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A group of people sit watching an outoor production.

Meredith Brand, left, playing Marvalyn, and Steven Smith, as Steve, are shown in a Thursday dress rehearsal of Almost, Maine. Photo by Andy Sharp


ALMOST, MAINE

The Palace Theatre, 810 South Austin Avenue, will premiere Almost, Maine as part of its spring series. Playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s play, where on a cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery. Tickets are available online or at the box office. March 26–April 25.


 

Palace performers showcase talents
in romantic comedy

 

PLAY TIME | LINDA DWYER

 

The Palace Theatre presented a flawless opening Friday, March 26, of Almost, Maine.
The offbeat, romantic comedy, directed by Emily Taylor, features six performers who showcased deft skill in developing and portraying several different quirky characters.
Almost, Maine is nine vignettes about love experienced by the residents of its mythical town Almost. The sweet, surreal play was written by actor, playwright John Cariani. It premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004 and opened off-Broadway in 2006. It has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the U.S. and has been translated into nearly 20 languages.

 

Almost, Maine follows characters experiencing elusive feelings of first love, love lost, love reignited and unrequited love. Scenes are set in cold, rural Maine with shimmering northern lights creating an ethereal aurora.

 

The eccentric cast of characters playfully portray love experiences through literal metaphors. Jake Maspero portrays repairman East who encounters a woman in his backyard observing the northern lights. Glory is played by Meredith Brand. Glory’s late husband literally broke her heart, which she now keeps in the bag she carries. East offers to fix her broken heart since he is, after all, a repairman. Mr. Maspero and Ms. Brand were aptly able to play off one another in a light, humorous manner. 

 

Morgan Urbanovsky as Rhonda is pursued by buddy Dave, portrayed by Keyshaan Castle. The awkwardness of friends becoming romantic partners was funny and endearing. The shedding of layers upon layers of clothing by both characters was a hilarious portrayal of Maine winter wear from heavy coats to long johns. This is the first time appearance on the Palace stage for both Mr. Castle and Ms. Urbanovsky, and hopefully, we will enjoy many more.

 

Frustrated spouses trying to be understood was an emotionally charged scene. Steven Smith was the distant husband, Phil. Jill Jackson was the long-suffering wife Marci. Mr. Smith and Ms. Jackson perfectly portrayed the hopelessness of love lost. The two were believable and natural in the tense roles. See if you can guess the metaphor of Marci’s lost shoe in this scene.

 

The mélange includes love returned in huge sacks, a man who can’t feel pain and the romantic tension of two characters who literally “fall” in love. There's something for everyone to relate to in one way or another.

 

Fade-outs created a smooth transition between scenes. Faith Castaneda usually splits her time at the Palace between lighting design and stage management — but this time did both.

 

Kudos to director Emily Taylor for her direction of 20 characters. Each of the six talented stars portrayed three or four delightfully different personalities. The cast seemed to enjoy their time on stage, and the audience was appreciative of their expertise.

 

Almost, Maine feels like a modern day version of Shakepeare’s beloved play A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which lovers find themselves bewitched by fairies. The northern lights seem to upend love in the most mischievous manner and all is not what it first appears.

 

Almost, Maine runs March 26–April 18 indoors on the Palace Theatre’s Springer Stage, 810 South Austin Avenue. Masks are required and no concessions will be sold at this time. Tickets are available for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. or Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.georgetownpalace.com/ or call 512-869-SHOW (7469) ext. 1.

Art

SENIOR EXHIBITIONS

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art Department presents a virtual event with senior art majors Summer Elliott, Mattie Wesoloski, and Hal Webster presenting artist talks and presentations on their recent gallery exhibitions. This event will be held in a RingCentral meeting from 6–7:30 p.m. on April 7. Free and open to the public. RSVP at https://www.southwestern.edu/live/events/15818-senior-exhibitions-virtual-artist-talks. April 7, 6 p.m.

 

BLACK WOMEN’S EPOCH
The Georgetown Art Center has unveiled Black Women’s Epoch, a group art exhibition by We Here Collective that explores Black femme history through a multi-media, intersectional lens. Through this exhibition, they hope to emphasize the perspectives and stories of Black American women to show who they are and how they have always been instrumental in shaping our country and our history. This exhibition includes work that displays the continued resistance to systematic racism and sexism. Within this exhibition artists also work to dismantle the monolithic stereotypes placed on Black and women art through various mediums such as painting, collage, digital art, mixed media, and sculpture. A virtual artist talk will be held via Zoom on at 6 p.m. on April 11, moderated by Norma Clark. The Art Center is located at 816 South Main Street. Through May 9.

