The South Shore Christian Academy Theatre Program will present the play Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl on December 1 and 2. Eurydice is a contemporary reimagining of the Orpheus myth told from the perspective of Eurydice. The playwright Sarah Ruhl blends the classical Greek myth with modern storytelling techniques including a chorus of stones, poetic language, and even a raining elevator. The theme of sacrificial love will leave the audience thinking about the story long after the final bow.
“I think it’s very different from everything I’ve watched in a play or had to perform,” said Olivia Lay, grade 11, who is playing the play’s namesake, Eurydice.
Eight students in grades 9-12 will perform in Eurydice including Olivia Lay and senior Erik Olson taking on the role of Orpheus. Making his theatrical performance debut is grade 11 student Dylan Carter. While Dylan has been involved in the theatre at SSCA as a stage manager for multiple productions, this is the first time he has acted. He commented, “It’s a new perspective and I like it. I feel like I probably should have been doing it more.”
The cast tells the story as an ensemble, remaining on the stage for the majority of the production. Each student will play live instruments throughout the show. The production incorporates the cello, ukulele, trumpet, cowbell, train whistle, and even the kazoo as music and sound effects, adding to the fantastical nature of the story.
Junior Isaac Mann’s favorite part of the process has been “being with everyone and having fun trying to work out the best things for the play.” The rehearsal process has been a collaborative one with each student adding their own thoughts and ideas not only to their individual characters, but to the production as a whole. According to Olivia Lay, she has enjoyed the process, “putting our take on things, giving our input, and making our own kind of unique play.”
Eurydice will be performed Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased online in advance. Due to limited seating, tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.