2012 - 2013 Season > Almost Maine
September 7 - 23, 2012

Almost, Maine
by John Cariani
Michele Kyle, director

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Adult themes

Director’s Notes from Michele Kyle

The nine scenes in this play take place simultaneously at 9 p.m. on a Friday night deep in winter. As the Northern Lights play, the citizens of Almost, Maine find themselves in odd, magical situations, falling in and out of love. The situations are humorous, at times sad and always oddly authentic.
The oddly authentic part is what drew me to the play. You’ll notice it first in the ordinary language and the authentically awkward situations. Then there’s the fact that the couples are not rich or glamorous or famous. They are not particularly well -educated and yet they are not dumb. They are not any particular age. They are ordinary people trying -- and sometimes failing -- to make that extraordinary connection that will give their hearts homes and will allow them to not be alone in the world.
In the end, it is a story about us. No matter who we are, when it comes to love, we humans tend to have ridiculous, humorous, awkward and inept experiences at least part of the time. We stumble and fall, get back up and try again. Sometimes winning and sometimes losing, we often make our friends and loved ones laugh and cry, but we are always longing and continuing to strive to love and be loved.

Cast Bio

Bruce Allen (Pete, Jimmy, Man, Steve) has been in many productions around the community such as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Seussical the Musical as The Cat in the Hat. Most recently, he was seen in Visiting Mr. Green at RCC. Bruce is Theatre Arts Director at Brighton Academy and is an advocate for children’s theater in the community. He feels privileged to work with Michele Kyle and the excellent cast of Almost Maine.

Katie Raycraft (Ginette, Waitress, Hope) is performing in her first show at Barnstormers and hopefully not her last! Katie caught the acting bug in 5th grade as a munchkin in OZ! and never let it go. Since graduating in 2006, she has hoped to participate in community theater. It feels so good to have realized her passion and finally attained that goal. She thanks you for coming and hopes you all thoroughly enjoy this little piece of Maine.

Diane Nichols (Glory, Gayle) is delighted to be on the Barnstormers stage once again in this charming production, which happens to be one of her all-time favorites. She especially enjoyed working with Michele and members of the talented cast and crew. She is grateful that she is not required to wear a corset this time around. Diane's passion is typing out short comedies for Barnstormers' Imagine programs on Sunday nights and full-length productions such as Tomatoes, which will be premiering here in June. She thanks you for being here!

David Mannix (East, Randy, Dave) has lived in Oregon for over three decades, the last 12 years in Grants Pass. He recently completed a term on the Barnstormers board and its Artistic Committee. He is a regular participant in Imagine. In the 2011-2012 season, he was Richard in Moon Over Buffalo, Tobias in A Delicate Balance, and the Mayor in Enemy of the People. He is also a founding--and current member--of the Board of Directors of Josephine Community Libraries, whose cause he hereby shamelessly espouses: Join now if you haven't yet!

Melissa Lenker (Sandrine, Marvalyn) enjoys being on the stage and was most recently seen in the Barnstormers production of Crimes of the Heart as Babe. She has also been involved in Rogue Music Theater, Heartland Children's Theater and Stardust Theater. Melissa enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time with family, friends, and her two Chihuahuas.

Mike McCann (Lendall, Chad, Phil) has appeared on the Barnstormers stage in a variety of roles including a chimp, a mayfly, a fool, a dead guy, an old French womanizer and a father of twelve. He sang and danced through Oliver and Anything Goes at Rogue Music Theatre and has been in the cast of Stillpoint Dance Studio's Nutcracker for eight years. Behind the scenes, Mike has served on the Barnstormers board of directors and Artistic Committee, and he hopes to continue working with the incredibly talented theatrical community in Grants Pass.

Beth Nace (Marci, Rhonda) is happy to be back on stage at Barnstormer's after a short time off. Some previous favorite roles include Doris in Loman Family Picnic and Naughty Nurse in Sunshine Boys at Barnstormers and Grace in Saving Grace and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. at Stardust Theatre Away from the stage, Beth works both in the cattle industry and excavation business. She especially thanks S&K Excavation for being her tire and fuel sponsor.

Production Crew

Michele Kyle (Director) has directed several productions in the area including Working and John and Jen at Summer Jo’s, Visiting Mr. Green for the RCC theater program and Crimes of the Heart for Barnstormers earlier this year. In 2009, she directed Prelude to a Kiss at Barnstormers, which received the Sneak Preview’s acknowledgement for best play and best director. She also enjoys working in other areas of production, having been a member of the production team as producer, assistant director or stage manager for numerous productions in the valley with RCC Theater,, Barnstormers, Stillpoint Dance Studio, Connect the Dots, Summer Jos, Southern Oregon Impact Theater and Women’s Crisis Support Team.

Elise Epstein (Assistant Director) has been seen on the Barnstormers stage as Louise in Rocket Man or Florence in Child’s Christmas in Wales. She has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Michele Kyle as assistant director and to glean from her knowledge and experience of play production.

Angel Cavallo (Stage Manager) has always been a timid admirer of theater. Finally deciding she could no longer just watch from the crowd, she decided to volunteer for the production of Crimes of the Heart as a back stage hand. Like most, if not all, who venture into this wondrous land, she was quickly hooked. This being her first time as a stage manager, she vows to do her best and bring her everything to this outstanding production. From the bottom of her heart, she thanks all who have and are continuing to help her along the way.