November 9, 2010

Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts and Students Present ‘Almost, Maine,’ Nov. 18-21

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Romance with a comedic twist in a mythical town will serve as the theatrical focus in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre as Owens Community College presents the student production of “Almost, Maine,” Nov. 18-21.

The first of several performances will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the College’s Mainstage Theatre. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts is excited to present such a heartwarming theatrical production, featuring the talents of so many Owens students,” said Doug Mead, Owens Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “‘Almost, Maine’ will tug at the heartstrings of both the young and old theatergoers as the production takes an insightful look at life and love in a small, mythical town in northern Maine. Attendees of all ages will truly enjoy the down-to-earth performance, which is full of humorous moments and surprises.”

Written by John Cariani, “Almost, Maine” tells the story about a cold, moonless night in the middle of winter and how all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Hearts will be broken, but bruises will heal in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

The cast of “Almost, Maine” is comprised of students and alumni from Owens, as well as community residents, and theatrical production is directed by Owens Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts Jeremy Meier. Owens student Anthony Hunter of Sylvania will serve as assistant director, while Owens’ Evan Koontz of Lincoln, Neb., and Diane Schroeder of Sylvania will hold the positions of stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

Students involved in the production as cast members include Jeremy Wilkes of Oregon, Megan Wasserman of Clyde, Gabriel Barber of Toledo, Deidra Gehr of Toledo, Matthew Johnston of Maumee, Emily Pheils of Rossford, Silvester Rodriguez IV of Archbold, Liana Toth of Maumee, Zackery Doane of Bowling Green, Jordan Jarvis of Perrysburg, Michael Kilcorse of Sylvania, Mallory Myers of Whitehouse, Derek Shikwana of Holland, Andy Sweney of Perrysburg and John Toth of Toledo. Owens alumna Kari Duffy-Shrader of Toledo and community member Chelsea Rogers of Sylvania are also participating in the production as cast members.

“Almost, Maine” will be performed Nov. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will also occur on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information, call the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit