Cold Comfort Theater will hold auditions Saturday, July 1, for its August show, “The Tragedy and Triumph of Smike,” based on a story adaptation from Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby.” Auditions will run from 11 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 95 High St., on the first floor.

Auditions will be by cold reading, no preparation required. This play will be presented for several nights in mid-to-late August, outdoors in Wales Park, exact dates to be announced. All shows will be at 6 p.m.

Some parts have been cast. Adult roles open are Mr. Squeers, the Magistrate, Cruel Uncle and Kind Employer. Also needed are boys age 8 to 14.

Rehearsals will be three times a week: Sunday afternoons; and Monday and Tuesday evenings. Not all actors will be required at all rehearsals, and the boys will not be needed often.

In addition to actors, Cold Comfort invites those interested in technical jobs such as painting, set design, lights, sets, props runners, costumes, makeup, box office, usher, refreshments, etc. For more information, send email to or call 930-7244.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or