Those looking for plans this coming Valentine’s Day only need to look as far as the Leesville stage.
For the first time ever, Leesville Theatre will be performing a “Holiday Show”; specifically John Cariani’s Almost, Maine — the most produced high school show.
Cariani’s first full-length show, Almost, Maine, follows the story of some (unlikely) couples during a normal evening in the town of, you guessed it, “Almost”, Maine. Each scene has to do with a new and different relationship than the one before it, making each special and like its own little show. The show combines elements of magical realism and fantasy to create a very lovey show that touches the heart of the audience. Overall, it is just an entertaining show to watch.
Performing this show here at Leesville has been special since it has given some upcoming or returning, novice or experienced actors the chance at an easy-going and fun show.
“In rehearsing for this show my favorite part has been interacting with all the other talented actors and getting to be creative and come up with new ideas” said Brock Johnston, a senior who is playing the role of Randy in his first show. “ I am really looking forward to my first highschool [sic] production… I am worried about choking up or having unexpected difficulties executing the performance but I am confident it will go well.”
Not only is this show a first-time experience for some actors, but it is a whole new ballpark for members of the production team.
“Being an [Assistant Director] has enabled me to grow as an actor,” said Ryan Schiman, a member of Mainstage and most recently Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher. “By taking an outside view, giving directing notes, I’m able to better understand the art of acting.”
Ryan is also starring in one of the scenes. Whether he’s performing or directing, Ryan looks forward to when to the “magical moment where all these separate scenes come together” and tell one big story on love, loss, and relationships.
Almost, Maine will be performed February 15-17 at 7 pm.