February 13, 2014

A lot like love: Students put on Valentine's weekend performances

LHS drama department to present 'Almost, Maine'

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — People in Almost, Maine, a mythical, remote and unincorporated area close to Canada, don’t have accents and don’t fish for lobsters.

In fact, the characters in the play “Almost, Maine” are quirky working-class people falling in and out of love, Ann Lines, Logansport High School drama director, said.

The Logansport High School drama department will present “Almost, Maine” this weekend, with opening night — appropriately enough — on Valentine’s Day.

Some scenes are humorous and some are serious, Lines said. “Almost Maine” is made up of nine short plays, each a two-person vignette.

Jacob Hoover, a student in the play, said those who come to watch the performance can expect to see love.

His brother, Zach Hoover, agreed by saying it was an appropriate Valentine’s Day show and people should “bring a date.”

Jacob portrays Steve, a character who can’t feel pain in a literal way. His favorite part about the play is when his character figures out he doesn’t need to rely on his brother as much as he does.

April Pickens, another student in the play, said the play has something for everyone.

“The play is cute, sad and funny — it encompasses all emotions,” April said.

April’s character, Glory, travels to Almost, Maine to see the Northern Lights to pay respect to her recently deceased husband. While Gloria is there she meets East, portrayed by Zach Hoover.

April describes her character has naïve at first, but says she evolves and becomes smarter. Her favorite part in the vignette is when her character sees the Northern Lights.

Zach’s character, a resident of Almost, Maine, is surprised to find Glory in his yard in one scene of the play.

He enjoys the fact that each character in the play evolves and changes, he said.

The show will go on despite disruptions caused by winter weather.

Instead of memorizing everything during rehearsal, actors had to do more work on their own for this production, Lines said.

The nine separate scenes have made it easier to work around the numerous weather-related school cancellations. Instead of everyone needing to be on stage at once, actors have been able to work on the specific scenes they are in, Lines said.

“It has probably been hard on them, but they’ve responded well,” Lines said.

Lines hopes to see several people in attendance this weekend.

“I think [the play] offers an interesting and entertaining look at something we’re all concerned with this week — love,” Lines said.

Production times for “Almost Maine” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. “Almost, Maine” is the last play of the year until the student-directed production of Saturday Night Live.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.

If you go: WHAT: LHS drama department presents "Almost, Maine" WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday WHERE: McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane, Logansport COST: $5 in advance or $6 at the door INFO: Call the box office at 574-753-4116