Hello everyone! We know many of you are antsy to get back to school and get back on stage! We are too, so here are some updates about the Winter Shows that are currently going on! Here are the following cast lists for our two Winter Shows:
Antigone- directed by Kari Beutz
A note from the director:
Last February, Eden Prairie High School Drama, under the direction of new-to-EPHS yet seasoned director Kari Beutz, produced Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” a play about not fully realizing life as one lives it. “Our Town” follows Emily Webb, who, in Act I, falls in love with the boy next door, George Gibbs. In Act II, they get married. In Act III, Emily has died in childbirth, and we see her joining other deceased in the cemetery of the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire around the early 1900s. Emily is granted one day to revisit her life, and she realizes that most of us take our lives for granted, that the most ordinary days are indeed special. Little did the cast and crew know how much they needed to take that message to heart as it would be the last play produced of the 2019-20 school year prior to the COVID-induced shutdown.
This winter, director Beutz decided on a modern adaptation by Emily Mann of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy, Antigone. The script was chosen both for its ability to pivot to either a live or live-streamed platform, as well as for its timely themes. Antigone and her uncle, King Creon, have deeply divided beliefs. Each unable to compromise, they bring about the destruction of everyone around them.
The dystopian setting and production concept was inspired by images of destruction and civil unrest around the country during recent protests. “Whose Law?” spray painted at a riot will be a focal point of the production, as Antigone follows her own moral law, which clashes with newly-appointed King Creon’s edict. Antigone wishes to grant her brother Polynieces a proper burial, yet Creon forbids it since Polynieces fought on the other side of the recent civil war.
The play was cast just prior to the governor’s order to pause on in-person activities, so auditions were held on November 18-19 in the EPHS Performing Arts Center, observing social distancing and masking. After easily deciding on casting Josie Axelson as Antigone, further casting decisions were made via Zoom on Monday, November 23. The cast had been rehearsing via Zoom after school, then went back to EPHS in person on January 4th to continue rehearsals in person. They intend to perform the weekend of February 6th-8th, regardless of the platform: live or live streamed, which the poetic, engaging script will transcend. (At the moment, live performances are scheduled with a 25% capacity, socially-distanced audience = around 150 people performance).
Creon- Xander Gordy
Aide- Sarah Johnson
Antigone- Josie Axelson
Ismene- Georgia Becker
Guard- Mary Wolberg
Haemon, Creon’s son- Samuel Zwiefelhofer
Teiresias, the prophet- Sophia Dohmen
Eurydice, Creon’s wife- Elizabeth Saunders
Chorus- Ronia Mukherjee, Edwin Parades, Elizabeth Stephan
Director- Kari Beutz
Stage Managers- Lily Lawinger and Averi Leone
Lighting Designer- Katherine Kregness
Lighting Crew- Vivienne Tabor and Josey Abbott
Sound- Ryan Hines and Ezekiel Beuning
Stage/Build Crew- Megan Wilson, Vivienne Tabor, Josey Abbott, Ezekiel Beuning, Averi Leone, Lily Lawinger, and Spencer Wilson
Costume Designer- Blair Schuler
Costumer- Katie Ross
Antigone will be performing at 7:30pm on February 4th, 5th, and 6th. There is also be a matinee performance at 2pm on February 6th.
Also, for both shows we would love to have people usher! Heading ushering is a lettering project as well, so please look into it and contact us if interested! We have a signup sheet that can be used for both shows, and we will contact you to give you more information about it when you fill out the spreadsheet below.
Its time for Winter Cast Lists! First of all, congrats on auditioning! Second of all, there are still a lot of opportunities for tech or other positions to be involved with the show if you didn’t make cast!
The Diary of Adam and Eve
Adam- Riley Wilson
Eve- Molly Corbett
Antigone- Josie Axelson
If your name is on the list but you do not have a character, final cast decisions will be made on Monday. Congrats!
Hello everyone! We are excited to announce our two winter shows for this year! These two, much like out others shows this year, will have special safety measures put in place so performing during the pandemic will not be an issue! Now, the moment many of you have been waiting for, here are out two shows!
Antigone by Sophocles- directed by Kari Beutz
The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain- directed by Jay Asfeld
Both shows will be having a joint audition together on November 18th and 19th from 3-5pm in the auditorium. Callbacks will be on November 20th from 3-5pm. For auditions, please have a 1 minute monologue memorized upon your arrival. Signups are on the auditorium door! Performances for Antigone will be on February 4th-6th, while school performances of the Diary of Adam and Eve will be January 28th-29th. The One Act Competition will be held online this year, so keep checking in with us for updates! Furthermore, there will be a meeting for both tech and cast on November 23 to discuss style, COVID, and other concepts.
