Curtain opens for Fall season

The California Baptist University theater program will set its sights on original production and classic Broadway with two fall productions “Almost, Maine” and “Man of La Mancha.”

“Almost, Maine” is a comedic love story about a series of couples who fall in and out of love. It is set in Almost, Maine, during a northern lights filled night, giving the story a magical overtone. Through a series of brief scenes, the couples are shown falling in and out of love in unexpected and humorous ways.

“Each scene in this story takes place at the exact same moment in a small town where everyone knows each other,” Garret Replogle, who plays two of the shows main characters, said. “The material is so real and something you can grab hold of and touch.”

This production of “Almost, Maine” includes 12 actors that are sure to generate many laughs and heart-felt moments. “Almost, Maine” will run Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16 in the Wallace Theatre.

“Anyone can relate to it,” Replogle said. “Whatever relationship you are in or not, at least one character and one scene will connect with you.”

“Man of La Mancha” is a story within a story, centering on the life of the “mad” Don Quixote, played by the accused criminal Cervantes. Quixote and his servant, Sancho, are seen throughout the musical battling the forces of evil. Cervantes faces the idea of what is reality through several humorous scenes.

This production of “Man of La Mancha” will run Nov. 13, 13, 19 and 20 in Wallace Theater.

“The story is the best part and its very powerful,” Chad Collins, who plays one of the main characters, Pedro, said. “It shows the power of love and its ability to impact and change.”