As always, prepare to have fun and be challenged for the 117th Season of Lakewood Theater. We are offering 1 mystery, 2 farces, 3 comedies, and 3 musicals.

Again we will be offering nine outstanding main stage productions with parts for 45 men, 39 women and 1 boy. It’s a year of old favorites and brand new shows to Lakewood.


Arsenic and Old Lace
May 25 – June 3

Some Sweet Day June 8 – June 17

Shout, the Mod Musical June 22 – July 1

Those Crazy Ladies on the Corner July 6 – July 15

Avenue Q July 20 – July 29

Savannah Sipping Society August 3 – August 12

Bullets over Broadway August 17 – August 26

Baskerville August 31 – September 9

The Comedy of Tenors September 14 – Sept. 23

Auditions, Call Backs and First Call will all be held at the Margaret Chase Smith School on Heselton Street in Skowhegan.

Musical auditions for Shout, Avenue Q and Bullets over Broadway will be held:

Saturday March 18 from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.

Avenue Q audition time is 11 -12:30, Shout audition time is 12:30 – 1:30 and Bullets audition is 1:30 – 3pm

Sunday March 19 from Noon to 3:00pm.

Avenue Q audition time is Noon – 1:00, Shout audition time is 1:00 – 2:00 and Bullets audition is 2:00 – 3 pm

Actors auditioning for singing roles in the musicals who have not auditioned for Lakewood Theater before should bring a prepared song and sheet music. A ballad or an upbeat number is preferred. If music is not available, we will teach you a song. People interested in lead musical roles and have not been in a lead role at Lakewood previously should be prepared to sing a solo. We provide an accompanist or you may bring your own.

Auditions for all straight plays will be held:

Saturday March 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday March 26 from noon to 3:00 pm

Actors will meet individually with each director on a “first come” basis for cold readings from the script. If you have appeared at Lakewood and would be satisfied with any role offered, just let us know and you do not have to attend auditions. We’ll pick the part for you.

CALL BACKS will be Sunday April 2.

FIRST CALL will be Saturday April 8.

If you are unable to make any of the audition dates but still wish to be considered for a part please e-mail us We will make every effort to accommodate you at another time for an audition.


The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the "Mayflower," but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of Yellow Fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Directed by Stan Pinnette
Performed May 25, 26, 27, 28, & June 1, 2, 3.
Matinee May 31

Abby Brewster A plump little darling in her late 60s

The Rev. Dr. Harper The Parish Episcopal Priest

Teddy Brewster Brother to Abby and Martha, thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt

Officer Brophy A Neighborhood Cop on the Beat

Officer Klein Brophy’s partner

Martha Brewster Sweet elderly sister of Abby Brewster

Elaine Harper Dr. Harper’s daughter, engaged to Mortimer Brewster, 20s

Mortimer Brewster A theater critic and nephew of the Brewster’s

Mr. Gibbs A potential boarder of the Brewster’s.

Jonathan Brewster Brother to Mortimer, a criminal and recipient of one too many facial surgeries.

Dr. Einstein The personal plastic surgeon of Jonathan

Officer O’Hara Irish cop on the beat

Lieutenant Rooney O’Hara’s partner

Mr. Witherspoon Superintendent of Happy Dale sanatorium


Ever wonder “what if”? Wish you could go back in time and fix your mistakes? Ken regrets losing the girl of his dreams 24 years ago. He’s obsessed with building a machine that will take him back in time to fix his mistakes. When fate grants his wish, he finds himself 25 years in the past. With the help of his best friend, Greta, he plays Cyrano to himself, desperate to get his younger version to marry Jenny. But his younger self is just as stubborn as the older version and refuses to listen to advice from an old man. As he tries to bring the lovebirds together, Ken falls for Jenny all over again and is now trying to woo the girl away from .. well, himself! Ken’s business partner, Reece, Greta’s granola-mom, Stormy, and shrewd entrepreneur, Emma, all add to the confusion and the fun as the plot accelerates into avalanche mode.

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed June 8, 9, 10, 11 & 15, 16, 17.
Matinee & Evening June 14

Ken Middle-aged. Funny. uber-smart. An obsessive inventor who dreams of the life he didn’t get. Longs to go back in time and fix it.

