Travel to “Almost, Maine” in Walters State Community College’s Music and Theatre Department. Showtimes are 8 p.m. April 5-6 and April 12-13. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. April 7 and 14.
“Almost, Maine” is a remote town and a fairly normal place – until residents begin falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Love is lost and found without rhyme or reason. The play links nine vignettes about romance with a little magic and some great surprises. Underneath the laughter, though, “Almost, Maine” explores one of life’s greatest mysteries: the human heart.
The play is one of director T.J. Kent’s favorites.
“This play has a second reality that the audience will enjoy. For our theatre students, this play is a very good exercise in character development and scene work. Plus, the play has comedy and drama. Audience members may find themselves crying and, just a few minutes later, laughing,” said Kent, theatre instructor at Walters State.
The cast includes John Newman of Jefferson City, Isabelle Baker and Lesa Baker of Morristown; Brady Spaulding of Talbott; Dani Tower of Morristown, Luke Walker of Luttrell; Taylor Ferrell of Rogersville; Skylar Trent of Sevierville; Taylor Robinette of Rogersville; Nolan Rines, Hannah Corlew, Jim Lumpkins and Evan Corlew, all of Morristown; Brittany Coopman of Talbott and Nathan McGhee of Russellville.
While the play is very popular among theatre lovers, “Almost, Maine” made its stage debut in 2005. Few of the 16 cast members had seen the play. So, young actors had no mental images of the “right” way to play a character.
“We are so used to doing a lot of big shows and classics. Those are always great. With this play, students have been able to start from scratch and build their characters. Students actually own the character for the duration of the play,” Kent said.
And how do they do with this in-depth character development?
“As actors, they have grown by leaps and bounds. This play wasn’t in their comfort zones. Many were used to doing big musicals. This production is much more intimate,” Kent said. At times, this production may be a character sharing private thoughts with the audience, Kent explained.
“I am so proud of the cast members and the crew. They have put so much hard work into this production. Everyone has done a great job,” Kent added.
The play will be in the theatre of the William H. Inman Humanities Complex on the Morristown campus. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. To make reservations, call (423) 585-6922 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be available at the box office, which opens an hour before the show starts.