If you have any questions, please email the respective directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
With auditions comes Monologue Mentors! Monologue Mentors will be after school on Monday the 16th in the PAC from 3-5. There will be multiple people to help you find your monologue, practice, and memorize, so please consider checking in!
Hello everyone! We are excited to announce that the Fall Shorts Theater Festival will finally be up for performances on November 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:00pm in the PAC! All actors and tech will be wearing masks. We require the audience to also wear their masks, and social distancing measures are put in place to keep everyone safe!
If you are interested in paying for tickets beforehand, we have a nifty form for you to fill out! The costs are as follows: 5$ for students and 7$ for adults.
Also, if you are interested in ushering for our shows, we would love to have you! If you are a high schooler, when you are head usher you get your lettering project for the year done! Ushering is a great way for students to help others and get their lettering project done in a very short amount of time! If you are interested, please sign up on the form below.
Hello everyone! We as a Drama Department understand that this year has changed a lot of the things that make our Drama Department special. Due to COVID-19, our executive committee has decided to drop some of the requirements for lettering! We realize this is a tough year and lettering may be more difficult due to the cohort systems, so we wanted to give you all a bit of a format!
This year’s lettering requirements stand as follows:
-160 hours (can be a combination of cast or tech!)
-6 Drama Club Credits
-1 Lettering Project
As the year goes on, you may have trouble choosing a lettering project! Just know that we are here to help! Even if you have a rough idea of what you want to do, you should always run it by an exec member or a director!
Here are some ideas for lettering projects:
-Informational Videos (these can be or theater etiquette, stage directions, makeup application, warmup tips, scripting, and more!)
-Workshops (workshops are something that we are trying out this year! These will be opportunities that you can organize in the place of a Drama Club! If you want to teach a lesson or host a special guest in the theater world, this is a great way to show off your skills and connections!)
-Language Interpretations (If you are learning ASL or want to help hard-of-hearing audience members, then this is a great way to earn a lettering project! You will be tasked with a way to help certain audience members hear a show using professional methods!)
-House Playlists (Every show has a personalized playlist to add the perfect atmosphere for the audience! If you have a taste for music, this is a great way to customize a playlist for a show! This not only helps out our tech crew, but also lets you shine in a creative aspect.)
-Prop Cataloging (If you are on tech, you probably are familiar with the “Prop Bible”. This is a list of all of the props at EPHS, and is severely outdated. If you are more of the list-taker, organizing type of person this is perfect for you!)
-Organizing a Drama Space (During the hustle and bustle of EPHS shows, we tend to get our hands a little dirty. This is no exception for our spaces! If you love to organize physical objects on a larger scale, consider helping organize a Drama Space! This is a larger project, and we definitely recommend having a partner to take on this messy task!)
**Remember, if you chose any of these options, you HAVE to message an exec member with your idea so you can get the green checkmark! We love seeing everyone get their own ideas, so if you want to do a creative project don’t be afraid to bring it up! We want to make sure your projects are safe and not too difficult, and are happy to help.**
If you have any questions or concerns about lettering this year, message one of our exec members! We hope this post can clear up a few things about lettering and give you a better picture of what you can do to help out the Drama Department!
Hello everyone! We as a Drama Department realize how tough it is to stay social during COVID-19, cohorts, and school season in general. We wanted you all to know that the EPHS Drama Department is a community that you can always go to in tough times.
Our executive team has decided to host a Drama Club Kickoff Social Movie Night on October 9th in the PAC. Doors open at 7 and the movie starts at 7:30. We invite everyone to bring blankets, comfy clothes, and masks! We also have a poll posted in the Drama Groupme with a few options to what our movie will be, so be sure to vote!
We hope that this will be a great opportunity to stay in touch with your peers while keeping a safe distance and are excited to see everyone there!
Hello! After about a month into school, everyone is starting to get the hang of the new system. Since we are all moving alone well, it’s time for Drama Club! Below is our executive group’s first ever informational video! Your executive members Katherine, Reagan, Vishwa, and Sam have put this video together with the hopes of clearing up a few things that we know many of you are wondering about!
This video will address lettering, shows, tech, drama club, and socials. Please watch the entire video before contacting any of the executive members with questions. If there is anything you need to be cleared up after the video don’t be afraid to shoot any of the exec members an email or message the Drama Instagram! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our first Drama Club meeting after school on October 13th at 3:30pm.
If you are interesting in joining tech for the Fall Short Theater Festival, please use this link and fill out the informational sheet!