Almost, Maine Amuses Wheatley Audiences


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The Wheatley Theater Company (WTC) recently presented a charming rendition of Almost, Maine, a series of love stories featuring a cross-section of couples living in Almost, Maine, to smiling theatergoers.

The romantic comedy was directed by Wheatley English teacher and Drama Club advisor Colin McKenna with social studies teacher Andrew Ardito as co-director, senior Madison Misk as assistant director, sophomore Talia Rosen as stage manager, Caroline Connolly as assistant stage manager, WTC mom Maura Calio as costume manager, Abigail Smichok as costume assistant, Michelle Smichok as prop master, Avery Tanenhaus as stage crew manager and technology teachers Paul Chisholm and Thomas Storck as technical advisors and set designers.

The characters in the nine vignettes were played by Justin Vega as Pete, Caroline Crimmins as Ginette, Josh Dinetz as East and Phil, Ariana Arralde as Glory, Elan Mizhiritsky as Jimmy, Lianna Golden as Sandrine, Devyn Bennett as Waitress, Morgan Misk as Marvalyn, Max Hochstein as Steve, Jaclyn Stroud as Gayle, Jason Manzano as Lendall, Alana Osroff as Randy, Noelle Molstad as Chad, Sydney Behar as Marci, Kimberly Esquilin as Hope, Mike Koszalka as Daniel, Liz Nolan as Rhonda, John Wanamaker as Dave, Hallie ArbitalJacoby as Suzette and Hope understudy, Victoria Manfredi as Gayle understudy, Alexandra Kasparian as Waitress understudy and Danielle Smichok as Glory understudy.

In a bizarre turn of events, nearby Roslyn and North Shore High Schools also performed the same exact show that weekend.

Stay tuned for details about The Wheatley Theater Company’s elaborate spring musical, which will be showcased on April 7 to 9.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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