Casey The younger Ken, mid to late 20s, so obsessed with his machine he doesn’t realize it’s costing him the love of his life.

Jenny Mid to late 20s. An artist in love with Casey but tired of waiting.

Greta Mid to late 20s. The big-hearted, but somehow goofy, best friend. Lost, unable to settle down. Always waiting for Mr. Right to pop the question.

Stormy Greta’s mom. A would be psychic who wants the best for her daughter, even if her daughter doesn’t know it yet. This actress also plays the older Greta in Scene I.

Reece Casey’s best buddy and financial partner. Hates that he’s not as bright as Casey. A yuppie in search of an angle.

Emma Middle-aged, 50s. a no-nonsense woman who knows what she wants and goes after it.


With an irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions, and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical recalls the music, style, and freedom of the 1960s. The review follows five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Traveling in time from 1960 to 1970, SHOUT! chronicles the dawning liberation of women, from the rise of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black as independent women with major careers, to their American counterparts, redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period – from '60s advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks that every problem can be solved with a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick." SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Goldfinger."

The songs in this delightful musical resonate with a timeless quality that appeals to every generation. Don't sleep in the subway or stand in the pouring rain...make your reservations today!

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed June 22, 23, 24, 25 & June 29, 30, July 1.
Matinee & Evening, June 28

Blue Girl A blue-blooded fashion model with a soprano belt, low b flat to high C. Blue is sophisticated, poised, cool and aloof.

Yellow Girl Alto, F3 – E4, Yellow is uninhibited and brash American. She is a ray of sunshine with a surprising vulnerability.

Orange Girl Soprano – The mother of the group, Orange is domestic and maternal. Wise, soulful, and mature, she is slowly asserting her new-found independence.

Green Girl She is a good-time girl. Blousy, middle class, and zany, she is a bit frayed at the edges, and hopelessly single. A comedian is needed.

Red Girl The baby of the group, Red is quirky, enthusiastic, and naïve. A hopeless romantic.


What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients, and all they want to do is sit at home and talk (all at the same time) to each other? You move another person in with them. At least that’s what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live – a nurse with a secret. Nurse Jean soon has the sisters planning parties, pulling pranks and jogging around town. But, when their nephew shows up with plans to sell the house, things get complicated again, especially with Christmas just around the corner.


Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed July 8, 9, 10, 11 & 15, 16, 17.
Matinee & Evening, July 14

Dora Miller a woman in her 60s

Maggie Brown her younger sister, about 60.

Lydia Van Horn the middle sister, early 60s.

Dr. Arnold “Doc” Lomax a physician in his 40s.

Jean Mitchell young nurse

Calvin Murphy her boyfriend

Phillip Van Horn son of Lydia

Jessie a woman in her late 40s

Blue delivery boy, late teens


Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. This laugh out loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Song titles include, It Sucks to be Me, If You Were Gay, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist and The Internet is for Porn (you get the idea.) Actors auditioning for this show will need to become adept with operating hand puppets, singing, and acting at the same time. Avenue Q is a place where puppets are friends and Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. This show contains Adult situations and is NOT for children.

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed July 20, 21, 22, 23, & July 27, 28, 29
Matinee & Evening, July 26

Princeton Puppet, a fresh-faced kid just out of college

Brian Human, a laid-back guy engaged to Christmas Eve

Kate Monster Puppet, a kindergarten teaching assistant

Rod Puppet, a Republican investment banker with a secret

Nicky Puppet, a bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod

Christmas Eve Human, a therapist who moved here from Japan

Gary Coleman Human, Yes that Gary Coleman, superintendent, female or male

Bad Idea Bear #1 Puppet, snuggly, cute teddy-bear type

Bad Idea Bear #2 Puppet, snuggly, cute teddy-bear type

Trekkie Monster Puppet, a reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet

Lucy Puppet, a vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge

Mrs. T Puppet, Kate’s ancient boss

Newcomer a fresh-faced kid just out of college

Ensemble 2 additional puppeteers


In this comedy, four unique Southern women all needing to escape the sameness of their day to day routines, are drawn together by Fate – an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch – and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a 23 year old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice.

Directed by Stephanie Irwin
Performed August 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10, 11, 12.
Matinee & Evening, August 9

Randa Covington late 40s, high-strung perfectionist

Dot Haigler late 60s, recently widowed, daffy and endearing.

