Deep in South Georgia, with spring in the air despite the lower-than-normal temperatures, Cook High School Theatre does the unexpected. It takes audiences on a journey to the frozen north, to a strange and comical place with the play “Almost, Maine.”
Playwright John Cariani’s relatively new play is a series of vignettes all set in a Maine winter, all concerned with the ups and downs, the never-changing nature and unique aspects of love in the 2000s.
“‘Almost, Maine’ is a play made up of several 10-minute scenes or vignettes,” says Jeremy Williams, CHS Theatre director. “There are nine of these scenes in the whole show, but we will only perform five of them since we will be entering the piece in a one-act competition in Savannah next month. The show is a romantic comedy that takes place in a small town in rural northern Maine. It has small elements of magic that reflect outwardly what love does to people inwardly. ... It really is a beautiful piece.”
In terms of challenges, Williams says this show’s format fits the needs of the coming competition and the cast and crew’s busy schedules.
“The format is actually one of the reasons we chose the show. The cast members and I have a lot going on during this spring semester, and we got a late start on it because of Thespian Conference,” Williams says. “With this show we could work in smaller groups on the 10-minute plays, then come together to work on the whole thing. It was a way for us to maximize our limited rehearsal time.”
Cook High School Theatre presents “Almost, Maine.”
When: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, March 27, 28.
Where: Carolyn Harris Performing Arts Center, Cook High School, Adel.
Ticket: $5, general admission.