A comedy play intended to be enjoyed by family or friends, “Almost Maine” will have show times today, Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm at the Eastvold Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). Mandi Brady, outreach coordinator, for the School of Arts and Communication at PLU, commented: “This will be our last production on this stage. This stage will be closed down; revamped, and redone. The 2013-2014 academic years will have a completely different venue. We will be saying goodbye to a space we’ve loved for many years.”
Almost Maine’s synopsis: “On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend–almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
Tickets to the play are $8 for general admission and $5 for those with PLU student i.d. or a local high school student i.d. Those that are interested in attending can purchase tickets at the door or in advance, by calling: 253 535-7411. The play will be 2 hours and 15 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission. Refreshments served during intermission benefit the Alpha Psi Omega club at PLU.
Mandi shared, “Most people don’t know that the department really encompasses both communication and theatre. A lot of people think that we are just theatre, but we are strong with both. We also have a strong music program, a very large well known chorale program; our Choir of the West consistently wins awards and tours internationally. It provides us an opportunity to we really get to meld everyone’s talents. This play is not a musical, we have a strong program and our students are so talented, they produce a wide range of productions. Our new space gives us more options in what we produce and how we can produce it.
This year we started the S.O.A.C. (School of Arts and Communication) a focus series each year we take our 4 disciplines (communication, theatre, music, and art and design) which aims to bring together students and faculties on common themes through a multi disciplinary approach. We just finished our last event of focus series last night and our scene for next year is empowerment. This is something the school does to blend our talented students and get them to work together collaboratively.
This past year, we had our theatre production “Rabbit Hole.” We just finished up the series world premier of “Drum Taps 9 Poems of Themes of War” and our faculty member, Greg Youtz composed the piece. It was looking at 9 poems of inspiration and weaves and looks at things of war throughout generations, societies, and places. It was our final event and an oratorio (4 vocal soloists, mixed choir and orchestra).”
When asked what she looked forward to with the event, Mandi replied, “This is one of the plays that I have made sure my boyfriend has his calendar free for. I’m really excited to laugh and see these students…many are moving on to celebrate their last production here.”
Mandi recommends everyone to the play, “Everyone… really I know that sounds like a pretty cliché answer, but I think theatre is great for the young and the old. It’s definitely an experience you don’t get watching the TV and it’s also supporting your community and the students.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com