Almost, Maine opens at WT

On Thursday night, Jan. 17, the cast of Almost, Maine received a standing ovation for their 7:30 performance.

“It just got me hooked the first time I read it,” Julia Rucker, Musical Theatre graduate and director of the play, said. “This play is about love. Its normal situations that you don’t expect and has little bits of magic throughout.”

Almost, Maine is characterized as a comedy and consists of a variety of different scenes of relationship situations, with cast members taking on multiple roles.

“It’s really funny and shows love in a different perspective and makes you leave happy,” Jackie Brockman, junior Elementary Education major, said.

Aside from the ovation, the play was not without hiccups. The cast had a few obstacles to overcome for the performance when cast member and main character, Lauren Bowler, had a medical emergency prior to Wednesday nights performance.

Kaylie DeLauri, junior Musical Theatre major, stepped in for Bowler for the duration of the performances.

“It’s like a totally different experience jumping into a role. It was a really good learning experience,” DeLauri said.

Rucker asked DeLauri to take the role after Wednesday night’s performance had concluded.

“I wasn’t involved before,” DeLauri said. “I was just going to usher the show. I took the script home and studied it a few times before bed.”

Rucker handpicked the play and had to have it approved by the department before it was selected. She expressed words of gratitude and pride to each of the cast members after the show.

“We have had to really pull together and be strong, and we have,” Rucker said.

The play, being translated into almost every language, is one of the most produced plays in the country. This was the first time it hit the stage of WTAMU.


About Megan Moore

Megan Moore is the current Editor at The Prairie. She oversees both the print edition and online edition of the paper. She is a senior student studying both Broadcast Journalism and English, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. ​Megan is also a member of WT's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Upon graduation in May, she plans to begin graduate studies in Journalism.

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