Play by Mary Zimmerman featuring StFX students starts November 7
Something magical is happening on the Bauer Theatre stage. The popular venue for live theatre has been home to several hundred different plays, set designs, and theatrical elements over the years, but staging a play set entirely in water is an exciting first!
In November, Theatre Antigonish will open its 44th season with the Tony-award winning play Metamorphoses, by Mary Zimmerman. This play is a spellbinding adaptation of the classic myths of Ovid. It is storytelling at its best, with a series of short stories told in and around a shallow pool of water on stage. With its evocative images, visual exuberance, and exquisite costumes, this play is a clever juxtaposition of the ancient and contemporary as it explores the theme of transformation. And since the entire play is set in water, audience members will even have a chance to catch a fun splash or two, if they choose to sit up close to the stage!
Metamorphoses begins with a pay-what-you-can preview on Wednesday, November 7, and opening night on Thursday, November 8. Performances will take place November 7-10, and November 17-18, at the Bauer Theatre, located on the campus of StFX University. The show begins at 7:30pm and doors open at 7pm. The play is directed by Theatre Antigonish’s Artistic Director Andrea Boyd, with set and lighting design by Ian Pygott and costume design by Martha Palmer. The stage manager for the show is Ashley Pettipas. The cast includes a large group of community members and StFX students, some of whom are veterans of the Bauer stage and some who are new to the joy of acting. The prospect of performing a play in water poses unique challenges for all aspects of the show – set design, costumes, direction, acting, backstage work, audience seating, climate control – but it also brings excitement, exuberance, and the joy of creative discovery as the cast and creative team work through rehearsals.
Boyd says “I am so excited to direct this play. The stories will provoke laughter, tears, grief and joy. It will surprise us and draw us in. The actors are all amazing, and the creative team is working wonders to bring the play to life. It is a beautiful play with stunning visuals. And who doesn’t enjoy playing in water?”.
Advance tickets for Metamorphoses are on sale now – online at www.theatreantigonish.com or by phone at (902) 867-3333. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 seniors, and $10 students. Season passes are also on sale, providing a saving of up to 30% on all five shows for the season.
Now entering its 44th year, Theatre Antigonish is a professionally-led community theatre organization, offering high quality productions at the Bauer Theatre during the fall and winter months. As a non-profit organization, Theatre Antigonish brings together StFX students and members of the local community to work together on all aspects of the plays, including acting, designing, set-building, sound and light, and promotions. For more information, contact email@example.com, call (902) 867-3333, or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/TheatreAntigonish.
Name: Nicole Zambrano.
Year of Study/Program: First year Bachelor of Art in Political Science.
Where are you from? Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The first play that you’ve ever been in? Metamorphoses will be my first play!
Name: Michael Gillis.
Year of Study/Program: Second Year, English Major.
Where are you from? Georgetown, Ontario.
The first that that you’ve been in? Goodnight Desdemona Good morning Juliet, a Shakespeare parody.
Name: Devon Side Walker.
Year of Study/Program: Third Year Business, Management advanced major.
Where are you from? Grande Prairie, Alberta.
The first play that you’ve ever been in? First play I was in was at Theatre Antigonish: Eurydice.
First play ever: a Christmas play in the 8th grade.
Name: Tyler Kingston.
Year of Study/Program: Second year, Nursing.
Where are you from? Miramichi, New Brunswick.
The first play that you’ve ever been in? Snow White and the 7 dwarfs.
Name: Salome Barker.
Year of Study/Program: Fourth year, Women and Gender Studies.
Where are you from? Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The first play that you’ve ever been in? The Nutcracker.
Name: Madison Kendall.
Year of Study/Program: Second Year, Arts Program.
Where are you from? New York City, USA.
The first play that you’ve ever been in? Solidea Island.