Marlafaye Mosley late 50s, earthy, boisterous, good ol’ Texas gal

Jinx Jenkins early 50s, energetic, self-confident, gregarious


Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the '20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway The Musical is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," Up a Lazy River,” "'T’ain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!" David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit-man and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock 'em dead. Bullets Over Broadway is a love letter to the Golden Age of Broadway, filled with unforgettable songs that audiences remember and love. With a handful of over-the-top character roles and a high-stepping ensemble, this is a perfect choice for theatres looking for a big, splashy and wildly entertaining production.

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed August 17, 18, 19, 20 & 24, 25, 26.
Matinee & Evening, August 23

*Principal Singers

Aldo A henchman of Nick Valenti

Atta-Girls 6 featured singers and dancers in Nick Valenti’s club.

Cheech* A gangster in Nick Valenti’s mob. Assigned as Olive’s bodyguard who has an unexpected talent for dramaturgy and storytelling.

David Shayne* A struggling amateur playwright and true bohemian artist. He has long standing engagement to the wholesome Ellen, but fears marriage will force him to give up his writing and bohemian way of life.

Eden Brent* An ever-optimistic actress in David’s play. Always has her dog Mr. Woofles in tow, and often speaks in Pig-Latin.

Ellen* David’s girlfriend of around ten years. She loves David and supports his art but is growing tired of the bohemian lifestyle, wishing for a more comfortable life back home in Pittsburg.

Helen Sinclair* An aging diva with a huge ego and a recent string of flops, a talented dipsomaniac who dislikes the idea of being cast as more mature female characters.

Julian Marx The sole producer on Broadway to still believe in David. Julian understands show business and finds a backer for David’s play, with a few unsavory conditions.

Kay a bohemian friend of David and Ellen.

Mitchell Sabine The stage manager of David’s play

Nick Valenti* A lovable Mob Boss and Olive’s boyfriend. He loves Olive and promises to make her a star by being the sole backer of a new Broadway bound play.

Olive Neal* Nick’s flapper girlfriend. A brash, blonde bombshell who yearns to be a real star on Broadway, without the acting chops or work ethic to back it up.

Rocco another member of Nick’s gang.

Sheldon Flender A close friend of both David and Ellen. Passionate bohemian, who values art over life.

Warner Purcell* The leading man in David’s play. A talented actor who tends to stress eat compulsively. Becomes romantically inclined with Olive behind Nick’s back.

Hot Dog Man*

The Four Franks male actors dressed as hot dogs.

The women’s chorus Men’s chorus

Atta-girls (6) Gangsters(6)


Get our deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzy web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed August 31, September 1, 2, 3 & 7, 8, 9.
Matinee September 6

Sherlock Holmes

Doctor Watson

Actor 1 Dr. Mortimer, Baron Scarpia, Man w/black beard, Lucy, Milker, Castilian Desk Clerk, Train Conductor, Trap Driver, Barrymore, Stapleton, Victor, Dr. McCann, Country Farmer, Sir John Falstaff

Actor 2 Sir Charles, Baskerville, Daisy, Sir Hugo Baskerville, Bradley the Tobacconist, Sir Henry Baskerville, Wilson, Inspector Lestrade

Actress 1 Mrs. Hudson, Maiden, Shepherdess, Floris Tosca, Cartwright, German Maid, Baby, Mrs. Clayton, Mrs. Barrymore, Miss Stapleton, Nurse Malloy, Winnie, Nurse MacKeeble, Laura Lyons


One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possible go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maria from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight.

Directed by Jeff Quinn
Performed September 14, 15, 16, 17 & 21, 22, 23.
Matinee only September 20

Henry Saunders Early 50s. In charge of producing the concert of the century

Max One of the tenors, expecting his first child, 30s

Tito Merilli The famous Italian opera singer (Think Pavorotti)

Maria Merilli Tito’s stunning wife. Speaks with Italian accent. Hot blooded.

Mimi The daughter of Tito and Maria.

Carlo Mimi’s fiancée and young opera singer

Racon Female, former lover of Tito. Speaks in heavy Russian accent. Stunner!

Beppo A dead ringer for Tito. In fact, the actor playing Tito plays Beppo as well.

History of The Theatre

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