BELFAST — The Belfast Maskers announces auditions for its second show of the 2022 season, which will run May 5 through 15. Auditions for the world premiere of “Dance Again,” written and directed by local playwright Tucker Atwood, are Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St.

Atwood is from Embden and has lived in Belfast for about two years. He graduated from University of Maine Farmington in 2017 with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics and has taught at a few schools, but his other passions for writing and theater are what brought him here. Besides plays, he has also written two books, including one about his through-hike of the Appalachian Trail and another about his through-ride of the East Coast Greenway. Atwood said, “My play, ‘Dance Again,’ was written in late 2019 and early 2020 in the midst of several real snowstorms and dance parties.”

“Dance Again” takes place in the midst of an endless war where a snowstorm forces soldiers from each side to seek refuge from a sweet husband and wife who live on the border of the two nations. As they attempt to keep the soldiers from realizing they are enemies, it becomes clear that this unassuming couple has more involvement with the war than expected.

Casting requirements are six men and two women; the following ages are approximate.

Billy – 50s to 60s. A caring and lively man, married to Helen. He was once a soldier but now lives a simpler life. He has seen plenty of bad in the world, but is somehow still optimistic and generally carefree. He loves telling stories.

Helen – 50s to 60s. A thoughtful and compassionate woman, married to Billy. They met in the war as soldiers when they were younger. She is generally cheerful and upbeat, but gets a bit nervous in dangerous situations.

Major Jack – 30s to 40s. A no-nonsense soldier and leader of Dennis and Louie. He considers himself a fighter, but also shows signs of a fun-loving side.

Dennis – 20s. A quiet, attentive soldier who does not belong in the war. He is Louie’s older brother and is in charge of him.

Louie – Late teens to early 20s. A clumsy, foolish soldier who always finds a way to get hurt.

Major John – 30s to 40s. Another no-nonsense soldier and leader of Lucy. Very similar to Major Jack in appearance and personality.

Lucy – 20s. A reserved, strong-willed soldier who also does not belong in the war. She has attempted to escape in the past but has never been able to pull it off.

Simon – 20s to 30s. A deceiving soldier; unaffiliated with the others.

As passionate as Belfast Maskers is about providing high-quality theater, the group is equally dedicated to ensuring its audiences, casts and crews are as safe as possible while in the facility. Belfast Maskers requires all auditioners and production team members to show identification and proof of vaccination (at this time, fully vaccinated means two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of J&J). Everyone must also wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in the building. Face shields, bandanas, or neck gators are not acceptable face coverings.

The Belfast Maskers hopes it can ease these restrictions once sufficient progress has been made in reducing transmission of the COVID virus. Until then, your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

If you have any questions about this policy or would like more information, contact Artistic Director Meg Nickerson at maskermeg@gmail.com. Anyone interested in helping on the production team can reach out as well.

The mission of the Belfast Maskers is to provide hands-on opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Through the performing arts, the group continues its long-standing commitment to the enrichment, entertainment and education of the community. The Belfast Maskers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.