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‘Almost, Maine’ takes the stage

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By Amy McKeever

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Photos by Amy McKeever

 

Rich Trautwein wanted to try something new.

He had always enjoyed theatre and being an audience member of the Stonehill Theatre Company.

“I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone,” he said.

So he decided to join the Stonehill Theatre Company and was cast as East in the most recent play, “Almost, Maine.”

Whimsical staging and quirky characters captured the authenticity of the north east for “Almost, Maine” performed by Stonehill Theatre Company this past weekend.

The show captivated audiences with short paired vignettes to create an overall theme of the struggles found in romance.

Senior Danielle Walsh is the president of Stonehill Theatre Company (STC). She played Ginette in the performance, opening the show.

Walsh said she worked closely with Artistic Director of STC Matt Greene and Director Nick Wakely for the show.

“It has really been an honor to get the chance to work with Matt Greene and Nick Wakely. Nick directed this show, and he was one of the best directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with

Walsh said although it is hard to compare her past shows, but “Almost, Maine” did have a significant difference.

“’Almost,’ to me, is more blatantly relatable than some of the shows we have done in the past, and left our audiences feeling lighthearted and happy,” she said.

And Walsh admitted the show was hard work.

“A lot of things happen behind the scenes that not many people know about,” she said.

Each actor in the show must complete 10 “crew hours.” These are the hours actors dedicate to some production aspect of the show, such as working on costumes or the set.

Still Walsh said she enjoyed the hard work.

“’Almost, Maine’ was a fun show to work on. It was sweet, funny, romantic, and sad, all in one,” she said.

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