Drama program prepares for fall comedy, “Almost, Maine”

Freshmen Jake Dobbs, (left) and Colton Spampinato, (right)  rehearse one of their scenes that will take place in the fall comedy. They have spent many hours in the CAC working to perfect their parts. (credit: Jared Cohn)

Freshmen Jake Dobbs, (left) and Colton Spampinato, (right) rehearse one of their scenes that will take place in the fall comedy. They have spent many hours in the CAC working to perfect their parts. (credit: Jared Cohn)

Jenna Tarantino, staff writer

CHS’ annual fall comedy is swiftly approaching and the students in the drama program are preparing diligently. This year they take on the romantic comedy  ‘Almost Maine’ written by American actor John Cariani.

The title is derived from the setting of the play, a town called Almost in the state of Maine.

“The play is about different love stories that are all happening at the same time,” senior Madi Lewis said.

Mrs. Hall puts a lot of thought into choosing the right play for the drama program to perform. The students then begin rehearsing; eager to produce a successful play. Unlike any play the school has done before, Almost Maine is unique in structure because there isn’t only one main character.

“So far our rehearsals have been separated into Act one and Act two groups, since no characters appear in both acts and there are two to three people in every scene,” Lewis said.

As for plot, it will most definitely not be a disappointment. All audiences will find enjoyment in Almost Maine.

“Some parts make you laugh, some parts make you cry, it has it all,” Lewis said.

Although there aren’t specifically main characters, Lewis plays a vital role in the comedy. Lewis plays a hiker who is one of the few characters that isn’t a native of Almost.

“My scenes create the setting for the play,” Lewis said.

When it comes to special effects, the CHS drama program never falls short. “Almost Maine” will be no less spectacular than previous plays.

“In the setting, we are expecting the Northern Lights,” Lewis said.

Such special effects will make for an entertaining show and real life-like scenes. Eager to showcase all of these preparations students in the drama program are anxiously anticipating opening night.

“We are all apart of it because we love theater,” Lewis said. “We have a great cast and crew and it’s something audiences can relate to.”

Don’t miss the chance to see CHS drama program perform Almost Maine at the CAC on Nov.8, 9 and 10 at seven o’clock.