Clarion University will conclude its theatre season April 19-22 with "Almost, Maine."
On a Friday night, deep in the winter, in the remote mythical town of Almost Maine, so far north, it's almost in Canada, and going to Vermont is considered moving south, the residents fall in and out of love in unexpected, unusual and often hilarious ways. With the northern lights hovering above, knees are getting bruised, and hearts are being broken in this popular and romantic comedy by award winning actor-playwright John Cariani.
"I think "Almost, Maine" can best be described as a midwinter night's dream. Or as a romance. A really funny, really sad romance...Nothing is what it seems. And this surprises people," the playwright said.
"Love manifests itself in so many ways," according to Bob Levy, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the play" and Almost, Maine, touches on so many of them, that is the charm and the allure of the play."
The 22 residents of "Almost" are played by a company of six actors: Coleen E. Scheerbaum, senior acting major from Brookville; Shayla Barrett, sophomore musical theatre major from Johnstown; Lindsay Victoria Smelcer, freshman theatre major from Bensalem; Phil Rocco, a freshman acting major from Monroeville; Daniel LaMond, a freshman musical theatre major from North Beach, Md.; and Tree Layton Zuzzio, a freshman from Camp Hill, majoring in management and political science.
The student-designed production features scenery by Thomas Feather, a junior design major from Windber; costumes by Samuel F. Atwell, senior acting major from St. Marys; lighting by Logan Honsaker, senior acting major from Twinsburg, Ohio; and properties design by Courtney H. Chaplin, a junior technical theatre major from McMurray. Designs are being supervised by theatre faculty Edward J. Powers and Myra Bullington. The production is stage managed by Cierra J. Southerton of Honesdale, as part of her graduation project in stage management, assisted by Robert Reiser, a sophomore technical theatre major from Langhorne. The production is directed by Bob Levy with fight choreography and coordination by Drew Leigh Williams.
Show times are 8 p.m. April 19-22 and 2 p.m. April 23 in Marwick-Boyd Little Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 814-393-2787 or online at www.clarionuniversitytickets.com.