Theatre Arts & Dance Presents the Mystical, "Almost, Maine"

Published: March 05, 2012 | Author: Michael French | Read Time: 2 minutes

In one magical night, under the glow of the northern lights, love is found unexpectedly, knees are bruised, and some hearts are broken in "Almost, Maine." This mystical romantic comedy explores not only the confusing concept of love; it delves into the many wondrous and exhilarating effects love can have on all of us. Written by John Cariani, "Almost, Maine" has quickly become one of the most popular shows being produced on regional stages all over the country.

Under the direction of Professor Richard Bugg, founder of the Neil Simon Festival, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will continue its presentation of the warm comedy, after a successful opening weekend, this March 8-10, in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30pm for all performances.

"Almost, Maine" takes you through one cold night as the northern lights hover above a remote town near the Canadian border. The production presents a series of vignettes described by The New York Times as “Magical...a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.” The residents of Almost, Maine, explore the diverse repercussions of love, ranging from letting go of love and realizing that you should say what is in your heart before it is too late. This production is recommended for anyone who has ever fallen or has been pushed into love.

The versatile ensemble cast features Ian Durrant, Nate Marble, Marco Vega, TJ Weddinton, Alex Allred, Jessica Winward, Heather Gibeson, Dory Peacock and Brooklyn Renshaw, together playing 20 characters in a variety of love relationships.

The creative team, led by Bugg, is comprised of staff and students: scenic designer Brian Jude Beacom, lighting designer Bryan Sommer, costume designer Wendy A. Sanders, sound designer Amanda McMall and hair and makeup design by Molly Niderhauser. Elisa Black is assistant director and Elizabeth Haight serves as Stage Manager.

"Almost, Maine" is the perfect date-night show. Ticket prices are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff, $5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. For tickets, call 435-586-7872 or purchase them at the Centrum Arena box office. Tickets may also be purchased online at

The Theatre Arts and Dance Series continues into the spring with the song-filled adaptation Little Women the Broadway Musical in April.

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