Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.
The Henry Ford College (HFC) Theatre Arts Department Summer Stock presents Almost, Maine, which will run through July 2 in the Adray Auditorium, located in the Grant U. MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F on the main campus) at 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn. Henry Ford’s production will mirror the original production’s casting: four actors will portray over 20 different characters.
Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.
HFC’s Summer Stock is a unique blend of professional actors, alumnae, alumni, and current students designed to produce a high-quality summer theatre experience.
The fully-staged production will be done in a “black box” format, where the audience is seated in close proximity to the actors, according to Gerard Dzuiblinski, HFC adjunct theatre instructor, technical director and resident scenic designer.
HFC’s version will feature several technical innovations. The starlit sky will be created by hundreds of fiber optic cables, rather than projected. A fiber optic shooting star, created by sequencing hundreds of fiber optic stands will add to the magic. A state-of-the-art effects projector, designed specifically to create the Aurora Borealis will add to the stage magic. State of-the-art snow machines will enhance the show’s winter landscape.
“Almost, Maine” will run for eight performances on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m.;
- Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m.;
- Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m.;
- Sunday, June 18, at 2 p.m.;
- Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m.;
- Friday, June 30, at 8 p.m.;
- Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m.; and
- Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m.