The ultra-Romantic comedy "Almost, Maine," opens at the BeeKay Theatre Jan 18 for a three-week run guided by popular Tehachapi Community Theatre director Karl Schuck. John Cariani's script has been a stealth hit across the USA, and is currently one of the most produced shows across the country.
"The story features 19 residents of the tiny town of Almost, situated in upper Maine. Each of the 9 couples are dealing with the magic of love made manifest in their lives. It's a perfect mood-setter for your Valentine's Day," noted Schuck. "Each of the stories has a special quirky magic to it. It's not an urban play, really, and it didn't do well in New York, but since then it has received hundreds much-acclaimed productions, leaving cheering audiences in its wake everywhere it plays. I think it's a perfect Tehachapi play, celebrating small town life."
Shows are Friday and Saturday nights Jan 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on Jan 27 and Feb 3.
"Author Cariani is an actor, and originally wrote the scenes as audition pieces for himself and a partner, resulting in funny, moving and glorious moments. After all, who writes bad scenes for himself?" concluded Schuck.
While the cast contains a galaxy of familiar talents, such as Heather and Lanie Ringle, a mom and daughter team (who appear is separate romances) there are also many new faces making their TCT debuts including Lucas Jochem, Elmer Acevedo and Christine Maag. Two recent additions to TCT's family are Daniela Peregrina who first appeared in last fall's Playwrights' Festival, and Opal Lawler who debuted in "A Christmas Carol." Among the tried and true are
Dave Shacklock, Monica Nadon, Spencer James, Eric Leiss, Thaer Irvin, Rick Gould, Kendric Bertram and Emily Stults-Estrella all with long lists of TCT roles.
Tehachapi resident James Carhart, a Hollywood and special events designer, is also making his TCT debut with sets and special effects. Lighting by JC Washburn, with other specialists including Jacob Witter, Doreen Burr, Jonathan Hall and Cody Steinbach.
Tickets and more details at www.tctonstage.com