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The wrap-up on "Almost, Maine"

November 2012

The first SAU Studio Theatre show of the 2012-2013 season opened this past weekend with great success. All four shows were full to capacity, with people on the waiting list! Audience member Andrew Lyons, SAU admissions counselor, said, "It had me on the edge of my seat!"

"Molly Conrad's attention to detail and fine-tuned orchestration made for a very cohesive night in the theatre," said Conrad's faculty supervisor, Dr. Cory Johnson.

The experience was a unique one in that it was a first-time experience for the vast majority of people involved in the project. Molly Conrad '14 took control over her first fully-realized production in her role as director. "I was so proud of everyone," says Conrad, "And it was wonderful to watch them get the audience reactions they deserved and worked so hard for."

Rebecca Swanson '12 has spent a chunk of her last semester here at SAU as a first-time Stage Manager for the show. Swanson had previously acted multiple times as Assistant Stage Manager, but had never been head honcho. Stephanie Seward '13 and Jonathan Smith '13 shared the job of of Props Design for the first time for both of them.

For many of the actors, Almost, Maine was their first experience, either at SAU or on stage - ever! Robert Poston '14, a transfer student from Western Illinois University, enjoyed his first theatre experience at SAU. "This play has been one of the most fun and engaging things I've done at any of the colleges I've attended," says Poston, "'Jeezum Crow,' I wonder what my semester what have been like without it!"

Congratulations to Conrad and the entire cast and crew of Almost, Maine for a very successful debut for the SAU Studio Theatre season!

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