Actors in 'Almost Maine' play many roles in tales of life, love

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre show opens July 20
Spc. Josh Ames and Spc. Will Wilson rehearse for the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre comedy Almost, Maine, which will be staged July 20-21, 27-28 and Aug. 2-4.



Life and love happen in one night in Almost, Maine.

For three weekends, the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre stage will become the tiny town, where the lives of those in the community are touched on one night by love and the magic of the Aurora Borealis.

“When I first saw this, I thought how charming and wonderful it was,” said Steve Walpert, the play’s director.

Walpert said the play has a feel reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and tells 10 short love stories about those who live in the town. While these vignettes are seemingly separate, they contain glimpses into the lives of other townspeople connecting the play.

“The entire story is beautiful. It’s touching and sweet and has endearing characters,” said Karen Brotherton, who appears as two characters in two of the vignettes.

One of Brotherton’s vignettes is called “Her Heart,” and is about a young woman who has come to say goodbye to her husband who was killed in a vehicle accident. As she’s standing in someone’s front yard, she discovers the possibility of a new love.

“There’s almost a magical quality as the characters are drawn together,” she said.

Most of the actors play at least two roles that are vastly different.

“I play one character who is a bit down on his luck and feels the best years of his life are behind him,” said Tony Mesa. “The other character is content with his life and pleased with the world.”

Having the opportunity to try out different characters within one play is fun for the actors, they said.

“It stretches you to develop different characters,” said Brotherton.

Walpert said the production is a little different from past shows, but he believes the audience will enjoy it.

While it has funny moments, “it’s not a comedy. It’s unique, and it just really has some nice stories,” he said.

Almost, Maine will be staged July 20-21, 27-28 and Aug. 2-4. Dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for civilians, $38 for military retirees, senior citizens 65 years-old and older, Department of the Army civilians and active duty E7 and above; $30 for active duty E6 and below; and $25 for the show only.

The general public must enter Fort Gordon through Gate 1 on Gordon Highway. Anyone 16 years old and older must present a valid ID, and drivers must present proof of insurance and car registration.

For reservations, call (706) 793-8552.