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The Spotlight Players' production of "Almost, Maine" has a successful three nights.

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Emily Hall

Laura Weiss (Senior) and Abram Cutshall (Junior) rehearsing their scene as Marvalyn and Steve in the theater.

On Nov. 17 through 19, the auditorium stage was busy with life as the Spotlight Players put on their production of “Almost, Maine.”

This production was truly an impressive one according to junior Jay Orr, who played the character Jimmy; he even coined it one of his favorite shows.

“Overall, the play was very successful, and it was one of the better plays that we’ve done recently,” he said.

Freshman Catherine Analla agreed; she has been anticipating a great show since the beginning.

“I expected it to go pretty well because I’ve heard a lot about the theater department here and i was really excited to be part of it,” she said. “For my first play I was really proud of the way it went.”

This play was an especially nerve-wracking one for a first production, as the department was aiming to take the play to the statewide Thespian conference this year. Senior and technical director Emma Entner believed that although exciting, this goal did not pose a significant challenge to the cast and crew working on the show.

“We were in the running to take [the show] to state so having to design everything around the fact that it has to be movable, which meant we couldn’t really make anything super stationary, and making that work in with the play [was the biggest struggle],” she said.

Entner also said that this made the show itself slightly more stressful, especially for the performers, since it was being judged.

“People definitely worked harder, and when we found out the judge was coming on a certain night, that freaked some people out,” she said, “so it mostly just influenced the mood and how everyone felt and performed.”

This didn’t affect much, though, as the cast still had the same experience despite the added pressure. Seeing the show come together was even more rewarding for Analla.

“It was amazing,” she said. “It’s the best feeling, seeing it all put together. I felt really proud of the way it was performed and the way we made it come together. Every single person who was a part of it was a huge reason why it went so well.”

Entner agreed that it was a perfect beginning to the theater aspect of her senior year.

“It was really sentimental just because it’s my last play, so I’m glad this was my last one. I feel like it couldn’t have gone better,” she said.

Senior Laura Weiss and junior Abram Cutshall perform their scene on VIP night of Almost, Maine. Their scene depicts Cutshall not being able to feel pain and Weiss as constantly feeling pain.
Sydney Robbins
Senior Laura Weiss and junior Abram Cutshall perform their scene on VIP night of Almost, Maine. Their scene depicts Cutshall not being able to feel pain and Weiss as constantly feeling pain.