'The Beldenville Troll' Bruce Silcox


The Beldenville Troll: A New England Gothic

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 21-April 20
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 24-April 20
4 p.m.
April 8
7:30 p.m.
$15-$24; $5 preview show on Thu., March 21

The townsfolk of Beldenville, Maine don’t believe the local legend of a troll who lives in an old train tunnel. That changes after a child disappears, never to be seen again. In The Beldenville Troll, creator/director Joel Sass spins a tale full of fantasy, humor, terror, and a bit of romance. It’s a sequel of sorts to Sass’ 2017 production of The Red Shoes, in which he set Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale in the 1940s. The Beldenville Troll also updates a mythical story by giving it a modern setting. The audience will play detective, sorting out conflicting recollections regarding a strange village boy who may or may not be a troll-child. An exhibition of objects from Beldenville—including troll bones, dioramas, and old photography—will be on display for audiences to view before and after the show. The production features Sass’ brilliant setwork, and performances by a cast of three who double as actors and puppeteers. The show is rated PG-13 due to adult language and scary images. Teenagers and adults are invited—if they can handle the frights.