Matthew McLauglin, left, and Gwen Fraiser rehearse for Gaslight’s production of “The Stranger” in November. McLaughlin will direct “Love is Murder” in February. John Rider photo

HALLOWELL — Auditions for Gaslight Theater’s first show of 2023 are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18, at Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop St.

“Love Is Murder” is a comedic spoof of the romance novel industry written by Tim Kelly. It begins when Valentina Velour, the Queen of Romance Fiction, opens her luxurious “Honeymoon House” to a television program, according to a news release from the theater.

Unfortunately, someone has left a dead man in the closet, and The Rose Killer is bumping off the love scribblers. Confusion and madness abound as vitamin fanatics, cops, literary agents and writers collide. The whole madcap mess concludes with the exposure of Valentina’s arch enemy and an affirmation of her philosophy — “Romance will be here when men and women no longer walk the earth!”

Show dates are the weekends of Feb. 10, 11 and 12, and 17, 18 and 19 at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.

Those who audition are asked to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to auditions. The show consists of three acts with parts for five women and five men. Auditions are cold readings.

For more information, visit or call 207-626-3698.


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