New Canaan High School Drama Program will present its first offering of the season with the play "Almost Maine," by John Cariani, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 in the high school auditorium.

"Almost Maine" is a made-up place, but it's like many towns in the northern most part of the state with big skies, Northern Lights and plenty of cold.

The play follows the relationships of a number of couples whose interconnections travel the familiar paths of love, hate, jealousy and joy. With a bit of seriousness and a lot of humor, "Almost Maine" will hit familiar cords in an unfamiliar setting.

Lizzie Emond, the production stage manager for the show, said "the cold factor was challenging." It may be Indian summer in Connecticut, but the actors in this show will have to "act" very cold and with multi-layered costumes in keeping with the sub-zero climate of wintery Maine.

"There are so many different aspects of love at all stages in the show," Jessica Browser, assistant stage manager, said.

Prop mistresses Rebecca Mellinger and Kate Weisenseel thought the giant "bags of love," used in the show were among the most unusual props they were ever asked to conjure up, as were the broken hearts that turn into slate.

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Tickets for the show are available in the high school lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. curtain at each show.