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Eisenhower to present its ‘Maine’ act

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 18, 2015

 Eisenhower High School students Skitter McConkie and Griffin Sheridan rehearse and play the roles of Dave and Rhonda in a student production of “Almost, Maine.”

Eisenhower High School students Skitter McConkie and Griffin Sheridan rehearse and play the roles of Dave and Rhonda in a student production of “Almost, Maine.”

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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“Almost” is more than good enough for Eisenhower High School students as they get ready to present their latest play, “Almost, Maine,” Nov. 20-22.

Eisenhower theater director David Springer described “Almost, Maine” as “a more modern play” that has a feeling of fun and quirkiness.

“It is actually one of the most performed plays of the 2010s, and the reason for that is that it’s a romantic comedy,” he said.

He said the play supports a cast of around 19 students, and those students act out nine separate stories within the play that revolve around the characters and their various relationships within the fictional town of Almost.

Springer said all nine of the stories take place at the same time on one winter night, and the characters periodically mention one another throughout the play.

“I think the audience is really going to enjoy the different relationships, and it does move quickly from one scene to another,” he said.

“There’s young love, and there are people that are just finding each other for the first time,” he said. “There’s touching and funny (moments), but there’s also moments of drama. It really just has a lot of different feelings.”

Eisenhower senior Griffin Sheridan said he plays a “good guy” character named Dave who is trying to woo a woman named Rhonda.

“The great thing about it is it’s such a mix of dramatic and comedy and romance,” he said. “The point is that we have the ability to tell multiple stories and send out multiple messages.”

Senior Lily Schmidt plays a young woman named Glory, whom Schmidt described as closed-off and “kind of on her own and kind of lost in the world.” During Glory’s scene, she has to learn how to enter a new relationship.

“You really have to show this wall built around herself,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the play’s stories all happen in the same time span in Almost, which she described as a very small setting that’s like its own little world.

“The idea is it’s almost a town, so it’s not even really one, and it’s very, very northward — it’s almost in Canada,” she said. “Even though it’s freezing cold out, it’s a very cool atmosphere. The Northern Lights hit at the same time.”

She said she hopes audience members will be able to find some joy in the show.

“There are a lot of laughs in it,” she said.

Eisenhower High School’s performing arts department will present “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the high school, 6500 25 Mile Road in Shelby Township. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets may be bought at the door or at www.showtix4u.com.

Learn more by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000.

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