Juneau-Douglas High School Theater will open their 2013-2014 season on Friday with “Almost, Maine,” Shows will run this weekend only, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
“Almost, Maine,” is a romantic comedy written by John Cariani, presented as a series of nine vignettes about falling in and out of love in a town called Almost. In a New York Times interview published in December 2010, Cariani said that he originally wrote the play’s vignettes -- all based on his home state of Maine -- to perform at theater auditions (Cariani is also a Tony Award-nominated actor.) Later he used the stories as the basis for a performance piece, and the idea was picked up by a director, who asked him to make it into a play. The play premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, and was the best-selling show in the organization’s history. It went on to become one of the most-produced plays in North American high school theater, and has been staged all over the world.
In keeping with the intimate tone of the play, seating for the shows will be limited to about 60 people per performance due to this production’s special set-up as a “black box” theater. Audience members will be seated on the stage for the performances, creating a small setting similar to the Second Stage at Perseverance Theatre.
The cast for the JDHS production includes Liam Porter-Bell, Katie Bachman, Quinn White, Ashleigh Watt, Kyle Short, Darian Perov, Abigail Hay, Keely Ewing, Matthew Woodland, Brita Fagerstrom, Abbey VandenBerg, Cheyenne Siverly, Becky Erickson, Melissa Bowhay, Megan Wright and Kyle Short. Some students play more than one role.
The creative team includes Aurora Bodine on sound and props, and Elle Campbell, stage manager. JDHS director Michaela Moore directs.
Tickets are $15 each and will be sold at the door.
For more information, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.