Miramonte Players Impress Audience Members with Metamorphoses

Grace Hilty

The Miramonte Players, known for their fantastic productions, self-made costumes, and detailed technical aspects, have outdone themselves once again in their production of Metamorphoses. A combined work of classical and Greek myths, the play appeals to a modern audience with its accesible script and understandable plot. The third and final production is tonight at 7:30. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 for students and $10 for adults.

Miramonte’s production, directed by drama teacher Heather Cousins, utilizes every aspect of the stage, using the theater’s projector, catwalk, specialized lighting, and a pool placed in the center of the stage to fully enact the script’s complexities.

“The lights and complex projections and technical work throughout the production really impressed me. These additions enhanced the comedic and dramatic aspects of the show,” said junior Emelia Hildreth after seeing the play.

The water placed in the middle of the stage, while used throughout the performance in many different ways, represents one classic theme: the presence of change. Metamorphoses itself is the story of transformations and how they affect human relationships and emotions. The pool used in this production is used to portray the underworld, a town center’s communal washing station, as well as a fountain that a drunk man finds himself in.

Metamorphoses is the story of change. It opens with many cast members on stage, speaking in unison, telling the story of creation and why man was sent to Earth. The gods stand on a set of stairs behind the “common men,” Zeus in the center, all of the gods dressed with intricate accessories to show their specialized powers.

The play then delves into the classic myths of Midas, Alcyone and Ceyx, Erysichthon and Ceres, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pomona and Vertumnus, Phaeton, Eros and Psyche, and ends with the story of Baucis and Philemon. In each mini-production, valuable life lessons are explained. Audience members see firsthand the importance of love over money, the danger of making promises based on the uncontrollable aspects of life, and the inevitable reward from blind acts of kindness, among other things.

For Miramonte students struggling with comprehension of these complex works of mythology, Metamorphoses provides good understanding. With a down-to-earth, realistic vibe, this high school cast showcases real tragedy, joy, love, kindness, and the effect each phase of life and emotion has on the individual.

In their portrayal of the story of Alcyone and Ceyx, seniors Rachel Hallet and Robert Robertson share an intimate scene in which it seems that their love is entirely sincere. Robinson, as King Ceyx, suffers to tell his wife Alcyone, played by Hallet, the news that he will be going away for several months on a sea voyage. Hallet begs, prays, and cries for him to stay with her, but he won’t hear it, choosing instead to leave his wife on the basis that he will return unscathed in two months time. His wife finds solace in the fact that she will see him again soon, and is able to let him leave.

When a storm hits the ship, portrayed by several canes held on the set of stairs towards the back of the stage, and her husband dies, Hallet remains on the shore, oblivious to the news. When she eventually discovers his death, she breaks down. In an astounding and moving tragic scene, Hallet is able to move the audience nearly to tears.

The production company went out on a limb for this year’s fall play. With several very romantic and simultaneously heartbreaking scenes, the play is set for a mature audience that won’t giggle when their classmates share a kiss. The love shown onstage seemed so powerful and real that it was almost impossible to crack a smile, even for the less mature audience members.

The Miramonte Players have done it again. They raised the bar for future productions and set a new standard of excellence. We can only hope that the spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, matches this standard.