It’s spring on Springfield College’s campus, just in time for the Visual and Performing Arts’ final production of the year, John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.”
Directed by Keith Langsdale, a cast of four students has been working hard since January to perform in Fuller Arts Center. Show times are on April 9, 10, and 11, at 8 p.m. as well as April 12 at 2 p.m.
The play involves 12 scenes, set in a small town in Maine, each its own story about various examples of love. Actors include Springfield College junior Ryan Dearing and senior Kate Nulle along with UMass Amherst’s Anderson Lara and Victoria Guzman.
It is Nulle’s eighth performance on the Appleton Auditorium stage.
“I love telling a story on stage. The audience can forget about everything and just be entertained in the moment,” she said.
Shy as a kid, Nulle used theater to break through her shell.
“On stage I feel like there is no audience and I overcome my shyness. I just love it!” she said.
Nulle grew up in Maine, spending her high school years acting in multiple plays. She started as a freshman in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” and to this day plans to keep the world of theatre in her future.
She smiled bright and spoke with enthusiasm as she explained the work she and the theatre program has put into the upcoming performance. As a Theater Arts minor, she truly loves to perform.
Sunday’s show could be the last hour and a half that Nulle gets to express herself on a Springfield College stage, although she will return as a graduate student to finish her occupational therapy major.
“If this is my last show, then it’s a great end to my run. I am happy to be in a play about where I grew up,” Nulle said.
This final performance of the school year is intended to entertain audiences of all ages. It is an overall happy show that incorporates the dramatic and comedic aspects of love.
Although the snow has recently melted on campus, the stage will be set for a complete winter season. The actors will be dressed in their own, full winter attire, a familiar image for a Springfield audience.
Together, the director, actors, and stage crew have spent a great deal of time creating something special. The set called for a lighting designer from Amherst to rig the stage with a unique backdrop illuminated with twinkling lights to mimic a night sky.
The suggested donation is set at five dollars for general admission and two dollars for students and senior citizens. Refreshments include complementary punch and cookies during intermission.