‘Almost, Maine’ ... Reinhardt to open theater season Friday
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In the short-play ‘This Hurts’ from the production ‘Almost, Maine,’ an odd young man named Steve, played by William Mozingo, a freshman from Kennesaw, who cannot feel any pain, awakens tender feelings in a woman named Marvalyn, played by Hannah Craton, a freshman from Dallas, whose relationship has become painful. <br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
In the short-play ‘This Hurts’ from the production ‘Almost, Maine,’ an odd young man named Steve, played by William Mozingo, a freshman from Kennesaw, who cannot feel any pain, awakens tender feelings in a woman named Marvalyn, played by Hannah Craton, a freshman from Dallas, whose relationship has become painful.
Cherokee Tribune/Special
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Dave, played by Josh Robinson, a sophomore, and Rhonda, played by Lauren Friday, a junior, spar about their relationship in the short-play ‘Seeing the Thing.’
Dave, played by Josh Robinson, a sophomore, and Rhonda, played by Lauren Friday, a junior, spar about their relationship in the short-play ‘Seeing the Thing.’
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East, played by Koby Parker, a senior from Douglasville, tries to repair the shattered heart of Glory, played by Kate Johnson, a junior from Canton, in the short-play ‘Her Heart.’
East, played by Koby Parker, a senior from Douglasville, tries to repair the shattered heart of Glory, played by Kate Johnson, a junior from Canton, in the short-play ‘Her Heart.’
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The first Reinhardt University theatrical production of the year, “Almost, Maine,” opens Friday in the Hoke O’Kelley Auditorium on the school’s campus in Waleska.

“Almost, Maine” is comprised of nine short plays that explore love, loss and misfortune in a fictional town in rural Maine.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Directing the play is David Nisbet, an associate professor of theatre at Reinhardt, and an esteemed actor and theatre director. Nisbet holds a Master of Fine Arts from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin University. He came to Reinhardt in fall 2012 from Shorter University in Rome.

“John Cariani’s ‘Almost, Maine’ is a play that is both simple and eloquent, relaying the truth about love and relationships and the wonder and fragility that both bring,” said Niebet. “The play is wonderfully circular with several vignettes that bring us from A to Z and back to A. It is charming, poignant, and a true reflection of life. We look forward to bringing you more quality productions from the growing, vibrant theatre program emerging at Reinhardt University.”

The New York Times called “Almost, Maine” “a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.”

“Almost, Maine” was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most outstanding regional theatrical productions of the 2004-05 season.

Twenty-one students are performing in the production, including Nick Cothran and Parker Patzke of Acworth; Justin Bates, Leah Davis, Kate Johnson and Andrew Kealey of Canton; Sophie Decker of Conyers; Lauren Friday of Cumming; Hannah Craton and Allie Glonek of Dallas; Koby Parker of Douglasville; Katie Brueggert and Josh Robinson of Fairmount; William Mozingo of Kennesaw; Troy Stephens of Kingsland; Ashley Pollitt of Lawrenceville; Austin Vann of Lindale; Connor Williams of Milledgeville: Katelyn Pickel of Rocky Face; Levi Penley of Social Circle and Morgan Little of Austell.

Reinhardt’s theatre program is designed to be an intensive professional-style training program, within a liberal arts setting. A Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre are offered through the program.

At the recent Georgia Theatre Conference auditions, five Reinhardt theatre students competing passed on to the state auditions, and were in the top 10 percent of all those who auditioned.

Tickets for this weekend’s performances are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, students and children, and free for Reinhardt students with a valid student ID. For tickets or more information, contact Nisbet at (770) 720-5860 or reinhardttheatre@gmail.com.
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