SRP Announces Auditions for “Greater Tuna”, August 10-12!

Sandy River Players announce auditions for Greater Tuna, to be held August 10 and 11 from 6-8 pm, and August 12 from 1-3 pm, in the Mable Hastie Lounge on the UMF Campus.

Greater Tuna, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, both pokes fun at, and pays tribute to, small-town life in the Southern US.  The play is characterized by a sizable number of eccentric and outrageous characters, often portrayed by a limited number of actors making rapid costume changes between scenes.

The cast includes potential roles for 12 males and 7 females, with the possibility of double casting. Not every cast member will have to be at every rehearsal. Please contact SRP at for more information. Show dates are scheduled for October 12-15.

SRP Presents “Comedy Tonight”, March 23rd & 24th

The Sandy River Players of Farmington have a remedy for those who are suffering from the Winter Blues. Mother Nature has not been kind, but SRP is offering a chance to ignore her and laugh away any negative feelings. Their therapy will be in the form of a collection of fun and humor which they have named “Comedy Tonight.” Their production will be an evening of comic skits, stand-up routines, improvisation, songs, and more. The audience will be drawn into the concept of a house party where everyone is intent on amusing their neighbors.
Performance dates are March 23 and 24, and the show will begin at 7:30. SRP is once again partnering with the West Farmington Grange, where the stage is being transformed into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Whosit. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. The production is being labeled a PG-13 for some adult language and situations.
Mr. and Mrs. Whosit will be played by director Robin Lisherness and producer Karen West. Their comic neighbors will be played by Laura Church, Bruce Ibarguen, Jackson Pendleton, Fred Dearnley, Dan Huettner, Laurel Fraley, and Rosie Doe. Their presentations will pay tribute to such authors as James Thurber, Jean Kerr, and Tim Sample, and the show will include original humor, musical theatre songs, and even some Looney Tunes!
Tickets will be available at the door only. Concessions will be served during the intermission.

UPDATE: Auditions for SRP Comedy Variety Show Set for Feb 8, 2018 Only

UPDATE: Due to Wednesday’s impending snowstorm, auditions will take place on Thursday, February 8th only.

Enjoy doing comedy on stage? Got a funny story or skit you’d like to share? Then you should audition for the Sandy River Players’ evening of comedy called “Comedy Tonight.” The production will be an evening of comic sketches, jokes, stories, and songs all strung together with the concept of an evening with Mr. and Mrs. Whosit and their friends. The Whosit party will take place near the end of March, just when everyone needs some laughs to get rid of winter’s memories.

Auditions will be held on February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 at the SRP Playhouse on Starling St. in West Farmington. Those auditioning should be prepared to present their own comic performance or read from a script provided by the director, Robin Lisherness. For more details, contact the Sandy River Players online ( or or call 684-4483.

Sandy River Players Present Two-Act Comedy, “Greater Tuna”

The Sandy River Players of Farmington invite audiences to travel with them to Tuna, Texas, where in the course of a normal day for citizens of Tuna they will explore many unusual scenarios. The two-act comedy “Greater Tuna,” by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, asks some peculiar questions such as: what was Judge Buckner actually wearing when he died? Is Petey Fisk a “puppy pusher?” Is Pearl Buras a serial dog killer? Did the town drunk really see a UFO? Should “Romeo and Juliet” be snatched from the high school library? These questions are answered with hilarity – and some adult language. The play would probably be rated PG-13.

“Greater Tuna” will be performed in the Mt. Blue High School Forum on Nov. 9 through 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General admission is $14 and Seniors and Students pay $10.

The play was originally conceived and performed by the two authors playing all 22 characters. Director Peter Simmel, former professor of Theatre at UMF, is repeating a concept he used at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, when he cast the play with multiple actors to fill the many roles. Co-author Joe Sears came to see Simmel’s production and said he very much liked the concept. So the SRP cast is made up of 18 actors, and in community theatre style includes high school students, retirees, a minister, college professors, and people who travel from East Dixfield, Vienna, and even Auburn to participate.


Complimentary tickets for the Sandy River Players’ production of “Greater Tuna” are being offered as prizes at the Dugout Bar and Grill Trivia night on Tuesday, November 7, and to lucky callers who respond to ads on local radio station WKTJ. That ad will be recorded by actors Bruce Ibarguen and Robin Lisherness (shown) who fill the roles of radio announcers in the play. This is no big jump for Ibarguen, who for many years was a notable voice of WKTJ.

Advance tickets may be purchased at DDG Booksellers in downtown Farmington or by reservation by calling 207.779.7884.

SRP Announces 2nd Round Auditions for “Greater Tuna”

The Sandy River Players of Farmington are announcing a second round of auditions for their Fall production of Greater Tuna, a comedy by Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Greater Tuna takes the audience through a day in the lives of the citizens of Tuna, Texas, encountering such things as radio station OKKK, UFO sightings, a used weapons sale, and celebrity murder. The play will be directed by retired University of Maine at Farmington professor of theatre, Peter Simmel. Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on September 14 and 15, and from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. The auditions will be held in the Performance Forum at Mt. Blue High School. The cast includes 19 characters. Some roles are likely to be double cast. Auditioners are asked to be ready to do cold readings from the script. The performance dates for Greater Tuna are Nov. 9 – 12. SRP is also seeking an assistant stage manager for this show. For more information you can email questions to or check the Sandy River Players FaceBook page.

