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The Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association presents

Almost, Maine

by John Cariani


Matt Delamater Kathryn Gardner Michael Newsom

Summer 2008

Cynthia Reedy

Directed by Kenn Sawyer Norway Grange • Norway, Maine

Many thanks to

for their continuing support!

for Northern Maine and the people who live there

Almost, Maine

by John Cariani

Cast Cynthia Reedy Ginette, Sandrine, Marvalyn, Hope

Michael Newsom Pete, Jimmy, Lendall, Chad, Man

Kathryn Gardner Glory, Waitress, Gayle, Marci, Rhonda

Matt Delamater East, Steve, Randy, Phil, Dave

Place Various locales in Almost, Maine, a small, remote, mythical “town” in northern Maine.

Time The present. Everything takes place at nine o’clock on a cold, clear, moonless, slightly surreal Friday night in the middle of the deepest part of a northern Maine winter.

Scenes Prologue Act One Her Heart Sad and Glad This Hurts Getting it Back Interlogue

Almost, Maine is produced by special a ­ rrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Almost, Maine was developed by The Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Act Two They Fell Where it Went Story of Hope Seeing the Thing Epilogue

Professional Premiere Production: Portland Stage Company, Anita Stewart, Artistic Director; Tami Ramaker, Managing Director. Originally produced in New York by Jack Thomas/ Bulldog Theatrical and Bruce Payne.

There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.

Director’s Notes Almost, Maine is different from what you expect to see when you see a play. We are accustomed to having a play tell a single story, sometimes with sub-stories that are related to the main narrative. Almost, Maine doesn’t work like that. It is composed of eight vignettes, each of which begins, climaxes and ends. Each is about gaining or losing love; about discovering love where it is least expected or not finding love where it has always been. The vignettes feature two or three characters, none of whom appears in any of the other scenes. We are introduced to nineteen characters, spending a few minutes with each of them. It is not the kind of continuous story with a complex series of incidents and extensively developed characters. What holds these scenes together is that each is about the hazards we encounter in the pursuit of love. Almost, Maine also makes use of surrealism where metaphors—that is, figures of speech—become literally present on stage. These moments remind us of love’s extraordinary nature. Not only does it come and go, arriving unexpectedly and vanishing without warning, but when we do encounter it, its presence hits us as a kind of miracle and stuns us with its magic, much like surreal moments on stage! Enjoy! KS Visit OHMPAA’s web site for more information about auditions, shows and how you can get involved with theater in the Oxford Hills.

Producers’ Notes This past August, we had the opportunity to see a production of Almost, Maine in Boothbay, and we were magically transported to a cold wintry night up north. We had a great time and by the end of the performance we had forgotten it was a hot summer evening. So when Kenn suggested directing this show for our 2008 season, we jumped at the chance to work with him in order to offer you the same journey! And what fun it has been watching the cast and crew prepare for opening night: actors working on the memorization of lively conversations, the set crew transforming the Norway Grange into a northern Maine winter’s night, other staff gathering costumes and props and creating posters, ­programs, etc.—lots of people putting in many hours to make it all happen! Oh, and we’ve learned all about the northern lights too! Did you know that the northern lights are brilliant, ribbon-like, other-worldly displays of light caused by excited atoms? “During solar storms, electrons are sent streaming towards the earth. As these electrons enter the earth’s atmosphere, they strike and excite atoms, ionizing them—charging them by knocking out an electron. When this happens to enough atoms, the brilliant light display that is the aurora borealis hovers and streaks across the sky.” [ok…that came from the script!] Each episode of Almost, Maine has a climax ‘moment’ that coincides with this wonderful light show from the heavens, further heightening these extraordinary ‘moments’ in the otherwise ordinary lives of the characters. Now sit back, relax, forget the summer heat, and join us on our journey to Almost, Maine. NOH & JCO

