The Tosa West Trojan Players will open the 2016-17 theater season with their version of the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Wauwatosa West High School.
The Players are directed by Adam Steffan, a Wauwatosa East and UW-Milwaukee graduate who has been directing plays at West for four years. Other plays put on by The Players under Steffan's direction include "Cats," "A Chorus Line," "Our Town," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Grease," "The Addams Family," "Jekyll and Hyde," and "The Wizard of Oz."
"Over the years I have tried to raise the bar and reach for excellence," Steffan said. "In year five I wanted to change it up and keep the audience guessing so I was attracted to doing a play. It opens the door for different types of students to be in the show."
The storyline for the fall play centers around a town called Almost, Maine that is so far north it flirts with Canada but almost doesn’t exist. It was named the most-performed high school play by the Educational Theatre Association in Sept. 2016.
“The play will be performed black box style, which means only 200 seats per performance," Steffan said. "This will give the students the opportunity to experience being very close to the audience.”
Additional dates for the play are Nov. 12, 17, 18 and 19, all at 7 p.m., and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and students, $10 for students with an Activity Pass and seniors who are Gold Pass holders and $8 for children age 10 and under. Tickets for all Tosa West productions are available for purchase online at www.trojanplayers.com, by calling 414-773-3243 or at the door with cash or check.
The Wauwatosa West Theatre Department was recently named a Top High School Theatre Program from Stage Directions Magazine, a theatrical publication which celebrates the theatre industry on all levels of production and design. It has also represented the state of Wisconsin at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in NYC.