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AYER — Ayer Shirley Regional High School is packing their bags and heading on a trip to John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.”

“Thornton Wilder crossed with the Twilight Zone (New York Times),” “Almost, Maine” is a series of short vignettes written by Maine playwright John Cariani. Almost is a small town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States — it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. It’s love. But not quite.

Directed by JulieAnn Govang, the ensemble cast features ASRHS students Julia Alo, Hollis Babineau, Hanalise Bennett, Alexis Blackwell, Ervin Brown, Brendan Chase Campbell, Carolyn Cooper, Eliza Cuoco, Vanessa Delk. Katherine Krieger, Roz Lupaczyk, Anthony Mavilia, Nadia Nalesnik, Deran Quinty, Emily Russell, Anna Simmons, Keith Ugles, Cassidy Wenstrom and Jorden Young.

To date, “Almost, Maine” has been produced by more than 2,500 theater companies in the United States (and by over a dozen companies internationally) making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.

The show runs Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in the ASRHS Auditorium 141 Washington Street in Ayer. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 for students and seniors.

There will be a special matinee on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., open to the general public as well, but also an Autism/Special Needs-Friendly performance. Young people on the Autism spectrum and/or those with special needs are invited with their families and caregivers at no charge, though reservations are required in advance.

For information about the ArtsNashoba-sponsored Autism/Special Needs-Friendly performance, please call (978) 772-2545, email asrsddrama@asrsd.org or visit ASRHS Drama online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.

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