FARMINGTON — Romance under the shimmering northern lights is the theme of a Valentine's Day dinner show presented by Farmington High School's senior theater class Thursday.

"Almost, Maine" by John Cariani is a romantic comedy that takes place on a moonless winter night in the remote town of Almost, Maine. Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

"It's a series of vignettes that takes place on a night when the aurora borealis is particularly spectacular," said Farmington High's theater instructor and Drama Club coach, Steven Clark, who is also directing the play. "There's a bit of magical realism, and you're given to understand that the aurora borealis is influencing these events."

From left, Karly Miller, as Chad, and Hannah Carpenter, as Randy, act out a scene from "Almost, Maine" during a dress rehearsal on Wednesday at
From left, Karly Miller, as Chad, and Hannah Carpenter, as Randy, act out a scene from "Almost, Maine" during a dress rehearsal on Wednesday at Farmington High School. (Jon Austria /The Daily Times)

Clark said students presented the play last fall, and, because it was so successful, the school's administration encouraged them to present it again as a fundraiser to support the theater program.

"We're offering an even more romantic setting by providing a full dinner and desserts," Clark said. "People who don't want to come for the dinner can just come to see the play, if they like."

Dinner, which features a shepherd's pie entrée to compliment the northern Maine feel of the play, will be provided by the Farmington High School catering class.

"The catering students will prepare, transport and serve the meal, so it allows them to have a professional catering experience," Clark said.

Clark said the theater class, which in April will be presenting the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," is self-sustaining and will use funds raised during the dinner show to support future theater productions. Clark said the school's theater program continues to grow and improve.

"Our productions and consistency of programming have gotten better over the years, and it's always onward and upward," he said.

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