Many faces of love found in ‘Almost, Maine’

Nov. 18, 2016

The twists and turns of love within an hour’s time in a small town in Maine are at the heart of “Almost, Maine,” LaGrange College Theatre’s new production that opens Nov. 30 in Price Theater’s Lab Theater.

Director Tracy Riggs, Instructor of Theatre Arts, said the play is made up of a prologue, eight short scenes and an epilogue.

“All of the action takes place at 9 p.m. on a cold Friday night in a Maine town called Almost,” she said. “But these are not stereotypical Maine characters – no one is a lobsterman or has a funny accent.”

There are 19 parts in the script, but it is written for both 19 actors or for four people who rotate through the roles. Riggs said she decided to go for a full cast for two reasons.

“One, the department is growing and we have so many talented actors that I wanted to use them,” she said. “I also think it is easier for the audience to identify with each character if they are portrayed by different people.”

Anna Hawthorne, a freshman Musical Theatre major, said she is thrilled to be appearing in a show her first year at the college.

“I love the fact that I have a role as a freshman,” she said. “That doesn’t happen at a lot of other schools. And having the amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with our professors, which really impacts the way we perform. It’s an amazing experience.”

Sophomore Aston Williams is a Composition and Music Technologies major and is in his second show at LC.

“I tend to be a little shy, but doing theater really helps me open up more as a person,” he said.
More than half of the actors are coming into “Almost, Maine” straight out of the fall musical “Into the Woods.” Senior Jalen Smith, a Vocal Performance major, said the transition hasn’t been as difficult as he had feared.

“I only appear in one scene,” he said. “In fact, none of us are in more than one scene. ‘Into the Woods’ was this huge show with many things going on at the same time, so coming into an intimate production like this has been a bit easier.”

Will Wooten, a sophomore Math major, appeared as the condescending steward in “Into the Woods.” He said he is enjoying playing a completely different character.

“Pete is a sweet and nervous boy, so I’m using other parts of my brain this time,” he said with a smile.

He said he is excited about performing in the more intimate space of the Lab Theatre.

“It’s neat to have the audience so close,” he said. “We’ll be able to make even more of an impact.”

Senior Sadie Gibson said “Almost, Maine” has a universal appeal.

“It deals with love in so many different ways,” she said.

It also has given the actors pause to think about the meaningful things in their lives. Sadie, a double major in Theatre Arts and English, reflected on her time on the stages of Price Theater.

“I’ve experienced such growth over these four years,” she said. “All I had really done before I came to LaGrange was dance, but then I got cast in ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ my freshman year and I learned that I could do so much more.

“I’m not the same person I was then. I’m so much more confident and open to what life has to offer, and I hope that shows in my acting now.”

The show runs Nov. 30-Dec. 4. The box office will be open Monday and Tuesday, but will be closed for the holidays until Nov. 28. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (55 and older) and non-LC students and free for LC students faculty and staff. The box office is open weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. Email the box office to make reservations at priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu, or call 706-880-8080.

If emailing or calling, please leave name, the performance date/time and number of tickets desired, type of tickets and a call-back number and email address for confirmation.


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