The Belfast Maskers will open its 25th anniversary season with three new plays by Maine playwrights, and there is an open call Wednesday, Feb. 29 for readers interested in performing them. Auditions will be held at 6:30 at the First Church, 55 Spring St./Parish entrance. This is an open invitation; rehearsal commitment is minimal and no memorization of lines is required.

Readings will include the following plays. “Hattie” by Bundy Boit of Penobscot will be directed by Aynne Ames. It is a full-length play based on the true story of Harriet Jacobs, a slave who led a life in hiding; performed with music, “Hattie” is powerful, haunting and funny.

“Joe Patten for Senate” by Jon Potter of Rockport will be directed by Judi Erickson. The one-act play asks Who are you going to vote for? How much does money matter? Does deception bother you? As the political scene heats up, remember — Joe’s a good guy.

“Mansion on the Hill” by Eddie Adelman of Belfast will also be directed by Erickson. This is a one-act play about two homeless people who, through sharing what little they have, find a caring other.

Performances, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., will be as follows: March 16, “Hattie” and March 17, “Joe Patten for Senate” and “Mansion on the Hill” at the First Church; and March 23, “Hattie” and March 24, “Joe Patten for Senate” and “Mansion on the Hill” at Union Hall in Searsport. For more information, send email to or call 505-0199.

Upcoming will be auditions for the Maskers’ second production, “Steel Magnolias,” Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Church. The show will cast six women, age 17 to 70-plus. Production dates are April 20 through 22 in Belfast and April 26 through 29 in Searsport. For more information about Maskers auditions and performances, call or visit

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