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William Woods University will be kicking off it's 2021-22 Mainstage Season series will the critically acclaimed romantic comedy, "Almost, Maine."

The opening performance will be Sept. 30 at Dulany Auditorium on the university's campus.

After a full academic year of stage productions with limited audiences due to health guidelines associated with COVID-19, attendance to this year's stage plays has reopened to all members of the general public as well as the WWU campus community. All attendees are still required to wear face coverings at all times inside the theatre regardless of vaccination status.

"After a challenging year due to the pandemic, we are thrilled that our talented and committed students will once again have the opportunity to take part in our theatre productions in front of audiences that include members of the greater Fulton community," said Joe Potter, Artistic Director of the William Woods University Theatre Department. "We sorely missed having our friends and neighbors join us last year, and are excited to have them back with us in the theatre."

"Almost, Maine" tells the tale of a deeply cold and magical Mid-winter Night, when citizens of the town of Almost not organized enough for a town, but too populated for a wilderness 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 a 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. Parental guidance is recommended.

Performances for "Almost, Maine" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2, with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. Oct. 2, all in Dulany Auditorium. The Sept. 30 performance will be interpreted for Deaf attendees. Tickets for the production are $8 and must be purchased using a credit or debit card at Attendees must have their purchased ticket pulled up on their phone for admittance into the theatre. All seating is now in a general admission format.

Other productions for the 2021-22 academic year will be "A Tuna Christmas" Nov. 18-20; "The Bald Soprano" Feb. 24-26, 2022, and "The Trojan Women," April 21-23, 2022.

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