BANGOR – One of Maine’s most vital industries is getting the musical treatment via a world premiere production at Penobscot Theatre Company.

“Trapped! The Musical” – subtitled “A Lobster Tale” – is the brainchild of Larrance Fingerhut (music) and Andy Eninger (book & lyrics), building on a story conceived by both. Directed by Anneliese Toft with musical direction by Fingerhut, the show is receiving its first-ever production on the Bangor Opera House Stage, where it is set to run through March 5.

“Trapped!” is the story of a small island town in Maine, a place where lobster is king and not much ever really changes. But when the forces of the outside world start to infringe on this bucolic place, the locals are torn. Should they stay in the past? Or should they embrace the future? And does it have to be one or the other?

In many ways, the show is a love letter, exploring the joys and woes that come with small-town life. That affection is clear and abiding, permeating the entire production. With toe-tapping songs, high-energy choreography, loads of jokes and some outstanding production values – not to mention a dynamite ensemble cast – this show will have you yearning for the salty spray and honest ache of a day spent hauling traps out on the water.

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