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Welcome to Almost, Maine

 A series of loosely connected tales about love with a touch of sorcery.

Written by John Cariani

Directed by Marshelle Giggles-Mills

Stage Management by Brittany Joy Sundman

Lighting Design by Tina Ballabio

Produced by Suzanne Ryan


About Almost, Maine

ALMOST, MAINE was developed by The Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Professional Premiere Production: Portland Stage Company, Anita Stewart, Artistic Director, Tami Ramaker, Managing Director.

Originally produced in New York by Jack Thomas/Bulldog Theatrical and Bruce Payne.

ALMOST, MAINE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (

Almost, Maine

Act One


 Pete & Ginette 

Her Heart

 East & Glory

Sad and Glad

 Jimmy & Sandrine & Villian

This Hurts

 Steve & Marvalyn

Getting It Back

Lendall & Gayle



Pete & Ginette


Act Two



They Fell

 Randy & Chad

Where It Went

Phil & Marci

Story of Hope

Daniel & Hope

Seeing the Thing

Dave & Rhonda


Pete & Ginette

Introducing the Cast

Production and Creative Team

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Marshelle Giggles-Mills (Director, Enneagram 2/4) is thankful for another opportunity to create on the Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse stage. She is a founding member and the Artistic Director of the CSHP. Recent projects in the director's seat include Beyond Therapy, 12 Angry Jurors, Working, A Piece of My Heart and The Theory of Relativity. Marshelle is best known for her love of hugs, ladybugs, fuzzy socks, her allergies and her fear of squirrels and craigslist (shoutout to her 6th favorite Collica). Love and gratitude to Doug and her kiddos- Ruby, Bubba, and AJ- for their unyielding support. For more random thoughts and carefully organized chaos, you can stop by her Instagram @meshagiggles. 


Tina Ballabio (Lighting Designer) is Portola Charter Middle School’s theatre teacher and the Technical Director for the after school musical theatre program.  Although she’s super busy, Marshelle must’ve known that she never says no, and asked her to design lights for this show. She is so happy she took her up on that offer and hopes to work with CSH Playhouse again!  Prior to teaching she earned a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre from NYU.  She would like to thank her husband, Dan, her daughter, Shea, and her son, Finn for their support.

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Brittany Sundman (Stage Manager) has been stage managing shows at the CSHP since 2017 and loving every second of it. Brittany also directed the first staged reading of Tabletop the Musical at the CSHP before it premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She has been involved in theatre both onstage and backstage since she was 12. When she’s not herding cats at the theater, Brittany is usually herding her actual cats and dog at home.


Suzanne Ryan (Producer) is a founding member of the CSHPlayhouse, and so excited and grateful that we can bring live theater back to our beautiful valley.  Her greatest joy is standing in the back of the theatre watching the magic happen, and she is so grateful to work with and learn from this amazing creative team.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for giving so much of yourselves to this little theatre.  Thank you also to the cast - you are absolutely amazing.  And thank YOU to our audience for supporting us over the years.  

Thank you!

 Thank you to the following people who consistently support the work we do here at the CSHPlayhouse!

Brittany Joy Sundman, our Stage Manager Extraordinaire

Kyle Sundman, for painting your heart out

Jessica Worland and Dr. Tall Person for making magic fall from the sky

Tina Ballabio, for taming our antique lights and designing a beautiful show

Doug Mills, Logistics Director and incredible support to Marshelle

H. W. ‘Pat’ Ryan, Technical Director (Emeritus)

Thank you always to Pastor Craig Peterson, Erika Hawkins, and the Leadership Team of the Woodland Hills Community Church. 

Much appreciation to the Mills, Collica, and Ryan families (and all our cast member families!) for their support.

Special thanks to Tina Ballabio and Savannah Van Leuven for their expertise and persistence with our lighting system.

Thanks always to the CSHP Board of Directors (Suzanne Ryan, Larry Collica, Marshelle Giggles-Mills, and LeVanna Atkinson-Williams). 


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