Regular auditions for the live radio play of “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder will be held March 25 and 26, at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eagle River, at 105 N. First St.

However, director Bernie Hupperts also will arrange early auditions by appointment during January for those who travel to warmer climates and won’t be available in March.

The actual performance of “The Matchmaker” is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, in the Northland Pines Middle School and High School auditorium. 

Two-hour practices will take place Tuesdays, beginning April 2, at 6:30 p.m.

A live radio performance allows actors to carry their scripts throughout the play. The performance is enhanced with appropriate costumes, live sound effects and lighting. 

“This year’s play is a comedy that takes place in the 1890s. Those who audition will recognize this farce was used as the basis for the famous musical ‘Hello, Dolly,’ ” said Hupperts.

According to the director, to complete the cast, actors from high school age through their 80s are needed. There are nine men and seven women in the cast.

“The plot centers on curmudgeon Horace Vander Gelder who wishes to control everyone’s love life, but is actually maneuvered into marriage himself by the widowed Dolly Levi,” Hupperts said. 

Most recently, “Hello, Dolly” was revived onstage with Bette Midler. The well-known film starred Barbra Strei­sand and Walter Matthau.

The project is sponsored by the Northwoods Community Theater under the umbrella of the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts. 

Anyone interested in a January audition and not able to attend regular March auditions can call (715) 617-9468 to arrange a reading.