Sandy River Players to Host Annual Meeting August 30th.

The Sandy River Players will hold its annual public meeting on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at Troll Valley Campground and Disc Golf.

This meeting will include a social hour and pot-luck supper, plus an optional business meeting–during which previous and upcoming productions will be discussed. There will also be an explanation of the nomination of new board members and election of officers. All former audience, cast, and crew members of any SRP show as well as anyone interested in auditioning for or helping behind the scenes with future shows are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Sandy River Players, your local theater company, has a long-standing tradition of producing quality plays and musicals. Recent productions include the annual summer children’s theater camp versions of The Lion King, Jr. and Spamalot, the plays Almost Maine and The Rimers of Eldrich, plus the musicals 1776 and The Sound of Music.

SRP is currently looking for new members to continue in the next season of this great theater tradition and provide input and talent with upcoming shows. Please join us!

If you would like more information and/or can’t make the meeting, please email

Monty Python’s “Spamalot: Young@Part”, July 14-16, Presented by the SRP Summer Music Theatre Camp

Always look on the bright side of life! Sandy River Players annual Summer Youth Music Theatre Camp will be performing “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” on July 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bjorn Auditorium at Mt. Blue Campus.

Appropriate for younger audiences, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: Young@part” is based on the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT;” ​books & lyrics by Eric Idle with music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. The Young@part edition has been adapted by Marc Tumminelli.

The story centers around King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. After a rather silly bit of miscommunication leads us briefly to Finland, our king and his ever faithful squire Patsy begin to search for knights to accompany him on his Quest. He finds his first in the unlikely guise of Dennis, a hideous local mud farmer. After convincing the locals that he is the king by conjuring the Lady of Lake to prove it, Dennis is transformed into Sir Galahad. The rest of the knights are found far and wide and The Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, send our stalwart band on their way. They meet up with an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters and musical hilarity ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey.

Tickets are available at Devaney, Doak, & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington or at the door the night of the performance. You can also reserve tickets by calling 779-7884. Please note that although this show is performed in the new Bjorn Auditorium, SRP’s contract with Theatrical Rights Worldwide has limited the number of seats available each night to 150 despite the larger size of the Bjorn, so please get your tickets early! The costs are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and students.…/sandy-river-players-summer-c…/

Summer’s Here, and SRP’s Music Theater Camp Starts Soon!

Summer is here, and Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp starts soon! This year’s production is “Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part,” a Theatrical Rights Worldwide production.

SRP’s Summer Youth Music Camp is a three-week theater camp for children ages 8 – 14. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning Monday, June 26th through Friday, July 14th with performances on July 14th, 15th and 16th. Camp is held in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus. Tickets for these performances will be available roughly two weeks before the performances at Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers, through the Sandy River Players reservation line and at the door. Each of these locations will have a LIMITED number of tickets.

Cost of the camp is $175. Camp size is limited to 30 children and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications will be available at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 193 Broadway in downtown Farmington starting on April 6th or via email to upon request immediately.

Completed applications should be mailed to: Sandy River Players, PO Box 709, Farmington, Maine 04938. Only mailed, hard copy applications will be accepted – electronic applications will NOT be considered. For more information or to request an application please contact

SRP’s “Eurydice” to Open at West Farmington Grange Hall, April 20th.

The Sandy River Players announce the opening of its second April production, “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, and offers a ticket deal for those who want to see both this weeks’ “Glass Menagerie” at MBHS’ Bjorn Auditorium and “Eurydice” next week at the West Farmington Grange. “Eurydice” will open on Thursday, April 20, and also run on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. All shows begin at 7:30.

SRP is excited to be exploring a new venue for this performance, the West Farmington Grange Hall, with the support of the West Farmington Grange. Ticket prices are $9 for students and $11 for adults. A special offer will take $2 off the price of admission if the audience member brings a ticket from the previous week’s SRP production of “The Glass Menagerie.”

For more information, read the full article at the Daily Bulldog:

Sandy River Players to Perform Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”

Sandy River Players is proud to announce its production of Tennessee William’s classic “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Kyla Wheeler. A symphony for four actors, “The Glass Menagerie” portrays a family’s struggle to maintain the precarious balance between a difficult past and an uncertain future, exploring the bonds of family, the weight of memory, and the force of loss.

“The Glass Menagerie” opens on Thursday, April 13 and runs Friday, April 14 and Saturday, 15 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Bjorn Auditorium at the Mt. Blue Campus.

Tickets can be purchased from Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers or by calling the Sandy River Players’ ticket line at (207) 779-7884. General admission tickets are $11.00, students/seniors are $9.00.

For more information, please read the article at the Daily Bulldog: