HFC's Summer Stock is an unique blend of professional actors, alumnae, alumni, and current students designed to give you 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 technical innovations not seen in area productions. 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.
Written by John Cariani, a Tony-nominated playwright and actor best known for his role as Julian Beck from 2002-07 on the long-running TV series “Law & Order,” “Almost, Maine” is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine, in 2004, where it broke box office records and received critical acclaim.
“’Almost, Maine’ is a contemporary romantic comedy about this fictional small town’s people and their loves as they discover each other and themselves,” said Dzuiblinski.
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ALL SEATS GENERAL ADMISSION
• 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.
SPECIAL SALE: ALL TICKETS 5.00 UNTIL JUNE 10!
SENIORS, STAFF, ANY STUDENT WITH ID: 12.00
RECOMMENDED FOR 16 AND OVER.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Almost, Maine.
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A touching and very human look at romantic love: its beginnings, endings, conflicts, joys and sorrows. It lets us know we are not alone in the difficult search for true and lasting romantic love.
POSITIVE MESSAGES AND ROLE MODELS
Despite setbacks, people keep trying to establish and maintain relationships. People treat each other with dignity and respect, even when they disagree.
VIOLENCE AND SCARINESS
There is no physical violence. There are no frightening scenes.
There are several kisses. In one scene, both characters are in their long underwear, they have just come in from snowmobiling, physical contact is implied, but not shown.
“Dammit” and “Jeezum crow” are the strongest expletives. A mention is made of an unnamed activity taking “all night”.
DRINKING, DRUGS AND SMOKING.
One scene in a bar has a character drinking a beer. He is not drunk. A few other characters mention going out to have a beer. There is no smoking. There is no talk of, or use of other drugs.
Almost, MaineStaff Detroit Performs June 26, 2017, Online
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.
HFC’s First Summer Stock Production A SuccessEncore Staff Encore, Michigan June 22, 2017, Online
DEARBORN, Mich.–Audiences responded with great enthusiasm during the week of June 12th as four talented actors portrayed more than 20 roles in Henry Ford College’s Summer Stock inaugural production of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.
From the Front Row: From Quirky Characters To Summer Snow, ‘Almost Maine’ Offers Romance For The Rest Of UsSue Suchyta The News Herald June 13, 2017, Online
“Almost Maine” is a town described as so far north, it’s “almost in Canada,” where the residents never got around to organizing themselves into a town and where the colorful characters fall in and out of love in a romantic comedy to which ordinary people can relate.
Written by John Cariani, the show has become a staple in amateur productions for its 11 short scenes, which the New York Times called “magic realism.”
Technical director Gerry Dzuiblinski said the show is done in a black box format, with the audience seated in close proximity to the actors on stage.
Cast and Crew
Cast of Characters
Chad/Daniel/East/Lendel/Steve - Zach Ross
Dave/Jimmy/Pete/Phil/Randy - Alan Rezzonica
Ginette/Glory/Rhonda/Marvalyn/Deena/Waitress/Suzette - Jenny Popovich
Gayle/Hope/Shelly/Sandrine - Amanda Bates
Act and Scene Breakdown
Place: Various locales in Almost, Maine, small town in Northern Maine that doesn’t quite exist.
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.
Scene 1: Her Heart
Scene 2: Sad and Glad
Scene 3: This Hurts
Scene 4: Getting it Back
Intermission (15 minutes)
Scene 5: They Fell
Scene 6: Where it Went
Scene 7: Story of Hope
Scene 8: Seeing the Thing
Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division
Vice President of Academic - Dr. Michael Nealon
Associate Dean - Cynthia Stiller
Academic Coordinators - Carol Sloan, Eric Radar
Administrative Assistants - Tom Berryman, Linda Prisza
Director/Scenic Designer - Gerard Dzuiblinski
Lighting Designer - Nick Boyd
Lighting Effects Designer - Nick Boyd
Costume Designer - Judith Fletcher
Props Designer - Gerard Dzuiblinski
Scenic Artist - Gerard Dzuiblinski
Head Painter - Gerard Dzuiblinski
Acting Coach - Tim Pollack
Student Stage Manager - Darryl Boykins
Technical Director - Gerard Dzuiblinski
Production Manager - Angie Lai
Chief Electrician - Nick Boyd
Costume Crew - The Cast
Painting: “Seeing the Thing” - Saoussan Chehab
Properties Crew - The Cast
Scenic Painters - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai
Set Crew - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai
Carpenters - Christopher Bremer, Gerard Dzublinski, Nick Boyd, Sean Moore, Alan Rezzonica
Special Effects Crew - Kimari Howard, Mike Ross, Cheyanne Rynicki, Sean Moore, Angie Lai
Publicity - Michael Cochran, Gerard Dzuiblinski, Angie Lai and The Cast
Poster/Program Design and Printing - Ashleigh McLeod, Kenneth Donovan
Program - Angie Lai
Deck Captain - Tim Pollack
Sound Board Operator - Sean Moore
Light Board Operator - Darryl Boykins
Props - The Cast
House Management - Angie Lai
Box Office Managers - Angie Lai
Ushers - Mike Ross, Kimari Howard, HFC Theatre Volunteers.
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