Almost, Maine opens at WT

Megan Moore

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On Thursday night, Jan. 17, the cast of Almost, Maine received a standing ovation for their 7:30 performance.

“It just got me hooked the first time I read it,” Julia Rucker, Musical Theatre graduate and director of the play, said. “This play is about love. Its normal situations that you don’t expect and has little bits of magic throughout.”

Almost, Maine is characterized as a comedy and consists of a variety of different scenes of relationship situations, with cast members taking on multiple roles.

“It’s really funny and shows love in a different perspective and makes you leave happy,” Jackie Brockman, junior Elementary Education major, said.

Aside from the ovation, the play was not without hiccups. The cast had a few obstacles to overcome for the performance when cast member and main character, Lauren Bowler, had a medical emergency prior to Wednesday nights performance.

Kaylie DeLauri, junior Musical Theatre major, stepped in for Bowler for the duration of the performances.

“It’s like a totally different experience jumping into a role. It was a really good learning experience,” DeLauri said.

Rucker asked DeLauri to take the role after Wednesday night’s performance had concluded.

“I wasn’t involved before,” DeLauri said. “I was just going to usher the show. I took the script home and studied it a few times before bed.”

Rucker handpicked the play and had to have it approved by the department before it was selected. She expressed words of gratitude and pride to each of the cast members after the show.

“We have had to really pull together and be strong, and we have,” Rucker said.

The play, being translated into almost every language, is one of the most produced plays in the country. This was the first time it hit the stage of WTAMU.

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