Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
Durham Academy Upper School is thrilled to present its upcoming fall production, Almost, Maine, from Oct. 26 to 28, 2017. Playwright John Cariani describes it as a “play about real people who are really, truly, honestly dealing with one of the toughest things there is to deal with in life: love.”
The play is set on a cold night in the middle of winter in the mythical town of Almost, Maine. Dramatists Play Service describes the show as follows: “As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.”
“Almost, Maine is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).”
— The New York Times
“Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. Almost, Maine’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.”
— New York Daily News
“Mega-hit Almost, Maine lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town. Unabashedly unhip. There is no pretense of an edge here — the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.”
— New York Post
Performances will be held in Kenan Auditorium on the Upper School campus on Thursday, Oct. 26, Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are performed with a brief intermission. Running time is approximately two hours. The show is appropriate for all ages. Admission, as always, is free, but tickets can be reserved online at www.da.org/reservations.
Almost, Maine brings together the talents of more than 40 Upper School students with direction by James Bohanek and technical direction/scenic design by Jake Kavanagh. Joining them are guest artists Andy Parks (lighting designer) and Melanie Cook (costume designer). The student production team includes assistant director Nechama Huba, stage manager Ashleigh Streiff and assistant stage manager Kayla Bryant.
The cast features Joanne Brooke, Sam Duty, Sarah Farrin, Emily Holmes, Benny Klein, Kristina Kumpf, Cole Mason, Carl May, Colby Preston, Scarlett Reade, Andria Shafer and Julia Villani.
The set crew includes Grace Brooks, Zach Brown, Ellen Cochran, Franny Cochran, Katie Cunneen, Adrian Gutierrez, Jake Jeffries, Finn May, Christian Muñoz, Isabelle Nambo, Cristina Pastor-Valverde, Julia Phu, Isaias Reyes-Martinez, Sean Rutledge and Nathan Salley. Light crew includes Laura-Joëlle Geschwindt, Ryan Morgan, Nathan Salley, Jacob Simms and Chase Statkevicus. Costume crew includes Asher Fields, Madeline Genova, Cat Horrigan and Mallory Trapani. Kavanagh’s Technical Theatre class includes Hutch Castelao, Katie Cunneen, Jack DeBree, Johannes Isaksson, Henry Leasure, Sean Perkins, Andria Shafer, Jacob Simms, Nathaniel Turner and McKinley Windram.
Come on out to Kenan Auditorium from Oct. 26 to 28 to celebrate the romance of Almost, Maine and support the Upper School theater community. See you at the theater!