Directed by Karen O'Baker Porter
Streamed July 24 - August 1 of 2021
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
Meghan Barylak (Gayle/Marci/Rhonda) - For the past decade Meghan has enjoyed working behind the stage: in costume design at University of Dallas's and University of Michigan’s costume shops, and assistant directing and design in high school drama programs while working as an English teacher. Before that she had worked with The Brecksville Theater, Broadview Heights Spotlights, and The Ohio Shakespeare Festival as both actor and designer. Macbeth with a beloved collaborator was her favorite venture as assistant director and head designer. Her favorite acting role was Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest. She is delighted to return to the stage with GCA.
Alex Craig (East/Lendall/Dave) - Alex is a director and choreographer for youth theatres in the Northeast Ohio area including Olde Towne Hall (North Ridgeville) and Lorain County Children's Pioneer Theatre (Elyria). Some of his onstage credits include: Dr. Frank-n-Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), Bert (Mary Poppins), The Plant (Little Shop of Horrors), Emmett (Legally Blonde), Donkey (Shrek), and El Gallo (The Fantasticks). He would like to thank you, the audience, for supporting the arts in your community.
Elizabeth Flood (Villian/Marvalyn/Suzette) - Elizabeth is excited to return to theatre after the long pandemic lull. The last show she was in was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which she played both Katrina and the Headless Horseman. She is a cast member in Floriano Productions’ murder mysteries and a cohost on the podcast Novel Conversations.
Mary Fowler (Glory/Hope) - Mary Fowler is so thrilled to be taking part in her first show with GCA! She has had the privilege to perform in past credits that include, Heathers! The Musical (Martha), A Chorus Line (Bebe), Spring Awakening (Ensemble), Xanadu (Calliope), Freaky Friday (Gretchen), and Shrek the Musical (Gingy). Mary cannot express enough gratitude towards this production team for making live theatre happen again! Mary would like to thank her friends, family, and YOU for supporting this production of Almost, Maine! Enjoy!
Mayim Hamblen (Ginette/Deena) - Mayim is excited to be in a play again after quite the long year of no theater! Mayim was most recently seen on stage as Daisy in The Great Gatsby and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. When she isn't acting, she can be found behind the scenes, creating the costumes for productions. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, and their flexibility with her crazy life schedule.
Patrick Mona (Jimmy/Phil/Daniel) - Patrick discovered his love of acting after he and his cousin Riley stumbled across a camcorder one day and shot their own home movie. This led Patrick to study theater in high school, where he starred in Rockefeller Road Review. Throughout college, Patrick has studied film and theater, participating in several "48-Hour" Film Festivals. Patrick is always looking for new and creative ways to perform, whether it's as a cast member at Disney World or directing and acting in murder mystery parties with his friends. This is Patrick's first community theater performance.
Alexis Rushnok (Sandrine/Shelly) - Alexis has 8 years of acting experience in theatre, and 4 years of multi-theatre skill sets. She is a college student minoring in Theatre Arts and majoring in Psychology at Kent State University with an expected graduation date of May 2023. In her spare time Alexis enjoys spending time with her partner and family, she is also a humanitarian. A few productions she has been a part of include: Steel Magnolias, Legally Blonde, Antigone, Little Shop of Horrors, John Proctor is the Villain, Relationship Realities and many more.
Jarrod Vullo (Pete/Steve) - Jarrod is over the moon for the opportunity to be in Almost, Maine. His previous credits include Professor Plum in Clue at the University of Akron, Birdboot from The Real Inspector Hound at Cleveland State University and Max from A Comedy of Tenors at Clague Playhouse. Jarrod would like to thank his family, friends, all the rest of cast and crew, and to all the supporters who made this show possible.