‘Almost, Maine’ is almost here: OCC Theatre puts on first post-pandemic live show

The Orange Coast College Theatre Department is putting on its first live show since the pandemic with its production of “Almost, Maine.” The play will be performed on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 and will be available to watch via live stream.

“Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, presents a series of nine individual stories about love and those who share it in the small snowy town of Almost, Maine. With a mix of romance and comedy, the play explores love in a witty and heartwarming style as it portrays the awkwardness and yearning of it all, while also portraying the loss of love and the heartbreak that comes with it. 

“There’s a little bit of everything for everyone,” said Salvador Leonidez, a member of the play’s cast. “There’s comedy, there’s romance and there’s drama.” 

As the first live show for the theatre department since the pandemic, this production of “Almost, Maine”is a significant accomplishment for the students and faculty of the department that have struggled through and endured the obstacles they have faced as a result of COVID-19. 

“It’s a relief to be able to do this on campus rather than doing things online like through Zoom,” said Joey Gholam, another cast member. “Being in person just makes us feel more alive as actors.” 

As a result of the pandemic putting live theatre on hold for over a year, this production is the first chance many of its cast and crew members have had to participate in a live production.

“[It’s] bringing live theatre back to OCC and getting a new generation of students excited and involved,” Director Phyllis B. Gitlin said. 

The information for the livestream will be posted on the OCC theatre department page when available. 

(1) comment

Adam17

Thanks for the review, had no interest till I read this, no I can’t wait to see it!

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