Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts presents ‘Antigone’ with post-apocalyptic vibe
Huntington Seaside Academy for the Executing Arts director Jenny McClintock describes this weekend’s output of “Antigone” as very Mad Max-motivated.
Continue to keep in brain that the Greek tragedy was published by Sophocles in about 441 B.C., but some of the themes are common.
“‘Antigone’ starts appropriate immediately after a large war,” McClintock claimed. “Two brothers who are fighting on opposite sides just killed each and every other, the palace has been wrecked to some degree. There’s destruction currently included in the storytelling, so a publish-apocalyptic topic suits. Not to mention you have a king that is a bit of a narcissist, a despot, so that generally lends by itself to write-up-apocalyptic. It is like you revert to these very primal instincts of narcissism and misogyny. It feels like it’s reverting to the past, even while it’s an unspecified upcoming.”
The upcoming for the HBAPA actors requires 6 reveals of “Antigone,” beginning Thursday and running by means of Sunday.
Rather of the historic auditorium on the Huntington Beach front Significant campus, this acting section clearly show will be staged in the studio theater driving it. Also called the “black box,” it seats about 100 folks.
The display, a person of three Theban performs involving King Oedipus and the consequences of his reign, makes use of all of the confined area — together with having some associates of the chorus accomplish in a area above, near the ceiling.
“We seem up and communicate to the gods, and we do a good deal of great dances,” claimed Kayla Witecki, a Huntington Beach front Large senior and a single of three chorus prospects for the enjoy alongside with senior Grace Cross and sophomore Tegenn Jeffery. “We’re definitely centered on the motion and form of explaining our individual interpretation of the story, which is seriously amazing.”
The display has two unique casts, McClintock stated, however the chorus will keep the very same all over just about every of the 6 demonstrates. The two students who engage in title character Antigone are Kaia Podd and Catherine Dosier.
“It’s certainly anything that any younger particular person can relate to,” claimed Dosier, a junior at Huntington Beach front Higher. “It’s a experience of, ‘I know what I want to do is correct, but the entire earth is telling me that I’m completely wrong.’ It’s a tale of standing up for one’s self and executing the correct issue in a spot where anyone could be telling you or else.”
Noella Egelsee, also a junior, is a single of two actors taking part in the role of Tiresias — a blind prophet who sees the upcoming and gives tips to King Creon.
Egelsee reported the “Antigone” production proceeds the acting department’s submit-apocalyptic faculty calendar year soon after last fall’s “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” encouraged by the “The Simpsons” that can take spot following the collapse of human civilization.
“I know there’s a bunch of motion shows exactly where you see sword-battling and things like that,” she claimed. “It’s really amazing to see the intimacy within this display, the speaking involving men and women and the relationships fashioned in the course of the clearly show.”
McClintock said about 42 pupils are associated in the production. To lend the participate in an individualized mother nature, she picked out strains of the script and assigned them to selected chorus customers. The close result is a little bit different than the homogeneous group refrain typical in Greek theater.
“As the enjoy goes on, you see they all start off to be horrified by what is going on,” she explained. “But no a single really spoke up enough in the collective. That’s the theme that we’re seriously playing with listed here, that we’re stronger when we talk out in a collective voice.”
Tickets for “Antigone” variety from $15 to $25. For a lot more information or to obtain tickets, go to hbapa.org/see.