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It’s never too late to fall in love at The Public Theatre!

Posted on 04/18/2018 12:00pm by Jennifer Madigan

Revisiting the past changes the future when a high school reunion unexpectedly turns an old classmate into a new love.  Don’t miss the Maine premiere of the charming and thought-provoking romantic comedy The Midvale High School 50th Reunion, playing May 4 – 13.

The world has changed a lot in 50 years! The bittersweet fun of attending a reunion is seeing our own changes reflected in the eyes of everyone we meet. But, how many of us have become the person we imagined we’d be when we “grew up”? How many people will you recognize? After 50 years, will you even recognize yourself?

As Bettina, the class valedictorian, and Tom, an unpopular loner, weave their way through the party, their paths cross, and a new road for both of them appears as they fill in the blanks in each other’s lives.  Included in the plot is a series of flashbacks woven through the real time of their high school reunion. Watching an ambitious young Bettina pursue a career in science only to collide with a “glass ceiling”, or seeing an earnest young Tom struggling to articulate his emotional life, one can’t help but wonder how many things have and haven’t changed in fifty years. 

Director Christopher Schario says, “This play is an unsentimental look at the roads we do and don’t take in our lives, and a hopeful reminder that it’s never too late to make new choices, or even to fall in love”.  Schario also notes that, “having such a delightful, smart and desirable older women as a central character in the play, definitely makes this a great show to bring your mom to for Mother’s Day”.

Voted the “Best theatre in Maine” five years in a row by Down East Magazine, The Public Theatre brings the best talent from Broadway and beyond to Lewiston.  All four of the actors are New York based professionals. The role of Bettina will be played by Joyce Cohen. Joyce has appeared on television, Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film, with her most recognizable role in the Disney movie High School Musical.  The role of Tom, her former classmate, will be played by Mel Shrawder. Mel recently completed a two-year tour of West Side Story  throughout Europe. His television and film work include appearances on Law and Order, Miami Vice and Critical Condition with Richard Pryor. The role of Young Bettina, etc. will be played by Nisi Sturgis.  Aside from her acting work in New York and with numerous regional theatres, Nisi appeared for 5 seasons as June Thompson on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The role of Young Tom, etc. will be played by Torsten Hillhouse.  Torsten has extensive experience in New York and regional theatres and was seen last season at The Public Theatre in Ripcord.