Woodburn students perform rendition of Greek tragedy
- Lindsay Keefer
- Woodburn Independent - Features
Woodburn High School presents "Agatha Rex," a modern-day version of "Antigone," at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16
Theater-goers can prepare for Agatha Rex, a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone, at Woodburn High School Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16.
The play will be at 7 p.m. in the high school lectorium, 1785 N. Front St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
Agatha Rex is about a preparatory high school in which students must adhere to strict rules. When Agatha Rexs brothers break the rules and come to school with their ears pierced, one is told he must write an essay while the other is expelled. Agatha, who is the student council president, must choose whether to stand up for what she sees as an injustice.
Its not so much that shes sticking up for her brother, because they dont really like each other that much, explained Director Amy Sidwell. Its more about what she believes is fair.
Sidwell said she chose the play because some students study it in classes.
I thought it would be good for them to see a version that perhaps they can connect with more, she said. I like to be able to connect as many things with school as I can when working with them.
Like the ancient Greek plays, a large part of the action is spurred by a chorus, which is an ensemble of students who mainly sit on steps positioned on either side of the stage and chant in rhythm, speaking the stream of consciousness of characters and addressing the audience throughout the play.
They have to work on their moments and work on being together, Sidwell said. Thats the hardest part. But its the third biggest part in the show as far as lines.
The play is also similar to the Greek style with minimal set and props.
Its very much representational, Sidwell said. Were trying to set it up like a semi-arena.
In the cast and crew of 32, 14 have never been in a play before, Sidwell said. Among them, three main characters are double-casted, allowing for more students to gain experience in lead roles.
Woodburn High School students will have even more opportunities to shine onstage this school year, with Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the February musical and a play written by International Baccalaureate students based on their own experiences with bullying.
Its going to be an exciting year, Sidwell said.