Houston County High actors to perform 'Almost, Maine'

Sun News correspondentJanuary 23, 2013 

Houston County High School is adding a winter production to its drama calendar with the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine.”

The show, which will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school theater, is about different types of love, said Melanie Smith, assistant director to the extracurricular theater program who is directing the production.

“It is about falling in love. It is about loving your dog. It’s about first dates, saving a relationship and all with very comedic moments,” said Smith.

While the storyline changes several times, there is one constant. A park bench is visible in every scene, and Smith said it is a metaphor for love.

“The park bench is used in different ways in different scenes and is symbolic of the different point of the relationship in every scene,” said Smith.

Not only is it winter outside the theater, but the play, which is set in Maine, will have the actors wearing winter wear on stage as well.

“We don’t usually do a winter play,” said Smith, “but I really wanted to do a different type of show with a smaller cast. It is just another acting opportunity for the kids and a chance for more people to come into the department.”

Smith said the cast has about 20 students in it, several of whom had never been on stage before “Almost, Maine.”

“Almost, Maine” is the first production Smith has directed at Houston County High, where she has been teaching English since 2011. She said theater can teach students many lessons that can be used in the classroom.

“It teaches punctuality, cooperative learning and how to pull their own weight,” said Smith. “In a scene everyone is just as important, and that’s how it is in the classroom as well. Leadership and dependability are equally important on the stage and in the classroom.”

Tickets are $5 and sold at the door.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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