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November 3, 2013

Beneath the northern lights

THS Drama Club does a little something different with 'Almost, Maine'


Tonawanda News — Faith Schoelerman, a senior who plays the character of Marvalyn, said the show is a little more of a challenge to both the audience and the actors on stage.

“It’s not a direct storyline. All the stories intertwine. You have to think about how they interconnect, rather than just watch,” she said. And as an actress, “You really have to think about how you’re going to portray who they are. A lot of the play is really awkward situations. You have to make sure you show that.”

Erin Burris, a junior who plays the character of Gayle, said a further complication is that the show only features a few people per scene. There’s no ensemble on stage to cover for you or to distract the audience -- there’s only that one other person.

“You’re constantly feeding off each other,” she said. “You can only rely on one or two other people to remember lines, to hold up each other.”

Despite the very different vignettes within the show, the theme of love stays the same. Sometimes it’s love lost, sometimes it’s love found, but it’s all about love -- all confusing and messy and wonderful and painful and strange.

Emily Maxwell, a senior who plays Sandrine, spoke about how her character bumps into an ex-boyfriend in her vignette and how (universally) awkward a situation it is.

“It’s not all happy. It’s very real,” she said. “Not everyone gets a super-happy ending. The author did a good job showing actual human nature, with that.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Almost, Maine," presented by the Tonawanda High School Drama Club • WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 • WHERE: Tonawanda Alumni Auditorium, 600 Fletcher St., Tonawanda • TICKETS: Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Tonawanda Middle/High School and at the door. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Daniel Lynch at 694-7670, ext. 2258, or email

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