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‘Almost, Maine’ opens today at CMC New Space Theatre

Kristin Carlson
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Cindy Hines and John Goodwin rehearse for the upcoming production of CMC Theatreís ìAlmost, Maine,î at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley Dec. 2-4 and 9-12. Photo Scot Gerdes

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – Set under the glow of the northern lights, “Almost, Maine,” the upcoming theatrical production from Colorado Mountain College, follows the antics of the residents of a small town in Maine as they fall in and out of love faster than shooting stars.

John Cariani’s comedy will open today at Colorado Mountain College’s New Space Theatre in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

Directed by Wendy Moore, “Almost, Maine” offers viewers a romp through a midwinter night’s dream, with surprises behind every snow bank.

“One reviewer described this show as a cast of Maine-iacs who experience love in ways that only people living in close proximity to moose can,” joked Moore. “I just adore this play; it’s the most charming thing I’ve ever seen.”

Colorado Mountain College’s production of “Almost, Maine” employs the acting talent of six CMC students. Theater majors Nick Garay and Nicole Cowan are joined onstage by photography students Cody Hill and Katie Starry and general studies students Chris Walsh and Taylor Gilman.

Community members Cindy Hines, Michael Banks, Heather Ardley, Rachael Bazley and Ariel Gilman, and Colorado Mountain College faculty members John Goodwin and Gary Ketzenbarger round out the cast.

“The great thing about this play,” Moore said, “is it’s both age-appropriate and angst-appropriate for student actors. They can relate to these characters, because these are things young adults go through.”

The action takes place in simultaneous scenes, triggered by the rare appearance of the northern lights. As real people begin to experience surreal happenings, almost no one in “Almost, Maine” is immune to love’s uncanny powers.

In every scene, actor and playwright Cariani explores the lightning-flash moments that shape our lives for better and worse. His whimsical approach to the highs and lows of romance leads audiences on a journey of the heart that also tickles the funny bone.

As a mesmerizing backdrop to the mayhem, lighting designer Wayne Pleasance employs a series of rare, Aurora Borealis images captured by Colorado Mountain College physical science professor and award-winning astro-photographer Jimmy Westlake.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and can be reserved online at svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu or by phone at 947-8177, or purchased at the door. Performances run Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

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