DERBY LINE — In January 2020, The Borderline Players Theatre Company that performs at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line was headed for its best year yet.
They hosted auditions for their 3rd full season and were ready to hit the stage running when a global pandemic had other plans.
They found its rehearsals for Noises Off come to a complete halt in March 2020, and the border closed soon thereafter.
The company said they did their best to maintain communication, even hosting outdoor improv classes last summer, and now, they’re ready to reunite.
“We are so pleased to be coming back together to keep the arts alive and well here on the border,” Borderline Players founder, Christopher Planetta said. “We have worked hard during this time as a company to make sure that we still offer only the highest quality shows and entertainment we can. I think everyone will be thrilled to see the curtain come back up and hear the laughter and applause.”
The company will be back onstage August 5-14, with the super-fun and fast-paced The Addams Family musical.
While the cast and crew will look a little different than the 2020 plan, it’s still shaping up to be a star-studded cast.
“I have been looking forward to this for a long time,” Director Sarah Comtois said. “I think we all have a newfound gratitude for theatre as a whole now. I am so excited to have the opportunity to bring this first post-pandemic show to the Haskell stage.”
The company is still looking for a music director/pianist and perhaps even a few more cast members for the ensemble.
“Watching them lock up the Haskell and close the border hit many of us hard,” Mamma Mia director and board member Mary Hoadley said. “This isn’t just a theatre company. This is a family. We look forward to being back together as two countries commit to one goal. Making drama on the border.”
They are also welcoming donations for their season ahead.