Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, will host “Almost, Maine,” at 7:30 p.m. June 22-23.
Webster Schroeder 12th-graders Alaina Messineo and Sarah Smagala will produce and direct the first student-run play at the school. The play, “Almost, Maine,” is a romantic comedy by John Cariani.
“Almost, Maine” was developed at the Cape Cod Theater Project in 2002 and received its world premiere at Portland Stage Co., where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. The show opened Off Broadway in the winter of 2005-06 at the Daryl Roth Theatre.
“‘Almost, Maine’ is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental,” according to the New York Times. “A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).”
Webster Schroeder’s show features a cast of 21 students ranging from freshman to seniors as well as five members of the crew. The case includes David Alexander, Diana Slobodian, Erica Towne, Greg Snyder, Hope Melendez, Katie Fornof, Caitlin Glastonbury, Lexi Garnar-Allsopp, Liam Wicks, Lucas Mancini, Luke Stowell, Maggie Nagar, Max Parmelee, Olivia Vigneri, Samantha Calus, Soleil Rivera, Stephen Costanza, Taylor Coonelly, Thomas Castronova, Vasiliki Georgakopoulos and Veronica Savino. The crew includes Jake Lawlor, Nick Romanofsky, Maddie Hartley, Montana Loveless and Catie Smugereski. It’s a student collaboration made possible with faculty advisors Erica Denman and Cory Gomez.
Messineo and Smagala have been a part of the Webster Schroeder musical productions for the past four years and are each attending college in New York City where they will continue to study theater arts.
“When we finished the musical this year, we were both sad that it was over, and we wanted one last opportunity to be part of a production at Schroeder. Since there were no more shows, we decided to run our own,” said Messineo.
“The day after the school production of ‘Mary Poppins’ ended, we put a plan together, and, on that Monday, Alaina and I presented it to Mr. Benz, our principal, and he said we could do the show. It’s been so much fun, and we are very grateful for all the support we have received from the cast and the teachers. We hope that a student-run play will now become an annual spring tradition at Schroeder,” said Smagala.
Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased online at showtix4u.com or at the door. All seats are general admission.