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Auditions for “The Storm in the Barn” at the Belfast Maskers

September 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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One event on September 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Due to the impending real world storm, we are postponing the Saturday auditions for “The Storm in the Barn.”
Auditions on Sunday at 2PM are still proceeding as scheduled, at this time, and a second audition opportunity will take place:
Tuesday, September 19, at 5:30 PM.

Belfast Maskers will hold auditions for “The Storm in the Barn”, a play adapted by Eric Coble from the graphic novel by Matt Phelan. The auditions will take place at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast at 2 PM on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17.

“The Storm in the Barn” will be directed by Meg Nickerson, who will oversee casting. “Come out individually or as a family for this captivating show,” said Nickerson. “There are roles available for actors ages 6 – 80! The audition process will include acting warm-ups and exercises and readings from the play. Children do not have to read from the play to audition unless they are interested in a lead role. Adults who would like to be considered for a lead role will be asked to read from the script.”

The story takes place in 1937 Kansas, 11-year-old Jack Clark faces many challenges: local bullies, his father’s desperate attempts to keep his family intact, an older sister getting sicker by the day, and a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he’s also facing the epic disaster of the Dust Bowl—which means families disappearing overnight—and tempers flaring in his small town. So, can Jack even trust his eyes when a sinister shadow appears in the abandoned barn next door? There he finds
a creature with a face like rain and a plan to deprive humans of water forever. This uniquely American fable uses haunting music and startling imagery 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?

On-stage musicians will also play an important part in the production. Nickerson explained: “Original instrumental music has been written for the show by ‘Black Prairie’ to help carry the story. If you play accordion, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, harmonica, guitar, violin or upright bass and would like to be part of this amazing show, please come to auditions!”

“The Storm in the Barn” will open at the Basil Burwell Community Theater on December 1st and run through December 10th. A breakdown of the parts available, their age ranges, as well as the sections of the script that will be read in auditions can all be found at For questions and more information, please contact Meg Nickerson at or call (207) 322-5557.


September 17, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Belfast Maskers Theatre
17 Court St.
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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