Author: Anthony Agnelli
Posted October 1st, 2020
As on-campus learning kicks into high gear, the performing arts department has been hard at work rehearsing for the fall theatrical production of Antigone (Anne-tig-oh-knee). Head director of the production, Ms. Claire Parker, gives a brief introduction to the play: “Antigone is an Ancient Greek tragedy about a controversial law. The city of Thebes has a new king, Creon, who has passed a law declaring that one of the sons of the previous king is not allowed proper burial rites, which goes against the religious laws of the time. Antigone, the dead prince’s sister, decides to go and bury him anyway. The conflict between these two characters is the heart of the play.” (Ms. Parker). The title character, Antigone, portrayed by Amelia Johnson ‘21, fights the king, Creon, portrayed by Lauren Donovan ‘21, on his sacrilegious policy and their disagreement becomes the talk of the city.
Considering the state of the world at this point, one might question how this production will be staged and brought to the audience? Our amazing directors, ever-resilient, have devised a way to deliver this engaging story to you without a live audience. “We are going to film our production and air it on YouTube right before we go to Thanksgiving break (exact date TBD). The cast will be filmed while performing on the stage - think how Hamilton was filmed for Disney+. We hope to also have a weekend activity to screen the video on campus so we can still create that experience of going to the theatre.” (Ms. Parker). On the more technical side of things, behind the scenes, the videographers will be using sneaky camera angles to stitch the story together. Lead actress Amelia Johnson describes her feelings on the filming process: “I'm... excited about taping the show because we can use such incredible angle tricks to make it look like we are together in a group. Due to COVID, we have to be very spaced out of stage so from an audience perspective we look like we are in little blocks, but the camera can make that awkward space look practically non-existent. I think that we are going to be able to use this to our advantage for some incredible scenes.” (Amelia Johnson ‘21).
With all of this experimentation in execution techniques, the cast, crew, and directors are working harder than ever to put on an outstanding performance! Ms. Parker and Mrs. Leavenworth are very excited for everyone to see this production. One thing Ms. Parker finds fascinating is that ...“Antigone is one of the oldest existing plays to have survived to today! It has a history of being performed when the world feels like it’s on fire and I am proud that The Winchendon School will be part of that history.” (Ms. Parker). Amelia also challenges our community to “[not] count this show out because it is an old production. Antigone is nothing but death, drama, and family feuds, the likes of which you've never seen before.” (Amelia Johnson ‘21).
We at Wapiti Weekly are highly looking forward to experiencing this production in a completely new manner and hope all of our readers are as well. We wish the cast, crew, and directors best of luck with continuing rehearsals, and cannot wait to see what will surely be an amazing show!