The Rangeley Friends of the Arts plans to hold open auditions for its summer production of a comedy, “The Death of Robin Hood.”

Auditions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main St. The production is scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 2. The audition and all RFA productions will follow the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines, and masks are required.

“The Death of Robin Hood” covers the sordid affair of the character’s demise from those who knew him best, friends and foes alike. It’s a comedy in two acts that runs an hour and a half and features silly costumes, witty dialogue, daring sword fights, and a whole lot of fun.

Auditions are for the following characters:

• Alan: Male, 20s-30s. A wandering minstrel, recently returned to Loxley, with a weak stomach.

• Little John: Male, 30s-50s. A boisterous, friendly blacksmith. Had studied to be a priest in a past life.

• Ellen: Female, 20s-30s. Lady Marian’s maid, Will’s athletic sister, and Alan’s former lover.

• Marian: Female, 20s-40s. The bored wife of the Sheriff.

• Sheriff: Male, 30s-50s. Lady Marian’s husband and Loxley’s frustrated lawman, who has some skill with a sword.

• Will: Male, 20s-30s. Ellen’s older brother and Alan’s former best friend, who happens to be an excellent swordsman.

For a list of the readings, visit rangeleyarts.org and click on “Get Involved” at the top of the page. Although memorization is not necessary, delivery should be rehearsed. Expect to read group scenes with others auditioning; RFA is looking for various forms of chemistry between different roles.

Those who can’t make the audition time can send in a video recording of the provided reading, and are asked to record all lines in their gender.

RFA is willing to accept auditions from college students that won’t be in town until the second half of May. Video auditions must be sent to [email protected] by no later than April 10.

The RFA is planning a full series of COVID-safe events for small audiences this summer, including outdoor events, gallery openings, youth camps, workshops and live theater. For more information about the RFA and its programming, visit rangeleyarts.org.

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