The Cast Matt Delamater (East, Steve, Randy, Phil, Dave) Matt is very excited to be returning to the OHMPAA stage for the fourth time, and is very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group. His previous theater experience has included works with OHMPAA where his roles included Captain Lombard in And Then There Were None and Nigel Rancour in Something’s Afoot, as well as with The Community Little Theater in Auburn as Lance Corporal Dawson in A Few Good Men, and the seven Andy Paris roles in The Laramie Project. Matt would like to thank Kenn for allowing him the chance to work with this wonderful cast and script, his long-time mentor Sally Jones for her ever-present support, and his lovely wife Emily for all her incredible love and encouragement. Kathryn Gardner (Glory, Waitress, Gayle, Marci, Rhonda) Kathryn has been enthralled by theater since she first saw her sisters on stage back when she was just a wee one. Previous OHMPAA shows include Something’s Afoot and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Favorites from other stages include The Vagina Monologues and the English panto Sing a Song of Sixpence. Kathryn is a massage therapist, community organizer and an amateur singer/songwriter in her regular life. She loves the heck out of this community and is getting a special kick out of sharing the stage with her husband Michael in this show.

Michael Newsom (Pete, Jimmy, Lendall, Chad, Man) This is Michael’s first ­OHMPAA show. Previous stage work includes Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Vince Fontaine in Grease. Michael is a fifthgeneration insurance agent with W.J.Wheeler Insurance in South Paris (, chairs the board of directors for the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce (, and has a massive vegetable garden. He thanks “John Cariani for writing a script that inspired me to get back on stage after a long absence; Kathryn, Matt and Sally Jones for making it look fun; the cast and crew for hard work and good times; and the ‘characters’ of the Oxford Hills and Almost, Maine.” Cynthia Reedy (Ginette, Sandrine, Marvalyn, Hope) Cynthia is an OHMPAA and community musical veteran, with nearly a show a year to her credit. Particular favorites include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Odd Couple and A Grand Night For Singing. A long-time science and language teacher at Hebron Academy, Cynthia lives in Norway with her husband Brad and three children. She would like to thank Kenn, Rachael, Kathryn, Michael and Matt for making this another wonderful theater experience! XOXO to Brad and the kids!

OHMPAA’S Theatrical History: 1984–2008 SHOW


Get Happy—A Speakeasy** Maybe It’s Love** Sentimental Journey** Working* The Mikado* Children Of A Lesser God Tears and Laughter** The Real Inspector Hound Side By Side By Sondheim* Harvey HMS Pinafore* The Mousetrap The Fantasticks* Nunsense* Mayhem & Merriment** Butterflies Are Free Steel Magnolias Cinderella* Rebecca Guys & Dolls* Moon Over Buffalo Forever Plaid* Rumors Grease* Forever Plaid* Sylvia Nunsense* See How They Run

Carol Fiske Pat Black Pat Black Pat Black Pat Black Alison Whitney Linda Sturdivant Alison Whitney Pat Black Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Alison Whitney Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Pat Black Kathy Burke Linda Sturdivant Emmanuel Chaulet Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Pat Black Kenn Sawyer

YEAR 1985 1986 1987 1987 1987 1988 1989 1989 1989 1990 1992 1993 1993 1994 1995 1995 1996 1996 1997 1997 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000



The Secret Garden* Love Letters Our Town Little Mary Sunshine* The Foreigner Arsenic & Old Lace A Grand Night For Singing* The Nerd 1940’s Radio Hour* You Can’t Take It With You OHMPAA’s Retrospective Show** The Odd Couple Don’t Drink The Water The Music Man* Swingtime Canteen* And Then There Were None tick, tick…BOOM!* (2 runs) Something’s Afoot* A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum* Cinderella’s Glass Slipper* Don’t Dress For Dinner The Glass Menagerie Almost, Maine

Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Patrick Dullea Tom Littlefield Kenn Sawyer Sally Jones Tom Littlefield Linda Sturdivant David Lock Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Sally Jones Kenn Sawyer Linda Sturdivant Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Linda Sturdivant Sally Jones


Kenn Sawyer Robin Galley Linda Sturdivant Tom Littlefield Kenn Sawyer

2007 2007 2007 2008 2008

*Musicals **Musical Reviews


2001 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 Visit OHMPAA’s web site for more information about auditions, shows and how you can get involved with theater in the Oxford Hills.






Stationery | Posters | Brochures | Booklets | Programs Variable Data Printing | Personalized Communication Print production management for over 20 years.

