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Kaneland Connection: ‘Almost, Maine’ set at Kaneland High School

Madeline Heinzer and JayVon Malik Swain run through their scene during a rehearsal of the Kaneland High School production of "Almost, Maine."
Madeline Heinzer and JayVon Malik Swain run through their scene during a rehearsal of the Kaneland High School production of "Almost, Maine."

MAPLE PARK – First-time director Christina Staker is preparing for Kaneland High School’s presentation of “Almost, Maine,” the school’s fall play, which runs Friday through Sunday at the school, at 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park.

Staker said the play is presented in a series of vignettes, with events happening in the same town of Almost in Maine.

She said it’s “centered around the concept of love and different obstacles that come with the stages of love.”

She said the format allows many actors to shine.

“There are not really any leads, because they’re all in separate stories,” she said.

Those in the performance, she said, are mostly juniors and seniors, as well as one sophomore – Nicole DiSandro. Staker said DiSandro “has the potential to become really strong in the future.”

Also, Staker said two of the boys in the performance – Mitch Bateman and James Tockstein – each will play two roles in the performance. The format of the play makes that possible, but Staker said it’s true that boys who might want to be in future performances should take note.

The opportunity will be there.

“We’re always in need of boys,” she said.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and also at 2 p.m. Sunday.

To purchase tickets, visit

Cast members include Dillon Lynn, Taylor Tindall, Bateman, DiSandro, Patrick Murphy, Taylor Eaves, Emily Grams, Emily Laudont, Creston Saylors, Amy Croft, Jacob Gallagher, Tockstein, JayVon Malik Swain, Maddie Heinzer, Anna Hayman, Rachel Miller and Ryan Mitchell.
Madrigals performances

Tickets are available for the Kaneland High School Madrigal Feaste, which will be Dec. 13 through 15 in the high school’s cafeteria.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and then at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Tickets cost $22 each.

Details are available at

Tickets can be purchased there as well.

According to the website, this is the 36th year of the Kaneland Music Department’s Renaissance Dinner.

Christmas Stroll news

John Reece, commander of the Elburn American Legion, said that there will be an official tree-lighting event as part of the Elburn Christmas Stroll, which takes place Dec. 6 at various locations in the village.

The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the American Legion building, located at 112 N. Main St. in downtown Elburn. We’ll have more information as the event draws near.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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