“Metamorphoses” Comes to Miramonte

Jamie Riley

Miramonte drama hopes to bring light to ancient and classic Greek and Roman myths in its spring production of Metamorphoses

Greek and Roman mythology is back in the Miramonte Players’ upcoming production of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  The show presents a collection of classic mythology told through modern language.

The Players are enthused about their different choice of production.

“Metamorphoses presents a more exciting way for students to learn about classic myths,” said senior Eileen O’Neil. “It’s a great source of entertainment.”

Metamorphoses has many unique aspects, actors note.  Instead of having a central plot, the play is a compilation of the classic comedic and dramatic myths, the most well known being Orpheus and Eurydice, Midas, Eros and Psyche and Baucis and Philemon. The show also has no main characters and is narrated by the ensemble of the cast.  The Players are working hard to underline the ties between their ancient characters and that of our modern society in a way that is relatable to the audience.

“Most of the characters are going through things that people today also experience,” said senior Rachel Cook. “My character, Phaeton, deals with issues with her parents.”

Each member of the cast, in addition to an acting role, is required to have a design role.  Actors enjoy seeing the play from a designing perspective, but admit that it can prove difficult.

“It’s a challenge to do both jobs,” said senior Jacqueline Garell. “But it’s rewarding to see the production from a different angle.”

There are many new technical aspects being introduced into the show.

“My favorite thing about Metamorphoses is the way it incorporates water,” said senior Hannah Reed. “There is a pool on stage, and in each scene characters use it in a different way.”

Many messages of morality are addressed in the production, the most prominent being that love transcends life and death.

“With messages like this, people will go into the show thinking it is going to be really artsy or dramatic,” said senior Grace Witherell. “It will be, but it will also be extremely hilarious. The show caters to both the dramatic and emotional side of theater.”

Many characters in the show undergo a physical and emotional change, develop through their relationships, or change through their experiences.

“Overall I think the message is that we are constantly changing beings,” said junior Cecily Schmidt. “Metamorphoses illustrates these different changes people experience.”

The players hope this production can give students a better understanding of the ancient and classic myths, making them more relevant. They expect students to gain a stronger appreciation for the technical design work that goes into productions.  Metamorphoses performances will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets on the web store are $5 for students and $7 for adults.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.