Seniors Caitlin Bourke and Amelia Graham stepped up to become student directors of this year’s fall play, “Almost, Maine”, and brought the show to a fantastic success.
Lights went up on a park bench, and the night started off awkwardly funny. Audiences were laughing at the first few lines. The show continued through a diner, a laundromat, several porches and homes, and just underneath the Northern Lights.
All these places were able to be featured because the show was a series of vignettes – short scenes focusing on a few characters of themes – that had nearly no connection to each other, save for a bit of name-dropping. Each scene brought a new emotion to the table: some were happy, some were sad, some were funny, some were hopeful. Audiences were taken on a rollercoaster when they sat down for the show, and the actors had people laughing and crying.
The scenes took place in an unorganized territory in Maine, a place that its residents call “Almost”. The script focused on several aspects of small town life; running into people you know, everyone going to the same bar on Friday nights, etc. Surreal events take place that Friday night, such as a shoe falling from the sky just as a couple finally works out their problems with each other.
This scene isn’t one that you would find in a normal play, and this unique script is continued throughout the night; no play is exactly as you would expect. Another example is during “Her Heart”, the first scene, where main character Glory carries her heart around in a paper bag.
Each night also featured a slightly different cast; as some roles were double cast. One of these roles was that of Rhonda, in an audience favored scene, “Seeing the Thing”. Both Bourke and sophomore Antoinette Chango took on the challenging role. This scene focused on two adults, David and Rhonda, who were coming back from a night of snowmobiling. David gives Rhonda a “stare at it until you see it” painting, and an act of comedy follows when Rhondra tries to guess what it is. The scene closes with Rhoda and David falling in love, and several layers of clothes being stripped off – to the sound of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
The talent that SPFHS has is bright and clear on the auditorium stage. Each actor brought their scenes to life, telling a much bigger story within their respective ten or so minutes. The directors found plenty of talent, and everyone came together in a successful performance.