AUBURN – Community Little Theatre has announced the casts for its newest productions, scheduled July 9 and 10 at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center on Academy Street. Two new musicals will be presented each night for one admission price.

One is a short, one-act musical farce, “The Legend of Britt Collins (Names Changed to Protect the Innocent),” which will open the entertainment both evenings.

It’s loosely based on the true story of the arrest and jailing of an innocent musician on his way to a rehearsal.

The title role will be played by musician Colin Britt, who composed the music for the two plays.

He will be supported by a trio, Mary, Kate and Ashley, played by Kristin Boucher, Mariah Perry, and Alison Traynor. The trio serves as a sort of Greek chorus and helps move the action along in the play. Also starring in “Legend” is Roger Philippon, who narrates it and plays the part of the overzealous trooper. Musical numbers include “I’m a Music Nerd,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Criminal Court” and “Take the Bus.”

Jokes about ex-husbands

The second musical is “Let Me Count the Ways,” the story of Karen (Amy Roche), whose husband, Mike (Roger Philippon), has just left her after 14 years of marriage.

Her divorced friends, each of whom has her own story that she tells in a prologue, flock to Karen to support her (and tell ex-husband jokes). The friends are portrayed by Carol Griffiths, Deb Kramlich, Ellen Peters, Cheryl Reynolds, Mary Turcotte and Sharon Young.

They devise numerous ambitious, but unsuccessful plots for doing away with their ex-husbands and getting away with it.

Also appearing in the play are two of the ex-husbands, Billy and Brad (Gary Starzynski and Michael Litchfield).

“Let Me Count the Ways” is a story about divorce, but it’s also very much about friendships and perseverance.

There is much sadness when marriages break apart, but these women manage to keep their senses of humor intact. Among the original musical numbers in the play are “Why Get Married in the First Place?”, “Dear Karen,” “Have-a-Heart,” “More Like Her,” “Lorena Bobbitt” and “My Perfect World.”

Linda Britt, who wrote the book and lyrics for both shows, will direct and her son, Colin Britt, is the music director. They also co-wrote “Billionaire Vegans” and “Who’s Running the School?”, both produced last summer in Auburn. The choreography duties will be shared by Mariah Perry and Alison Traynor. Doreen Traynor is producer.

Tickets for the performances, which begin at 8 p.m. both nights, are $10, general admission, and can be reserved by calling 783-0958.

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