AUBURN — Community Little Theatre held auditions for and is naming the cast for the upcoming production of Philip Barry’s classic, “The Philadelphia Story.” This sparkling comedy is a witty, sophisticated romp, a breezy and romantic story which explores family dynamics, class prejudice and human frailty.

The movie starred Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The wealthy and well established Lord family of 1940s Philadelphia is about to welcome the cream of society into their home for the second wedding of Tracy Lord, the strong and vibrant daughter of the house, to George Kittredge, a proudly priggish up-and-coming self-made coal mine manager, much to the annoyance of little sister Dinah, big brother Sandy, and ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven, none of whom believe that George is good enough for her.

Unfortunately, father Seth’s philandering with a Broadway dancer causes a scandal, which an unscrupulous media tycoon threatens to break — unless he can send a reporter to cover this high society wedding from the inside. Enter Macaulay “Mike” Connor, a writer of quality unwillingly slumming it on the society beat and his faithful photographer, Liz, whose romantic connection is not enough to stop the fascinating dance that ensues when Tracy and Mike meet and spar over class boundaries while both become the worse for champagne. Torn between three men, Tracy must determine whether or not she belongs on a pedestal.

Tracy Lord, the role that cemented Hepburn’s reputation as box office gold, will be performed by Emily Grotz. Her three suitors include CLT favorite Jason Pelletier, who will undertake the ex – or maybe not so ex – husband, CK Dexter Haven; David Moyse as Macauley “Mike” Connor, the reporter who gets more story than he bargained for; and Nathan White as the uptight social climbing fiancé George Kittredge. Megan Record will portray Liz, Mike’s sidekick photographer (and hopeful love interest). Anita Charles and Mark Hazard will appear as Tracy’s parents, Margaret and Seth Lord. Jim McKinley will appear as the irascible Uncle Willy. Tracy’s siblings, Sandy and Dinah, will be portrayed by Ben Simpson and Sophie Bourget, respectively. Rounding out the cast will be Mike Farrell as Mac the Night Watchman and Dr. Parsons; David Ouellette as Thomas, the butler; and Leslie Buot as Elsie May, the maid.

“The Philadelphia Story” opens Friday, Jan. 17, with performances on Jan. 17, 18, 19 and 23, 24, 25, 26. Evening performances on all dates are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on Sundays are at 2 p.m.

For tickets, go online to the new ticketing platform at or call the box office, 207-783-0958. Community Little Theatre is on Academy Street.

The Lord Family: Ben Simpson, Mark Hazard, Emily Grotz, Anita Charles, Sophie Bourget, Leslie Buot, David Ouellette and Jim McKinley. Submitted photo

David Moyse, Jason Pelletier, Mike Farrell and Nathan White Submitted photo

Megan Record and Jim McKinley Submitted photo

Emily Grotz, David Moyse, Jason Pelletier and Nathan White Submitted photo

Sophie Bourget, Jim McKinley and David Ouellette Submitted photo

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