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Romance and comedy come together on Roanoke College stage

Salem, Va.—Escape to the mythical town of Almost, Maine, where romance and humor run wild under the wintry skies.

Theatre Roanoke College presents this whimsical story, featuring an array of characters who fall in love and break hearts in a series of funny and unexpected episodes.

Audiences sit onstage for an up-close view of this comic tale of love lost and found, written by actor and playwright, John Cariani.


See the show:

“Almost, Maine,” Wednesday, Feb. 22- Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Olin Theater, $7/$5*

Tickets available at www.roanoke.edu/tickets or by calling (540) 375-2333.

**Note: Seating will be on stage and limited.




Check out other Roanoke College-sponsored events happening in the next two weeks:

Faculty Concert: Neoclassical Chamber Music

Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Olin Recital Hall


The concert will present Jeff Midkiff, clarinet; Geronimo Oyenard, violin; and Gordon Marsh, piano. The program will include Dmitri Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 (1951), Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for violin solo (1947), Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for clarinet and piano (1962), and Darius Milhaud’s Suite for violin, clarinet and piano (1936).


Reflections on the Death Penalty

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom


Dr. Todd Peppers, an associate professor of Public Affairs at Roanoke College, will speak about the current issues involving the death penalty in the United States. Peppers, who is the Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Chair, is co-author of “Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas,” a book about the death penalty in Virginia. His lecture is sponsored by the college’s Public Affairs department.


Art Exhibition: Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, April 1

Olin Gallery: “In the Event of Andy Warhol”

Smoyer Gallery: Max Mitchell


Artist Lecture, Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum: Thursday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Antrim Chapel

Opening reception: March 1, 6-8 p.m., Smoyer Gallery.


Staniar Gallery at Washington & Lee University, Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University have been selected by the Andy Warhol Foundation to receive collections of Warhol’s polaroids and black and white prints as part of the Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.


“In the Event of Andy Warhol,” a collaborative exhibition of Warhol photographs and contemporary artists that are inspired by or reference Warhol in their works, debuts Jan. 9 – Feb. 4 at Staniar Gallery. The exhibition continues at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries on March 1 – April 1. It concludes at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum May 31 – Sept. 15.


Max Mitchell began painting in high school under the tutelage of Brian Counihan, a local artist and dean of Art and Humanities at Community High School in Roanoke. Mitchell is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and attends the University of Pennsylvania’s BFA program. He was the first place winner for the Olin Hall Galleries 2011 Biennial.



Jazz & Wind Ensembles Joint Concert

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Olin Theater


The Roanoke College Jazz & Wind Ensembles will perform under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha. The Jazz Ensemble will perform big band arrangements of such diverse tunes as “Magilla,” originally recorded by Phish, and a hard-swinging rendition of “Georgia on My Mind.”  There will be the usual salute to funk and fusion with the Jaco Pastorius vehicle “The Chicken,” and a samba rethinking of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” composed by Ellington with Irving Mills and Juan Tizol, and arranged by Mike Tomaro.


The Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the concert with Clifton William’s elegant and majestic symphonic march, “The Sinfonians.”  The ensemble will then perform the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, nick-named “The Hen.” It will be followed by the three movement composition, “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo,” by English film composer, Malcolm Arnold.




Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talk Series

“Good Girls Don’t: Salome in Renaissance Art,” Dr. Jane Long

Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, Salem


Roanoke hosts a series of discussions on the first Thursday of each month at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea in Salem. The hour-long talks are meant to provide a relaxed forum for discussion and inquiry. Roanoke professors will give a 20 to 25 minute introduction to a topic, followed by an open forum conversation.


Admission Charges: Many events are free of charge and do not require tickets. When admission fees or tickets are required for an on-campus event, this is stated in the individual listing, as is information on how to obtain the tickets. Additional nominal fees for online ticket purchases apply.