By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High School’s Theatre Company is going to represent Mississippi at the International Thespian Conference in Nebraska this summer, but the students have to get there first.
The students are hosting a benefit performance of the play “Almost, Maine,” this Sunday.
The company produced the romantic play earlier this year, but for the Nebraska conference, they’ve had to shorten it to 45 minutes.
“The original has nine different scenes, with all of the scenes taking place on the same night in a small town called Almost, Maine,” said Shannon Shepherd, who plays Sandrine in the play. “We’ve cut it down to three scenes for Nebraska.”
With the entire play set in one town in one night, many of the stories overlap.
“It takes you through the many phases of love: You see a relationship start, a couple that’s been together for 10 years and another one that’s broken up and moving on,” said Austyn Davis, who plays a waitress in the play. “There’s a lot of symbolism.”
All 50 states will be represented at the conference, said director Allana Austin, and THS was chosen to represent Mississippi.
There will also be solo and duet acting competitions, and students Davis, Shepherd, Mary Ellen Cobb, Wesley Burcham and Noah Cox will compete.
There will be refreshments after the show on Sunday.
“We hope the benefit performance will assist us in going to Nebraska,” Shepherd said. “We love what we do. We love to entertain.”
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WHAT: Tupelo High School Theatre Company presents “Almost, Maine” benefit performance
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Tupelo High School Fine Arts Auditorium
INFO: (662) 840-1841