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Magic City Playmakers put on ‘Almost, Maine’

Submitted Photo Tucker Koppinger and Sarah Adams are two of the cast members of “Almost, Maine,” which runs Thursday to Saturday at Magic City Campus.

The Magic City Campus Playmakers present their spring show “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani, from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Arvel Graving Theatre at Magic City Campus.

“Almost, Maine” is a series of nine vignettes about love with a touch of magic realism. Set against the northern lights, the residents of Almost, Maine, fall in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways.

The show is directed by Chad Gifford with Dylan Fosburg and Mikaela Erickson working as stage managers. The cast includes eleven students with many more working on technical aspects of the show. Students build and paint sets, research and design costumes, design and operate sound and lighting, and create posters and t-shirts. Gifford urges people to come support these students who have worked so hard to create something positive and meaningful.

Sarah Hicks, an assistant director, said only two people are on stage much of the time during each vignette. This particular play was chosen because it has two-person scenes and small cast size, both important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cast members have been rehearsing while wearing masks. They started this week doing the vignette scenes without masks while they are on stage. They wear their masks in the wings, take them off for their scenes, and then return to the wings and put their masks right back on.

“They’re pretty diligent (about masking) because they want to perform and don’t want anybody to get sick,” said Hicks.

Masks are also required for people in the audience. Up to 300 people can be seated in the theater for each performance, an increase over the production that the Playmakers put on last fall.

Hicks said the Magic City Playmakers is planning a musical performance of “A Little Shop of Horrors” for this spring. Students in the theater program look forward to putting on a musical each year.

Tickets for “Almost, Maine” are available at the door. Adult tickets are $10, senior and military tickets are $9 and student tickets are $8. Seating will be socially distant and masks are required.

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