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Student play 'Almost, Maine' opens this weekend

When the Douglas High School drama students first read the script for their spring play, they fell in love in the romantic comedy.

“Almost, Maine,” a romantic comedy about love lost and found opens this weekend at Douglas High School.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and Saturday and April 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday and April 6 in the school’s drama room

“I first saw the play at the State Thespian Festival two years ago and the audience really went wild over it. The class began with a play read and analysis, and they also fell in love with it and became excited about creating these stories on stage,” drama club leader Amy Sando said. “I wanted to tell these stories, and I think everyone will relate to this play and walk away with something to think about in regard to their own relationship.”

“Almost, Maine” takes place in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above. Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded.

“There is nothing not to like about this play; everyone loves a love story,” Sando said. “This isn’t a super syrupy romantic comedy because it is not happily ever after for all the couples. But, the audience will leave feeling good and happy for those couples that do work out.”

According to organizers, ”Almost, Maine” has been produced by more than 2,000 theater companies in the United States (and by over a dozen companies internationally) making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.

“My drama class became the production crew for this play. Norris Edson, from Carson Valley Community Theatre built the set with our students, which is always a great hands-on experience for them,” Sando said. “They learn how the set, costumes, lighting, and sound can help tell the story and present the theme they wanted to highlight about love lost and found. They have real ownership over this production.”

Ticket sales for the show evening will help cover costs for students traveling to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., this summer.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission or $7 for students, children and seniors.

The Douglas High School marching band is also having a spaghetti feed fundraiser tonight in the school commons.

The dinner and silent auction proceeds will go toward new uniforms for the band. Dinner is 5:30-8 p.m. Cost is $7 per person, or $30 per family (limited to six people.)

The Jazz Cats will provide entertainment, along with a silent auction and children’s raffle.

For more information, call 782-5136

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 2, 2014 10:17AM Published Mar 27, 2014 02:02PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.