WATERVILLE — The Waterville Opera House recently announced a return to live theatre with its 2021-22 theatrical season. One musical and four plays will reignite the stage of the historic 119-year-old theatre.

“After having the stage dark for over a year, we couldn’t be more thrilled to open the curtain and raise the lights for our amazing theater family once again,” says Michelle Sweet, interim executive director of the Waterville Opera House, according to a news release from Mary Ellms, Marketing Associate for Waterville Creates.

“We look forward to bringing our community back together to be entertained by this season’s selection of mysteries, musicals, and comedies. From our family-friendly musical “Tuck Everlasting” to the risqué farce “A Flea in Her Ear,” there truly is something for everyone!”

Opening the 2021-22 season is “The Dinner Party” (Sept. 3-12). In one of the fanciest restaurants in Paris, guests attend a dinner party, unaware of the reason for the party or that the one thing they all have in common is their divorce attorney. Laced with trademark wit, this comedic farce from Neil Simon proves that sometimes a marriage doesn’t end after the divorce.

Tickets cost $24-$26.

Based on the classic film and popular board game, “Clue” (Nov. 12-21) will keep audiences guessing until the final curtain. On a dark and stormy night, each dinner party guest has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard to find the murderer.

Tickets cost $24-$26.

Starting off the New Year is the play “The Mousetrap” (Jan. 21-30) by the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff of Monkswell Manor are stranded during a blizzard. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another while working to solve the murder.

Tickets cost $24-$26.

Rescheduled from our 2019-20 season is “Tuck Everlasting” (April 1-10). 11-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure, and when she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family, she gets more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck Family’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret and choose her own path: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Tickets cost $27-$27.

Rounding out the 2021-22 season is another rescheduled production and one of the greatest French farces, “A Flea in Her Ear” (June 17-26). Set in Paris, the story centers around a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. She devises a trap in the form of an anonymous love letter to catch him in the act. Soon the letter makes its way through their friends, setting off a chain of hilarity that includes jealousy, mistaken identities, and lots of door slamming.

Tickets cost $24-$26.

The box office is open to in-person visitors at a new location, the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water St. in Waterville.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Kennebec County, visitors are asked to wear masks inside the Waterville Creates’ administrative office and studio areas, including the box office. Office hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit operahouse.org or call 207-873-7000.