 

 

Music

ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS
The Central Texas Orchestral Society is planning two classical music performances. The concerts will be streamed live as well as performed in person at the Cultural Activities Center, 3011 North Third Street in Temple. Tickets are available at https://www.ctosarts.org/ for the following.
• Dominic Cheli at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Mr. Cheli is one of five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists. His playing has been described by Symphony Magazine as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.”
 • Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed by The New Yorker as “the world’s reigning male chorus” and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire.
 
MUSICALE
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department presents a virtual recital featuring the school’s talented vocal and instrumental music students. Musicale is a regularly occurring recital that showcases the work Southwestern University’s music students have been developing throughout the semester. Remote audiences can watch the live stream on YouTube. Free and open to the public. No ticket reservation needed. For more information visit www.southwestern.edu/music/. 3 p.m. April 16.
 
BRAVO TENORE
For one night only, the Palace Theatre will host tenors Cliff Butler, Paul Sanchez and Jorge Salazar, who will perform a night of Broadway hits. Songs include “The impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, “Someday” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, “Maria” from West Side Story, “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde and other popular tunes. The performance will be indoors on the Palace’s Springer Stage. Seats will be staggered by rows with a two-seat separation between groups. Masks are required, even when sitting in your seat. 7:30 p.m. April 22.
 
MUSIC FROM THE BEACH BOYS
Put on your Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and sunglasses, and join the Palace Theatre for a night of surfing safari fun with the hits of the Beach Boys. Featuring songs that made the Beach Boys beloved, the show will take place outdoors in the Palace’s Courtyard. 7:30 p.m. May 14.
 
SOUNDS OF FLEETWOOD MAC
The Palace Theatre is hosting a night of music from one of the greatest bands of the 70s and 80s featuring Yesenia McNett. The band will perform the hits that made Fleetwood Mac a household name. Outdoors in the Palace Courtyard. 7:30 p.m. May 16.
 
CORY MORROW AT REUNION RANCH
Reunion Ranch at 850 County Road 255 is hosting a live outdoor event featuring Cory Morrow, food trucks and two cash bars. Proceeds benefit Faith in Action Georgetown, a nonprofit providing free transportation and support services to seniors in need. Blankets and low-slung beach chairs welcome. No outside food or drink allowed. Masks encouraged. Space is limited. Presale only. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at faithinactiongt.org/events. May 21.

 

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra will perform two free outdoor concerts in May.  The first concert is Friday, May 21, at Elizabeth Milburn Park in Cedar Park. The second concert is Saturday, May 22, at Old Settlers Park Lake Pavilion in Round Rock. Concerts are open to the whole family. May 21–22.

 


Bulletin Board

TRIVIA NIGHT
Barking Armadillo Brewing, 507 River Bend Drive, will host a weekly, free trivia night with Texas Red Entertainment. Trivia begins at 8 p.m. Through July.
 
PECAN GROWING CLASSES
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and sponsors are offering a free opportunity to earn CEUs and enjoy a free lunch. Join a free tour of the orchards at Georgetown Pecan Company Orchards, 1300 County Road 150. Bring a lawn chair so you can listen in comfort to our guest speakers:
• 10 a.m. — Integrated Pest Management (1 IPM CEU) by Bill Ree, retired Texas A&M AgriLife Pecan IPM Specialist.
• 11 a.m.  —  Orchard Floor Management (1 General CEU) by Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Fruit and Nut Specialist.
• 12 p.m.  —  Free Lunch and Orchard tour.
Register at:  https://williamson.agrilife.org.  For more information, contact Kate Whitney at the Williamson County AgriLife Extension Office 512-943-3300 or klwhitney@ag.tamu.edu. April 9.

LET’S TALK TURF
If you’d like to learn more about how to care for your lawn, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is offering a 4-part series about lawn care in Williamson County presented by Dr. Becky Bowling, an AgriLife Extension specialist. Join the Zoom call from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. for a presentation and Q&A on the following Wednesdays:
• April 7: Mowing and Aerating.
• April 14: Fertilization.
• April 21: Irrigation.
• April 28: Pest Management.
The cost is $15 and includes all four sessions. Sessions will be recorded and viewable for registered participants. Register at:  https://williamson.agrilife.org. For more information, contact Kate Whitney at the Williamson County AgriLife Extension Office 512-943-3300 or klwhitney@ag.tamu.edu.

