 40's) "Poor Joanna", lives alone on Shell Heap island where she "escaped" after being jilted, "...she always had
REVEREND DIMMICK (30's) A bit of a stuffed shirt
ELIIJAH TILLEY (70's) "...one of the small company of
MRS. HARRIS (60's) A neighbor of Mrs. Todd at Dunnett's
ESTHER (60) A non-speaking role
NEIGHBORS & RELATIVES 8 to 12 people, should be able to carry
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