Two actors take part in a rehearsal of the E.C.H.O. Player’s production of Almost, Maine that will be at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach from April 18 to May 5. -Submitted photo

ECHO Players present ‘Almost, Maine’ starting April 18

‘Audiences can expect the unexpected’

ECHO Players bring the humourous and poignant theatrical presentation of Almost, Maine to the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach (110 West Second Ave.) between April 18 and May 5.

Directed by veteran director Don Harper, Almost, Maine will also be ECHO Players’ entry to the annual North Island Zone Festival which will be held at the Village Theatre in May.

Through various scenes, the play takes place in the mythical town of Almost, Maine at the same time on the same Friday evening.

“It’s quite a different play in that it isn’t one storyline through the whole play, it is actually eight different vignettes,” said Harper, who has directed a variety of plays for ECHO Players.

“We meet eight different pairs of citizens of Almost, Maine and in each situation there’s an element of love relationships, some of them are touching and poignant and some are humourous.”

RELATED: Review: Show about the show delights at Qualicum Beach premiere

Premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004, Almost, Maine broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

Harper said he wasn’t familiar with the play prior to being introduced to it by ECHO Player’s artistic direction committee.

“When I read the script I thought it was an absolutely wonderful script, I love it. Partly because of the challenges it presents, both to the actors and the audience,” Harper said.

“People will see themselves or relationships they know being played out on stage, so it’s easy for the audience to identify at some point with some of the characters in the show.”

The play was originally written in a way that it could be done by four actors—two men and two women—who each play multiple characters.

“I had a wonderful turnout of people for the audition so I have a cast five men and five women. Each of them, with two exceptions, plays multiple roles,” Harper said.

Harper said in a way, audiences can expect the unexpected at a presentation of Almost, Maine.

“It’s a different show and that’s part of the fun of it,” he said.

“I think the audience will relate to it. It’s just real people in some real situations.”

For show times and tickets, visit www.echoplayers.ca or call 250-752-3522.

karly.blats@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Latest message from Qualicum Beach

Town officials conducted spot inspection on re-opened farmers market

COVID-19: Parksville council moves to Zoom, talks property tax and grants

Money for cancelled events now expected to be returned to the city

PQB crime report: Thieves pilfer fuel from vehicles

Oceanside RCMP receive 229 complaints in one-week period

Nanaimo, Royal Jubilee to be Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 frontline hospitals

Other Island hospitals will be admitting COVID-19 patients and will be used in a support role

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

Easter Bunny not a COVID-19 carrier, allowed to do drop offs

World Health Organization grants permission to Bunny as he cannot transfer the virus

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Comox spring training cancelled for Snowbirds next month

The team announced that due to ongoing travel restrictions they will not be training in the Valley

Some Cowichan schools to reopen for children of essential-services workers

Cowichan Valley will open 8 elementary schools this week

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

COVID-19 PQB business update: looking for takeout food?

Email messages to editor@pqbnews.com

Physiotherapists turn to technology to reach patients during COVID-19

Just because services, jobs, and socializing have been put on hold, it… Continue reading

Most Read