Thank You • Our sponsor, The Smilin’ Moose Publyk House & Tavern • Erica Jed and her staff at Books-N-Things for acting as our ticket agent • The Norway Grange for the use of this ­wonderful historic facility • Our program advertisers for their s­ upport • Kathy Davis and the custodial staff at the Guy E. Rowe School for rehearsal space • Bob and Sandy Bahre for trees, etc. • Biddeford City Theater for the use of set pieces • MSAD 17 for the use of OHCHS fence for our banner • Alpha & Omega Thrift Shop for prop and costume assistance • Norway Savings Bank for the Bench and trees • Jim Lamb for pub furniture • Chris Denlinger, Dennis Butterfield, Barry Kilgore and Colby’s Arctic Cat Sales & ­Service for ­snowmobile attire • Norman Foster for fishing gear, etc. • Linda Sturdivant for sound effects, trees, costumes, etc. • Rachael Leighton for creating the painting • Many OHMPAA board members and show staff for trees and costumes • Jeff Orwig, Kenn Sawyer, Norman Hutchins for furniture • OHMPAA Board of Directors and their ­families for their constant support • Families of everyone involved in this show, for their support and encouragement • Girl Scout Troop #2231 for the wonderful refreshments • And—as always—you, our faithful audience, without whom this all would seem somewhat pointless!

OHMPAA Membership 2008 Supporting Members Marguerite Alberi Dan & Nancy Allen Al & Mary Alice Bancroft Gene & Ellen Benner Ray & Mary Ann Brown Terry & Curtis Cole Allen & Jacquelyn Cressy Chris & Paula Easton Linda & Kelsey Gamble Elizabeth Gianquinto Barbara A. Hall Joyce Hards William & Marion Kerlew Douglas & Karen McArdle Don & Judy Mayberry Gordon L. Peaco Colleen & Joseph Quinn Adelaide Ray Carol & Tony Rice Nancy Rideout Maxine Sessions

Mrs. Lester Soule Lois Strauss Dennis Twitchell Voting Members Susan Alberi* Connie J. Allen* Dan & Nancy Allen Patrick & Jancie Cazneau Elton* & Chris Cole Storm Coleman Kathryn* & Michael Davis Anita Greenblatt Carol Huotari* Norman Hutchins* Sally J. Jones Tom Littlefield* Thomas D. McFarlane Richard McIntosh Leanne McKinney* Bob & Joan Moorehead Jane Morse

Janice & Duane Nichols Jeff Orwig* Cynthia Reedy Kenneth Sawyer Kristen Searles* Claire Sessions Shelly* & Brian Shibles Jennifer* & Steve St. Pierre Jeanie Stone *OHMPAA Board Member

Patrons Dan & Nancy Allen Hank & Andrea Burns Mary Lou Burns Alexander & Meg Davis Nora Davis Owen Davis Joanne Hays-Glover Shirley S. Miller Mary Smith

Membership in the Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association is open to all those who wish to join and support this non-profit community theater group. Membership will keep you informed of OHMPAA’s productions and plans. We also invite all potential actors and those wishing to help in production to come join us in this fun! Membership applications are available in the lobby or you may speak with a show producer or board member if you have questions about membership or being a part of a future production.

Production Staff Producers �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins and Jeff Orwig Director ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kenn Sawyer Assistant to the Director�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Rachael Leighton Stage Managers������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Jeff Orwig and Norman Hutchins House Managers����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Susan Alberi and Brandi Sawyer Lights����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Steve Clark Sound�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Steve St. Pierre Set Design ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Claire Sessions Set Construction��������������������������������������������������������������������� Norman Hutchins, Kenn Sawyer, Jeff Orwig, Jenny Adams, Steve Sessions, Tom Littlefield, Tommy McFarlane, Brandi Sawyer, Claire Sessions Costumes������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Judi Foster Photography��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ethan McNerney Poster, tickets and program ���������������������������������������������������������������� Jenny Adams/Skunk Hollow Design

The Hebron Academy Players salute two of their own: Kathryn Gardner ’85 Cynthia Reedy Break a leg!

Hebron Academy A college preparatory boarding and day school developing critical thinking and communications skills for life.

Almost, Maine program  

Program from OHMPAA's 2008 production of Almost, Maine

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