Audiences may be able to reminisce about the loves they've experienced when Gahanna Lincoln High School Thespians present "Almost, Maine" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, in the school's auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Audiences may be able to reminisce about the loves they've experienced when Gahanna Lincoln High School Thespians present "Almost, Maine" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, in the school's auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Director Cindi Macioce said there's something special about the show's simplicity.

"The playwright has a way of constructing these very rich and very quirky human characters -- complete with human imperfections -- and then gut-punches you with a line or two which allows us to connect the characters' thoughts and feelings to our own," she said.

Macioce said the show flies under the radar because people don't know about it.

"But according to the Educational Theatre Association, it is the most widely produced high school play in North America," she added.

Senior Camille Mancuso, who plays the role of Hope, said it's a story that takes place in modern times in the town of Almost, Maine.

"It's about finding, losing and regaining love," she said. "It's a realistic story everyone can connect to. Different characters come in and out (of the story) with the common theme of love."

Her character visits the house where her high-school love, who had proposed marriage, once lived.

"She goes back to the house to answer the proposal," Mancuso said. "She doesn't find who she thinks she will find."

She said the show will resonate with audiences based on the concept of old love.

"I think it's an important show and everyone will enjoy it," Mancuso said. "It's written realistically. Audiences will be laughing one minute and crying the next."

Senior Michael Arthur, stage manager of the show, said audiences will be able to connect with what's happening on stage.

"Each scene has that moment," he said. "The set was made to bring you closer to the show. Everything happens at a moment to create that awe."

Macioce said the interesting thing about the production is that it has no main characters.

"This is truly an ensemble show," she said.

Mancuso said students have been working on "Almost, Maine" since September, and they're very excited for its opening.

The play by John Cariani premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine, in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

Tickets cost $12 and are available in the high school front office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets also will be available at the door prior to performances.

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