AUBURN – Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre’s next production will be “Drood,” a musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, opening March 20 at Great Falls Performing Arts Center.

“Drood” kicks off when the Music Hall Royale, a loony Victorian musical troupe, “puts on” its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Charles Dickens mystery. The story revolves around John Jasper, a Jekyll and Hyde-type choirmaster who is madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. She, in turn, is engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood.

The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve. Has he been murdered?

The whodunit invites audience participation, with a different ending at every performance.

The play, directed by Mitchell Clyde Thomas, has several lead roles and each lead plays two characters. Assuming these roles are Dan Crawford, Emily Moore, Gregory Charette, Jamie Lupien,Tracy Kapocius, Marylyn Scott, Boyd Scott, Michael Litchfield, John Nutting, Joel Biron and Joshua Harris.

Remaining cast members, who also play double roles, are Richard Rosenberg, Mary-Atala Lessard, Stefani Lynn, Jocelyn Curtis, Karen McArthur, Phil Vampatella, Carole Rosenberg, Leah Fournier, Vincent Ratsavong, Angela Chretien and Jeff Taber.

Production crew members are Ratsavong, assistant director and choreographer; Katie St. Pierre, producer; Bob Caldwell, vocal director and rehearsal pianist; Paul G. Caron, music director; James Kramlich, assistant to the directors; Leah Fournier, dance captain; Ellen Hodgkin, costumer; Kate Sicotte, stage manager; Melody Driscoll, prompter; Rachel Morin, publicity; Suzi Fourness, Ellen Hodgkin and Kate Sicotte, set decor; Heidi and Riley McCurdy, props; Richard Martin, lighting designer; Don Malpass, light operator; Chad Gagnon, sound design; Scott Powers, sound designer and operator; Ellen Hodgkin, lobby photos; Mike Cyr, production photos; and Celeste Philippon, playbill.

Shows will run March 20-29 at the performing arts center at 30 Academy St. Advance tickets are $15 except for the Thursday, March 26, show, $13. For reservations or more information, call 783-0958 or visit www.laclt.com.


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