Waterville, Maine — The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is making its first foray into the world of filmed theatre with a production of Almost, Maine. Written by Tony-nominated John Cariani, the script of Almost, Maine opens with a dedication “for Northern Maine and the people who live there.” Cariani, who spent most of his youth in Presque Isle, has certainly put Maine on the map—Almost, Maine is one of the most frequently produced plays of the last decade in North America.
The play presents a series of charming vignettes about life in “The County,” aka Aroostook County, Maine’s northernmost and largest county. Praised by the Portland Press Herald as “a funny, warm, and oh-so-human romantic comedy,” this show promises to delight Maine residents and visitors alike.
Due to the format of the play, which is made up of distinct stories, most featuring two actors, WOH will be able to showcase 18 local performers while carefully prioritizing actor safety and strictly adhering to current health and safety protocols. These safety precautions are made simpler by the fact that most of the actors are married to their scene partners. This special production will not be taking place on Zoom or from actors’ homes. Almost, Maine will be captured on the Waterville Opera House stage with the design, filming, and editing done by Opera House staff. Opening on Friday, December 4th, this production will run through Sunday, December 13th online via the ShowTix4U streaming platform. Tickets are available at www.operahouse.org or by calling 207-873-7000.
Almost Maine Showtimes
December 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:00pm
December 6, 13 at 2:00pm
The talented actors performing in Almost, Maine are:
Emily Cates, Isabelle Grignon, Paul Herard, Erik Hyatt, Elizabeth Chasse-King, Cory King, Taylor Kruse, Dean Neal, Lisa Neal, Bart Shattuck, Jeralyn Shattuck, Alex Slack, Amanda Slack, Pamela Smith, Theros “Ted” Smith, Joshua Veilleux, Dawn Wiers, Greg Wiers
Playwright – John Cariani
Director – Debra Susi
Scenic and Lighting Designer – Tony Gerow
Sound Designer – James Kuzio
Stage Manager – Michelle Sweet
Almost, Maine is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. Tickets range from $17 – $20 per viewer. WOH’s 2020-2021 season programming is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Harold Alfond Foundation, Golden Pond Wealth Management, Maine General Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, and KSW Federal Credit Union. Almost, Maine is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
For more information or to reserve tickets call 207-873-7000 or visit our website at www.operahouse.org. Please note that our Box Office is closed to in-person visitors and tickets may be purchased over the phone weekdays from Noon to 5pm.
About the Waterville Opera House
The Waterville Opera House (WOH) has been bringing the magic of the performing arts to audiences of all ages since 1902. This beautifully restored, 810-seat theatre hosts high-quality community theatre, dance, concerts, and educational programming. As part of the artistic community working to make Waterville a key arts destination, WOH encourages an appreciation for the performing arts and its creative expression. We do this by consistently producing exceptional performances for residents and visitors. We firmly believe that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. For more information, visit www.operahouse.org