GEORGETOWN BRIDAL SHOW
Brides and grooms can check out area wedding professionals at the 12th annual Georgetown Bridal Show. The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce will host the show April 11 at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Street. Attendees can connect with more than 70 wedding professionals. Two bridal gown shops with models will show the latest fashions. Attendees will be able to see the dresses up close and ask the model questions. This year an exhibit featuring wedding dresses from the past will be a fun addition to the show. The show includes vendors such as venues, catering companies and DJs, as well as some less common industries such as mobile bars, a dance studio and a hair salon. April 11.

HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO
Wolf Ranch Town Center will host a Health & Wellness Expo
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, April 17. This free and educational event for the entire community will feature the latest in fitness, nutrition, mental health and event wellness. The event will feature over 35 vendor booths, free group fitness classes taught by Fact Fitness and OBK Fitness, guest speakers, and prize giveaways. The participating businesses cover the spectrum of health and wellness from cryotherapy to kidney assessments. Information on senior care, chiropractics, physical therapy, health insurance and more will be available. In addition to the exhibitors, guest speakers will be presenting the latest education information on Covid-19, over-the-counter medications, basic first aid, food as medicine and more.
Free group fitness classes, including Vinyasa Yoga and HIIT Bootcamp classes, will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be completed through Eventbrite. The event will take place in the parking lot next to Fact Fitness at Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1019 West University Avenue, Suite 100. 10 a.m. April 17.

VIRTUAL CAREGIVER SEMINAR
AGE of Central Texas will host the free virtual caregiver support seminar exploring “Breaking the Ice: A Hospice Conversation for Caregivers” on Saturday, April 24. Part of the on-going workshop series to help family members effectively care for an older adult  — and rescheduled from the original February 20 date — the free seminar will be held from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. online. Baylor Scott & White Hospice Care Consultant Chiquita Watkins, MHA, MBA, will explore the basics of hospice care and how it can provide comfort, support and peace of mind for both patients and caregivers. As a liaison for Baylor Scott & White Health Care, Watkins provides information and education to physicians, adult care centers and senior organizations, home health agencies and the community regarding end of life care. She has a Masters in Health Administration, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has been in the medical health care field for 10 years. Registration for the conference is free, but space is limited. Participants can register by calling 512-600-9275, or online at http://www.TinyURL.com/AGEapril2021. 10 a.m. April 24.

FOOD, NUTRITION SERIES
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is hosting a free, six-part, in-person series as part of its Food and Nutrition project in Williamson County. The program is available to adults and youth (under age 10 must be with an adult). The events will take place Thursdays 6 p.m.–8 p.m. starting April 8 at the AgriLife Extension Office, 100 Wilco Way, Suite AG205. You do not have to attend every session to sign up. Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date. Registration is available through the AgriLife website: www.williamson.agrilife.org.  For more information, contact Paige McClellan at the Williamson County Extension Office 512-943-3300 or paige.mcclellan@ag.tamu.edu. The sessions include the following.
• April 8: Introduction and overview of the program.
• April 15: Introduction to “My Plate” nutrition program.
• April 22: Food preparation and garnishing with guest chef.
• April 29: Food substitutions and keeping food safe.
• May 6: Cost analysis and public speaking.
• May 13: Adult vs. youth cook-off.

NATURALIST SPRING TRAINING
Registration is open for the Good Water Master Naturalist Spring Training Class. The virtual classes meet on Tuesday afternoons from 1–5 p.m. and continue through May 27. Depending on the state of the pandemic, there might be field trips later in the spring. The cost is $150 and includes the comprehensive Texas Master Naturalist Program manual as well as a one-year membership to the Good Water Chapter. For couples who plan to share the manual, there is a discount for the second student. For more information, including registration and the training class calendar, visit the Good Water Master Naturalist website. Through May 27.


VEGGIE, HERB GARDEN DEMO
The Williamson County Master Gardeners monthly meeting April 12 will feature “Demonstration Veggie & Herb Garden Update” by Gail Kelley and Jim Williams, Williamson County Master Gardeners. Join to find out about vegetable gardening, learn about the herb garden renovations and hear what’s been learned in the last year. The meeting is free and open to the public. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held virtually via Webex. Please visit the calendar on the AgriLife website for the info to join the meeting: https://williamson.agrilife.org/. For questions, contact Kate Whitney at klwhitney@ag.tamu.edu or the Extension Office at 512-943-3300. April 12.