By: Kade Page
On Dec. 6 and 7, in the Bray Auditorium, the AHS drama club presented Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy written by John Cariani, and directed by science teacher Mr. Peter Tarsi.
With a cast of 19, this play contains unusual scenes that recreate the feeling of a miniature play, with two to three people per scene, and, for the most part, the actors and actresses will not return after their scene is finished.
The play is short; only showing short glimpses into each character’s life, yet can still influence the audience’s feelings, as if they are watching real people fall in and out of love in small-town America.
To prepare for this production, Tarsi had an interesting plan; to develop chemistry between the actors, by encouraging the actors who shared a scene to spend quality time together. This is reflected on the stage, making the emotional display of friendships, breaking up and falling in love, even more believable.
Keenan O’Melia (12), a member of the drama club said about his scene partner, Adena Darkstar (11), “I feel like we became a lot closer to each other during Almost, Maine, because we spent so much time together rehearsing for the production that we really got to know each other.”
“While the actors are building chemistry, it’s important to maintain the friendship rather than try to start a romantic relationship or fight with your scene partner, because the actors’ chemistry could make or break the scene,” said Kait Hull (12).
The cast of Almost, Maine will be rehearsing every day during the final week before their production, making for an intense week. Evan Laferriere (11) said, “Even though the week before the production is hard, it’s really rewarding to see it pay off when the audience finally sees what we’ve been working so hard to put together.”