Quirky comedy ‘Almost, Maine’ at St. Francis High

St. Francis High School students perform the quirky comedy “Almost, Maine” for their fall play.

Sandrine (Raelin Palarski) has an awkward moment with her former boyfriend Jimmy (Luke Thoennes), while their waitress (Alexis Dykema) interrupts them in St. Francis High School’s production of “Almost, Maine.” Photo courtesy of Natasha Ervasti

Sandrine (Raelin Palarski) has an awkward moment with her former boyfriend Jimmy (Luke Thoennes), while their waitress (Alexis Dykema) interrupts them in St. Francis High School’s production of “Almost, Maine.” Photo courtesy of Natasha Ervasti

“It’s a really sweet play,” said director Glenn Morehouse Olson. “It’s all about love and its different forms.”

The show, by playwright John Cariani, takes place in the fictional town of Almost, Maine, at a snowy time when the Northern Lights are glimmering across the state.

“The playwright does a brilliant job of capturing the idea of love in some funny situations,” Olson said.

More than 70 students auditioned for 19 parts. Twelve understudies were also cast.

Olson invites the public to see what she calls “a surprising gem of a piece of theater.

“I think it will really capture people’s hearts,” she said.

Olson prefers to give her students a variety of theater experiences.

Last year the school presented Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.”

This year, “Almost, Maine,” will deliver laughs to audience members.

St. Francis High School drama students present “Almost, Maine.” Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Adults $8, seniors and students/children $6. St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center, 3325 Bridge St. For more information, call 763-213-1527.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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