Auditions for “Almost Maine”

Casting call! Auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. for the G.B. Community Theatre production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Auditions will be held at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th Street in Ashtabula. Auditions are first come, first served. The production will be directed by Stephen Rhodes.

Almost, Maine  features a series of short vignettes in which residents of a small, fictional town fall in and out of love in unexpected (and sometimes hilarious) ways. The original production of Almost, Maine had only four actors, two women and two men.  Though it is possible to cast up to 19 actors, the show will be cast based off of auditions.  There may be a possibility of having actors double in different roles. A description of characters is detailed below.

Performance dates will be February 19-21 and February 26-28.

Those auditioning should prepare a monologue and bring a list of calendar conflicts with them to the audition. All levels of actors from veterans to first-time auditioners are encouraged to try out. There will also be a need for backstage volunteers to build sets, paint, work with props, etc.  If you are interested in working as a stage hand or for auditioning questions, contact Kimberly Godfrey at (440) 964-3396.

Here is a description of the people of this place and the tone of the play written by the author.

The people of Almost, Maine are not simpletons. They are not hicks or rednecks. They are not quaint, quirky eccentrics. They don’t wear funny clothes and funny hats. They don’t have funny Maine accents. They are not “Down Easters.”  They are not fishermen or lobstermen. They don’t wear galoshes and rain hats. They don’t say, “Ayuh.” 

The people of Almost, Maine are ordinary people. They work hard for a living. They are extremely dignified. They are honest and true. They are not cynical. They are not sarcastic. They are not glib. But this does not mean that they are dumb. They’re very smart. They just take time to wonder about things. They speak simply, honestly, truly, and from the heart. They are never precious about what they say or do.

Please keep in mind that “cute will kill this play. 
Almost, Maine is inherently pretty sweet. There is no need to sentimentalize the material. Just… let it be what it is – a play about real people who are really truly, honestly dealing with the toughest thing there is to deal with in life:  love.

Act I
PROLOGUE / INTERLOGUE / EPILOGUE – Pete and Ginette, who have been dating for a little while. They are in their very early 20s, both a bit shy, nerdy, introverted. They are not big talkers.

HER HEART – East, a repairman, and Glory, a hiker. Late 20s, early 30s. East is a confident, wise, and even-keeled man. Glory is slightly nervous, and vulnerable, but very self-possessed. They are both very honest and straightforward.

SAD AND GLAD – Jimmy, a heating and cooling guy; Sandrine, his ex-girlfriend; a salty Waitress. All early 20s. Jimmy has a bit of the frat boy in him and in this scene he has already had a few beers. Sandrine is much more “together” by comparison. They broke up a while ago. The Waitress is very enthusiastic and busy. She may appear as if she’s had too much coffee.

THIS HURTS – Marvalyn, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and Steve, an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him. Late 20s. Both are very kind, maybe a bit awkward and definitely vulnerable.

GETTING IT BACK – Gayle and Lendall, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend. In this scene, Gayle needs to be really fed up with Lendall, and he is very surprised by her outburst. This is not typical of her.

Act II
THEY FELL – Randy and Chad, two “County boys.” Two normal, average, all-American guys, early 20s. They are best friends and have known each other for years. During the course of the scene, they discover they are in love with each other.

WHERE IT WENT – Phil, a working man, and his hardworking wife, Marci. A middle-aged couple who have been together for a long time. They begin the scene in denial and it deteriorates from there. This is the first time in a long time that they’ve expressed their real feelings to each other.

STORY OF HOPE – A Woman, Hope, who has traveled the world, and a Man, Daniel, who has not. They are an older couple, perhaps in their 30s, maybe early 40s. Hope is figuring out her life’s path. Both will spend the scene reflecting on past choices. They are both very sensible and kind.

SEEING THE THING – Rhonda, a tough woman, and Dave, the not-so-tough man who loves her. Both in their 20s. Rhonda is very enthusiastic, opinionated and a bit of a “bulldozer.” She could also be played as super awkward. Dave is cautious around her but also knows that if anyone can tell her the truth, he can.  At the end of the scene, they anticipate, with anticipation, sleeping together for the first time.

EPILOGUE – Pete/Ginette (from Act I Prologue)