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University Theatre to stage romantic comedy 'Almost, Maine'

October 24, 2013

As the Northern Lights flicker, hearts are broken and healed — almost.

"Almost, Maine," the popular romantic comedy by John Cariani, will be staged by University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at Harvey Hall Theatre on the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus.

Tickets are $12 and are available online, the service desk in the Memorial Student Center or by calling 715-232-1431.

" 'Almost, Maine' will speak to a broad audience. Quirky characters and unexpected situations abound, creating hilarious twists and turns," said Paul Calenberg, director of the show and of University Theatre.

"It's been several years since we've done a comedy, and it was time to revisit the genre and expose our theater students and the community at large to the style," Calenberg said. "Coming off of the success of last season's 'Spring Awakening,' I wanted to build on the talent level and enthusiasm of our students and 'Almost, Maine' provides a large number and variety of roles."

"Almost, Maine" premiered in 2004 in Portland, Maine. It has been produced by more than 2,000 theater companies in the U.S., making it one of the most popular plays in the last decade, according to the play's website.

The New York Times calls the play "a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts." The New York Daily News calls it "sweet, poignant and witty. Nearly perfect."

Paul CalenbergThe cast includes 11 UW-Stout students. They are:

- Kyle Basom, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; as Jimmy

- Isaac Burk, of Eau Claire; as Lendall and East

- Maggie Creel, of Oakdale, Minn.; as Glory

- Michael Flaherty, of McFarland; Daniel and Chad

- Annie Foster, of Rosemount, Minn.; as Marci and Sandrine

- Jack Lazorik, of Shoreview, Minn.; as Phil

- Tylynn Ludwig, of Oconto Falls; as Rhonda

- Meghan Olson, of Rosemount, Minn.; as Marvalyn, Ginette and Gayle

- Kevin Pelzel, of Hudson; as Steve and Pete

- Spencer Versteeg, of Owatonna, Minn.; as Dave and Randy

- Barb Young, of Hutchinson, Minn.; as Hope and waitress

Beth Janetski, an assistant professor, is technical director and lighting and scenic designer. The stage manager is student Amber Kurten, of Rosemount, Minn.; student Sam Bauer, of Mukwonago, is assistant stage manager. Deb Selvig is costume designer and Corey Schoff sound designer.

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