Ring­gold Play­house opens sea­son with ‘Al­most, Maine’

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The Ring­gold Play­house is open­ing its 2018 sea­son with John Car­i­ani’s ro­man­tic com­edy, “Al­most, Maine.”

Di­rected by Re­nee Lierow, the heart­warm­ing pro­duc­tion in­cludes seven per­for­mances that will he held at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­days- Satur­days, Feb. 1 5- 1 7 and 22- 24, along with a 2 p.m. mati­nee on Satur­day, Feb. 24. The Play­house is lo­cated at 155 De­pot St. in Ring­gold Ga.

“Al­most, Maine” tack­les love, life and re­la­tion­ships in a myth­i­cal Maine town full of quirky and en­dear­ing towns­peo­ple. The play fea­tures a se­ries of nine in­ter­twined vi­gnettes that ul­ti­mately tell a story about the peo­ple in the myth­i­cal town of Al­most.

While the show is per­fect for the Valen­tine’s Day sea­son, di­rec­tor Re­nee Lierow says the pro­duc­tion also in­cludes won­der­fully en­ter­tain­ing char­ac­ter stud­ies from more than a dozen area ac­tors.

“I love the sim­plic­ity of this show,” Lierow says. “There is not a need to make it overly dra­matic or have some grand ges­tures, but in­stead, this is a fully char­ac­ter-driven show. They are real peo- ple in real re­la­tion­ships with a sur­pris­ing lit­tle twist that makes us think about our own lives.”

The show’s cast fea­tures 15 ac­tors: Ron­ald King, David Dunn, Joanna Lewis, Sherri Brown, Lisa Par­sons, Ky­lene Booher, David Howard, Chuck Nal­ley, Jodi Up­ton, Chris M. Cooper, Jolie Focht, T.J. Rogers, Maria Chat­tin, Josh Adler and Christo­pher Cooper .

In ad­di­tion to a tal­ented cast, Lierow says the ex­pe­ri­ence and the sto­ry­telling process have been a real treat dur­ing this pro­duc­tion.

“This whole process has left me feel­ing so lucky to be able to work at TRP,” Lierow says. “Each time I have left re­hearsal with the cast, I have left up­lifted and en­cour­aged. They have sur­passed my ex­pec­ta­tions over and over again. I have of­ten told them that this show gets bet­ter ev­ery time I see it, so I am ex­cited to share them and their hard work with our au­di­ence.”

Tick­ets are $ 10 or $ 8 for se­nior adults and stu­dents. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at Ring­gold City Hall dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours Mon­day through Fri­day, by phone at 706- 9353061, or on­line at city­ofring­goldga. gov.


T. J. Rogers and Jolie Focht find each other un­der the North­ern Lights in the mys­ti­cal town of Al­most, Maine.

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