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Are you a director and interested in directing at Eltham Little Theatre? Our play selection committee would love to hear from you.

The current play selection committee membership is:

James Banger (Convenor)

Pat Alcock

Roderick Chappel

Gareth Clarke

Marti Ibrahim

Alison Jones

Drew Mason

Georgina Topp

Trudi Walters

We would love to hear your ideas. One Act plays, rehearsed play readings, full length plays, choir, dance and any other production ideas you may have.

Send your ideas to the play selection committee including the dates you are available. Email

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Almost, Maine by John Cariani

 - Directed by Marti Ibrahim

A note from the Director

A woman carries her heart, broken into 19 pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organised enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart.


Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers.


Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humourous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, this play is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its centre, each with its own touch of sorcery.

It will assist your audition to be familiar with the play. Copies of the script can be obtained by emailing the director via the auditions email below. Please advise if you will be attending and on what day you would like to do so.

Read Through

Thursday June 01, 7:30pm.

Held in the rehearsal room at ELT - 1603 Main Road, Research.

Register your attendance here.

Attendance is not an audition requirement.

Audition Dates

Sunday 17 June

From 3pm

Monday 18 June

From 7pm

Callbacks (if required)

Tuesday 19 June from 7pm

Book an audition

To book an audition time go to:

For further information email:

Rehearsals & Key Dates

Rehearsal days - Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sunday afternoons; times TBA

There will be additional rehearsals on other days closer to opening night.

Performance Dates:

Evenings - Sept 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 

Matinee - Sept 3, 10

Character Descriptions

Characters Summary:

Flexible casting, up to 19 roles available.

Please note that none of the characters have a specified age, so anyone of any age can apply to audition for any role.

Accents: Northern Maine (some vocal coaching will be provided in rehearsals, standard American accent required for auditions)

Setting: Contemporary Maine

PETE and GINETTE, who have been dating for a little while

EAST, a repairman, and GLORY, a hiker

JIMMY, a heating and cooling guy, SANDRINE, his ex-girlfriend, and a salty WAITRESS

MARVALYN, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and STEVE, an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him

GAYLE and LENDALL, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend

RANDY and CHAD, two “County boys”.  (OR: DEENA and SHELLY, two “County girls”)

PHIL and MARCI, a hard working husband and his hard working wife

HOPE, who has travelled the world, and a MAN, who has not

RHONDA, a tough woman, and DAVE, the not-so-tough man who loves her.




Eltham Little Theatre has a long and happy tradition of working with youth in the theatre. Since ELT’s inception in 1958 there has been a production specifically for youth performers for nearly every one of those years.

It is only in recent times that we have been able to offer any sort of theatre craft education classes on a weekend. As you may imagine, due to the volunteer nature of our organisation, lessons we are able to provide depend heavily on individual member availability each year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming youth activities at the theatre please email our youth coordinators.

Youth Classes – General information

Our courses are run for 10 to 18 year olds with separate classes for primary and secondary students. The program explores acting and role play, script reading, monologues and audition preparation. We also look at theatre craft and the importance of staging, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props and how these things impact an actor’s performance.

When available, classes run within the school term for an average of 7 to 8 weeks in duration. Start times and days can vary but usually classes are held on a Saturday morning between 10 and 12 depending and run for 1 hour’s duration.

Lessons will be focussed on various aspects of theatre work each term including but not limited to the following subjects:

  • audition techniques and preparation

  • theatre craft

  • script reading

  • script interpretation

  • improvisation

  • acting techniques

  • musical theatre

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