Belfast Maskers will hold auditions for Dearly Departed, a comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, on Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m. and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m., at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street.

Dearly Departed presents a humorous take on living and dying in the American South. When the Turpin family patriarch keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan. 

There are roles for four men and six women, ages 20 to 80. Performances will be held October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Dearly Departed will be directed by Belfast Maskers’ newly appointed artistic director, Meg Nickerson. For more information, email her at