2019 Fall Production Almost, Maine
Ashland High School Theatrical Society
2019 Fall Production
By John Cariani
THE STORY: Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
“ALMOST, MAINE is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).” —NY Times.
“Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. ALMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” —NY Daily News.
“Mega-hit ALMOST, MAINE lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town. Unabashedly unhip. There is no pretense of an edge here—the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.” —New York Post.
Friday, November 1 at 7 PM
Saturday, November 2 at 7 PM
Sunday, November 3 at 2 PM
Directed by David E. Harrington
Scenic and Sound Design: David E. Harrington
Technical, Costume, Lighting and Makeup Direction: David E. Harrington
Stage Manager: Lily Mihnos
Assistant Director: Adrianna Fawkes
Costume Designer: Lauren Burke
Assistant to the Scenic Designer: Anne Fejer
Deputy Stage Managers: Natalia Ferraz
Student Technical Director: Nathan Noel
Box Office Managers:
(In order of appearance)
Prologue, Interlogue, Epilogue
Sad and Glad
Getting It Back
Where It Went
Story of Hope
Seeing the Thing
Auditions and Call Backs: Tuesday, September 10th at 3 PM and Wednesday, September 11th at 3 PM.
Casting: Doubling, flexible casting.
The Audition Process will be guided by the following principals:
- Students will not be excluded from being cast simply because they are inexperienced.
- The casting procedures will be professional and respectful—keeping in mind all actors face rejection all the time, and feel it.
- All students are welcome to audition.
- Everyone can act, and does so every single day.
Anyone with a grain of compassion hates auditions. You know that you are going to hurt someone’s feelings, no matter what you do. Unfortunately, no one has ever found a better way to cast a play. You have to audition. There are many audition methods. Each is built around answering particular questions. Anyone auditioning will be given one or two short scenes to do with random partners. This method is fair in that everyone starts from the same point. No one can prepare ahead of time. Anyone who walks in the door gets the same chance as anyone else. In some cases the Director will give stage directions by the director.
Framework of Auditions
- The audition material will not be available until the audition.
- Auditions will be open only to those auditioning.
- Students will not be cast or placed in a crew position if their Audition/Crew Forms are not in. These forms will be available in September.