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Original Musical Coming to the Waldo Story date: 07/02/2008
"Lighthouse: A Downeast Musical" hits the boards later this month at the Waldo Theatre.
The cast of "Lighthouse" gave three brief previews of the show on Waldoboro Day and an interview with the director, playwright/producer and several cast members was aired on Maine Public Radio June 20. A segment was also taped for Lincoln County Cable TV. As a result, ticket sales are already brisk.
The world premier of Lighthouse opens on July 18, with additional performances at 7:30 on July 19, 25 and 26 and one matinee Sun., July 20 at 2 p.m.
The musical is by composer Robert Richardson of Washington, Me., with book and most lyrics by John Chandler of Thomaston. Ruth Monsell is the director, and Sean Fleming the musical director. A talented cast of 22 has been assembled from among Waldoboro residents, and towns as far away as Rockport and Portland. They range in age from 6 to 70.
Cast in leading roles are Andrew Barber (Woolwich), Aaron and Dee Clark (Rockport), Devin Dukes (Portland), Cotey Green (Freeport) and Joel Horne (Appleton.) In supporting roles are Dasha Aho, Emily Clark, Megan Clark, Julie Clark, Susannah Corwin, Ashley Cushman, Lee Emmons, Brad Fillion, Devin Fletcher, Alan Lowe, Amber Massicotte, Ben Nadell, Taylor Poulos, Sumner Richards, Nancy Slobodnik, and Steve Sozanski.
Julia Plumb of Nobleboro is the choreographer, Suzanne Jones of Boothbay the costumer, and Tabitha Ordway from Thomaston is the stage manager.
The show contains lots of memorable music, from love ballads to a highly original square dance called "The State O' Maine," which will have audiences tapping their feet and humming the tunes long after the curtain falls. A five-piece orchestra will accompany singers.
The story concerns life on a small island off the coast of Maine in 1932, the last year of prohibition, and the complications that arise when a schooner runs aground.
Tickets are on sale at the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, as well as from cast members. They can be reserved on line at www.theWaldo.org, or by calling the box office at 832-6060.