Performing Arts students from the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) will perform Almost, Maine – a wintry tale of falling in, falling out and tripping over love.
An almost small ensemble cast takes on various characters of a community from a town that almost doesn’t exist and almost got organized. Scene by scene, the citizens of Almost tell their heartfelt tales of love and woe, and what they would do for love, almost. “You’re probably going to laugh. You’re probably going to cry and you’re probably going to enjoy it,” said sophomore Katie Bullock, who is acting and helping with costume design. “I’m just really happy to see this department flourish.”
The cast of 10 features eight RPA high school students and two RPA middle school students. “I think that it’s a great play, and we have a great cast and crew to make it work,” said Marli Messner, a seventh grade student at RPA. “I’m also very excited about working alongside high school students, and I can already tell that I will grow from the experience.”
RPA Theatre Arts instructor Tori Miller is directing the play. “It’s a challenge rehearsing and building off-site, then trucking everything over, but this play definitely benefits from having a smaller, more intimate performance space,” Miller said. “As a learning experience for the students, nothing is more educational than performing an arm’s reach from your audience… they see everything!”
Senior Daniel Altamirano, the production’s stage manager, said, “We all have our back stories, and this play taps into at least one thing every audience member can relate to.”
The Performing Arts Department will return to the RPA West Campus in April for the Spring comedy musical, Lucky Stiff. Auditions will be held in February and are open to both middle and high school students.
Friday, December 5 at 7pm
Saturday, December 6 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, December 12 at 7pm
Saturday, December 13 at 2pm and 7pm
Forest Hall (aka The Printing Post)
639 SW Forest Ave.
General Admission $8
Call 541-526-0882 for reservations