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Take trip with Prospect thespians to quirky 'Almost, Maine'

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  • Lendall (Jimmy McDermott) gives all the love back that Gayle (Kit Fitzgerald) gave to him in Prospect High School's production of "Almost, Maine" opening Oct. 24.

      Lendall (Jimmy McDermott) gives all the love back that Gayle (Kit Fitzgerald) gave to him in Prospect High School's production of "Almost, Maine" opening Oct. 24.
    Courtesy of District 214

  • Rhonda (Dana Lasswell) has a hard time seeing the gift that Dave (Josh Arshonsky) paints for her in "Almost, Maine."

      Rhonda (Dana Lasswell) has a hard time seeing the gift that Dave (Josh Arshonsky) paints for her in "Almost, Maine."
    Courtesy of District 214

 
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Prospect High School's theater department puts the audience onstage for its fall production, "Almost, Maine."

The play, which is performed 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, in the school theater, 801 W. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect, is a new romantic comedy.

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The audience will be seated on either side of the catwalk-like stage.

Due to the new seating arrangements, there will be a limited number of seats available, so reservations are highly recommended.

Director Jeremy Morton, play director says "Almost, Maine" is a tale about love.

"Through the use of reality and magic, the piece creates an enchanting story that will make you laugh, cry, and sigh," he said.

Almost, Maine, is a town that's so far north, it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just Almost.

On a cold Friday night in the middle of winter, while the Northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine, will never be the same.

Cast members are seniors Dana Lasswell, Jennifer Jane Ruda, Josh Arshonsky, Leanne Gadow, Meghan Doyle, Brendan Chapman, Matt Reinhardt, Oliver Khairallah, and Hannah Rose; juniors Allie O'Connor, Claudia Lowe, Elli Furukawa, James Farquharson, Rachel Minter, Kate Speedy and Jason Costabile; sophomores Adrian Politzer, Jonah Tomko-Smith, Kit Fitzgerald, Natalie Carioti and Nina Gary and freshmen Michael Alicoate, Ben Marshall and Jimmy McDermott.

Student directors are seniors Lauren Bell, Mary Godby and Grace Campe; and juniors Stephanie Towey, and Jenny Michalski. Jeremy Morton is the director; Matt Erbach is the set, sound, and lighting designer; costume and makeup are coordinated by Pat Doyle; and Sheryl Morton is in charge of props.

Tickets are $7 for adults and students at the door, or $5 in advance. To buy tickets in advance or for information, call house manager Sandy Ghilarducci at (847) 718-5222.

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