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A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost — not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness — experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

About our Director…

Almost, Maine, has always been a favorite for Andrea, so she’s very excited to be making her Corbin Theatre debut with the show. Andrea Boswell is a recent graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. While at Northwest, she earned a B.S. in Theatre Performance, with focuses in costuming, directing, and vocal music. Andrea has spent the last three summers as an actor, makeup artist, and costume technician in Nebraska’s oldest repertory theatre, the Brownville Village Theatre. In August, Andrea moved to Kansas City where she began working two part-time jobs: a makeup specialist/retail associate at A to Z Theatrical supply, and an activity assistant at Edwardsville Care Center. The residents of Edwardsville Care Center were able to enjoy Almost, Maine in early February when the cast came and did a performance for them. Andrea’s ultimate dream is to find a way to help actors, artists, and/or audiences with disabilities learn and experience theatre, so this was a very small step toward that goal. Andrea’s most recent project was assistant directing Aladdin Junior at the River City Community Players in Leavenworth, Kansas. She hopes to continue her relationship with the Corbin Theatre, and continue to work and grow in the Kansas City Theatre scene.

I know you’ll enjoy this show!

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Meet the Stage Manager….

Ashley Burns has recently graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance. She is excited to work with the cast, crew and Corbin Theatre Co. to create a great show that she knows everyone will love. Stage Managing Almost, Maine has given her a great way to exercise the skills she learned from her peers and professors. Her goal is to diversify theatre and show society that people who have historically been treated unfairly, for any reason, have stories worth telling. This Is her first time working with Corbin and she hopes you enjoy.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine…
Beth Zumhofe
Beth is attending a never-ending class in the school of life. Beth is excited for her first ever foray in to the world of theater. Her goal is to encourage ANYONE to try it…you just might like it.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine…
Jeremy Walter
Jeremy is excited to be back here at the Corbin Theatre! You may have seen him in the audience during “Mornings at Seven”, or perhaps you saw him heading to the restroom before “Lost in Yonkers”. Oh, and he actually managed to be onstage during “Sylvia” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”. He has also performed at other theaters, but shhh. Don’t let the Corbin know I’ve been cheating on her.

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Meet the cast of Almost, Maine…
Kristi Hibschman
“Almost, Maine” is Kristi’s first show at Corbin Theatre Company. Last fall, she portrayed Igoretta in “Dracula: The Final Countdown” at Alcott Arts Center. She has performed extensively in numerous productions around the country.

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Meet A cast member of Almost, Maine…
Maggie Dunn
Maggie is excited to be in her first play after ten years in theatre. In the fall, she hopes to continue her education with a film/theatre degree, concentrating in film.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine…
Sean Carder
Sean Is thrilled to not only be in his first straight pay, but also his first production at the Corbin Theatre. Sean just received his first music teaching job, K-5, at Guadalupe Centers Elementary. Last year Sean also received his first directing job at RCCP in Leavenworth, KS directing “Aladdin Jr”. At the same theatre his most recent roles were Not Dead Fred and Tim the Enchanter in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine
Delaney Tarpley
Delaney she is an editor on her school’s Newspaper Staff, she loves tennis and is involved in various clubs. Delaney is excited to be in her first production at Corbin Theatre. Her hopes for this production are to entertain members of the community, gain new experiences, and have fun.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine…
Randy Campbell
Randy is a Missouri native who started in theater late in life, and loves every moment of it. Randy has been in several area theater productions including “Sylvia” here at The Corbin Theatre. Randy is excited to be back and hopes you enjoy the show.

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Meet a cast member of Almost, Maine…

Josh Keen
Josh Keen has performed in 13 different show, 10 of which were musicals. He was recently apart of Kansas City’s Dinner Detective, and often acts as a Standardized Patient for KU School of Nursing. He is very excited to join the cast of Almost, Maine

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