'Almost Maine' warms up theatre - The Behrend Beacon

'Almost Maine'

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Author: Lacey Murdock (staff writer)

“Almost, Maine” director David Vegh has been so caught up with directing the play that he forgot one thing – his tickets.

“I don’t think I reserved a ticket for my mom. I don’t think I reserved my own ticket,” Vegh said. “Almost, Maine,” a show by John Cariani and the first show Vegh has directed here at Behrend, sold out a week before it is to open Friday, November 2nd. Vegh was “shocked,” but in a good way.

It’s a cold winter night in the small town of Almost, Maine. In different locations of the town at the same time, couples are falling in and out of love. It is all the happiness, the sadness and awkwardness that real love is about. It’s falling in love with your best friend, love at first sight, finding out what went wrong, seeing something you didn’t before and the magic of theatre.

”It has a lot of heart,” Josh Lapping, a Communication major and  actor in the play, said.

“It’s great, I love it,” said Sonya Copus, who is involved with pre-show music. “The dialogue feels real and different at the same time.”

“Almost, Maine” is a play that can be acted with anywhere from four to 19 actors. Director Vegh chose to cast each character as a different actor or actress.  

The show has 19 actors ranging from freshmen to seniors and first timers to seasoned veterans. Each scene is its own individual mini-show, all in harmonious connection with one another, but completely different at the same time.

Alice Lyons, a senior professional writing major who has participated in four other shows at Behrend, said, “[The] new director has brought a professional atmosphere that I have never felt here.”

For a school that is known for its business and engineering and doesn’t have a theatre major, Behrend has a lot of talent in the arts. This show has all around great actors, which usually doesn’t happen. David Vegh said that this show “runs the gamut” in terms of experience.

Friday, the actors got a sneak peek at the show themselves.  Friday was the first whole cast practice since reading through the lines a month ago. The actors got to show off their scene, and were an audience to the eight others along with the prologue. 

Rayna Ganabathi, another actress in the play, said, “Everybody is so good. Every part shines on its own and every person has a part where they shine and steal the show.”

After watching other students’ parts, Adam Rossi, a freshman actor in the play, said, “This is exhilarating. It really is.”

There are still some things about the show that need to come together, Vegh admits, but he is optimistic that the show, as of Friday’s practice, is definitely in a good place.