Welcome to Almost, Maine: It’s love…but not quite

Join our upper school theater department for its first play of the school year on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Hackney Theater at 7 p.m., followed by a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m.

This play is a quirky, romantic comedy called Almost, Maine. Our upper school students are thrilled to share the first play of the year, and the first love story to be featured by our students on the Hackney Theater stage.

“The play is unique as it is nine short scenes that take place in the fictional town of Almost, Maine,” said Brendan Hoyle, theater director and coordinator of maker education. “It’s called Almost, Maine because it never became an actual town. The play takes place on a magical winter night, and all of the short scenes have to do with love.”

There are several characters that help to bring the story lines to life.

“I play Hope in the scene The Story of Hope,” said Maya Porten ’20. “The scene is about a girl who comes back to her hometown. After going to college and getting a job, she begins to chase after a guy that she dated before she left.”

This is Maya’s first play as a student at Collegiate, and she says she is ready to shine. Not only that, our seasoned student performers are excited about the play, including Taylor Dews ’18.

“I play Sandrine in the skit Sad and Glad,” said Taylor. “Basically, there is a guy named Jimmy and a girl named Sandrine who had a prior relationship. It deals with his sadness of losing the relationship and her gladness of finding a new one.”

Each student has the opportunity to play a lead role with a variety of scenes throughout the play.

“There is a total of 12 cast members,” said Hoyle. “We have three big parts and nine small parts. Each student gets a chance to shine.”

Tickets for Almost, Maine are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Brendan Hoyle at bhoyle@norfolkcollegiate.org.