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Brooke students present comedy

February 27, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - While it appears winter weather is nearly behind us, audiences for Brooke High School's upcoming stage production may feel a chill as they take in the frosty setting of the romantic comedy, "Almost Maine." at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Written by John Cariani, the play takes place on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, when 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 ways.

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SNOW SCENE — Students in Brooke High School’s production of “Almost Maine” have a little fun while preparing for the presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school’s auditorium. Admission to the romantic comedy is $7 for adults and teens and $5 for children age 12 and under, with Brooke High School students admitted for $3 on the first night. -- Warren Scott

Knees are bruised, hearts are broken, but the bruises heal, and the hearts mend, almost, in the delightful midwinter night's dream.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $7 for adults and teens and $5 for children age 12 and under. There also will be a special $3 admission for Brooke High School students attending on the first night.

Proceeds will go to the school's theater education fund and its drama club.

The school's theater II class, led by director and instructor Nathan Marshall, has been working on the production since mid-November.

Under Marshall's guidance, students selected the play; a student director, Cody Chapman; and a student stage manager, Jessica Cook, as well as casting the play with in-class talent and even contributed to the set design and publicity for the show.

"This is really the cumulative effort of our scholastic theater program," Marshall said of the class, which also has observed actors from various companies at work.

"Over the two-year theater education process here at Brooke, students are exposed to real professional theater from the local area all the way to Pittsburgh, Broadway, and even London's West End. This effort, as in all we do, is our attempt to display professional quality theater at a high school level."

Brooke High School senior Shannon Reardon, who plays the role of Gayle in the play, said, "Our class has been together for two years now. Not only are we excited for the public to see all of the hard work we've put forth, but we're also excited to celebrate this production as a family, because that's what we are in this class a family."

The three nights also will showcase talent from the theater I class students, who will open each evening by performing comedic scenes.

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