November 10, 2011 in Washington Voices

‘Almost Maine,’ ‘Oliver!’ open at high schools

By The Spokesman-Review

Gus Johnston, as East, and Mikyla Bordner, as Glory, enact a scene in the North Central High School production of “Almost Maine.” The play opens Wednesday.
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Students at North Central High School fall in and out of love like they fall and bruise their knees, in the romantic comedy “Almost Maine,” beginning Wednesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30. Performances will continue through Nov. 19.

The story is set in the fictitious town of Almost, at 9 p.m., in 9-degree weather. The production tells a sad, funny tale of love found, love lost, broken then mending hearts, in a performance described as a “charming midwinter night’s dream.”

The “Almost” cast includes Travis Bryant, as Pete; Amanda VanWagenen, as Ginette; Gus Johnston, as East; Mikyla Bordner, as Glory; Jake DeVleming, as Jimmy; Amadi Alegria, as Sandrine; Mary Wisbey, as Villian; Allison Ruster, as Marvalyn; Elijah Hiler, as Steve; ElsaAnderson, as Gayle; Jordan Leandertson, as Lendall; Nick Fortner, as Randy; Aldrik Ensminger, as Chad; Theo Olson, as Phil; ShakylaHacker, as Marci; Alyssa Chamberlain, as Hope; Kyle Sogge, as Daniel; Kailee Theisen, as Suzette; Breanna Butler, as Rhonda; and EthanDahl, as Dave.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens and NC and GSL students. Tickets may be purchased at the NC business office or at the door for performances that are not sold out.

“Almost Maine” is not appropriate for children younger than 5.

For more information call NC drama teacher Tom Armitage at (509) 354-6219 or email thomasa@spokaneschools. org or LuAnn Griffith in the NC business office at (509) 354-6240 or email luanng@spokaneschools. org.

‘Oliver!’ opens tonight at Ferris

Ferris High School students will have their audience begging for more when their production of “Oliver!” takes the stage, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. in the Ferris auditorium. Other performances include Friday and Saturday and Nov. 17 through Nov. 19. All shows begin at 7.

The musical, based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” doesn’t just include the talent of Ferris drama students; the cast also includes students from Adams, Cataldo, Sacajawea, Jefferson, Hamblen, Moran Prairie, Odyssey, Southside Christian, All Saints and Lincoln Heights primary schools.

The show tells a story of Oliver Twist, who is sold to an undertaker after asking for more dinner at an orphanage. Oliver runs away to London, where he meets up with Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets and is arrested for looking guilty. Oliver later finds his confidence when he meets Nancy and Bet, two members of Fagin’s gang. The classic tale turned beloved musical includes “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” and “Pick a Pocket or Two.”

The cast includes Sacajawea seventh-grader AJ Skipper, as Oliver; Nathan Seppi, as The Artful Dodger; Collin Skipper, as Fagin; Dan Gibson, as Bill Sykes; Alexandra Greer, as Nancy; and Annsley Bueler, as Bet.

Tickets are $7 per person if purchased in advance or $9 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in the Ferris business office. For more information call (509) 354-6006.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via email at

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