Open auditions for “Lighthouse: A Down East Musical” will be held Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24 at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. Director Ellie Busby and music director Charles Brown will be hearing actors for all parts Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the second-floor theater.

“Lighthouse” is a delightful tale set in 1932 off the coast of Maine. Playwright John Noel Chandler of Thomaston, who is producing the show, and composer Robert Richardson of Washington collaborated to write this tale of sea, stars, lighthouses and love in tribute to the hardy folk who inhabit these isolated islands in our history and today.

The play largely was written when the two authors were artists in residence at the McNamara Foundation in Westport.  It was refined when they were invited to participate in Boston’s Birth of a Musical program, where it was critiqued by Jeffrey Sweet and has had post-production work since its premiere in Maine in 2008.

All parts will be available for casting. Auditioners should come prepared with a musical selection that shows range and level of ability. Auditioners also should bring a list of any prior commitments for the early summer. Performers of diversity and enthusiasm across all age groups are welcomed.

Leading the cast are Mattie and Megan, the mother-daughter duo that keep the lighthouse; Captain Grover and his crew, who run aground; Senator Dumphrey and his associate Thornton, who plan to automate the lighthouse; and assorted sailors, scalawags, townspeople, young ladies and children. A delightful range of personalities makes the chorus parts an essential element to the success of the show.

Performances will be held at the prestigious Camden Opera House two weekends in July, April 16 through 24. For more information, contact the director at or 563-2247.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to