Every once in a while it’s good to step outside of the box.

That’s what the Ellensburg High School Fall Play club is doing with their production of “Almost, Maine” a series of nine vignettes that explore themes of love and loss in a fictional New England town.

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center, with additional showings at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, 7, 8 and 9 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors over the age of 65. Tickets are available at the EHS ASB office or at wa-ellensburg-lite.intouchreceipting.com/theater.

For senior Kyle Nolan, who’s only ever acted in musicals before, switching it up to straight drama was a fun challenge.

“Just doing a play is kind of different,” Nolan said. “This time you have to carry the story with just the actors, without the ease of music doing it for you.”

Nolan and fellow senior Zoe Ihrke said they were drawn to the quirkiness of the play, following nine different stories, all taking place within the same 10 minutes or so.

“It’s pretty much just partners,” Ihrke said. “There are a few scenes with three people, but most scenes are just two people, and those are the only scenes they’re in. There are a few reoccurring characters, but it’s mostly just the two people for that one scene.”

This made early rehearsals easier, since the actors only needed to be there at specific times to rehearse their specific scene. Senior Sophie Hanson said this made it even cooler when they finally got to witness their peers in action.

“It was really cool to see how talented everyone was,” Hanson said. “I’ve read it, but actually seeing it acted out was so different.”

With the one-off scene structures, it also gave the actors a chance to dig into their material. Nolan described it as trying to portray “real people.”

“It’s letting me explore a different part of acting in a more serious sentiment,” Ihrke said.

Hanson added, “I also feel like we’re all leads. It’s really cool because everyone gets their own highlight moment where they’re the star of the show.”

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