The Department of Theatre at Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School proudly presents Medea, Euripides’ classic work that explores the plight and ramifications of a woman scorned. Medea is a wife and a mother, and for the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. When Jason abandons his family for a new life, however, Medea faces banishment from Corinth and separation from her sons. Deaf to the warnings of her Nurse and the Chorus (the Greek collective that embodies the ideals of peace and reason), grief-stricken Medea, mentally entangled by dark spirits, seeks solace in destroying her unfaithful husband. In the presence of King Creon, she begs for one day’s grace - enough time to exact appalling revenge and destroy everything she holds dear.
Students of the theatre program have enjoyed exploring this work, its themes, and character connections and eagerly prepare for this unique portrayal of Medea. The setting for the production is reminiscent of the classic game of chess, where opposing parties struggle against one another till only one remains standing in victory, even if victory requires tragedy, pain, and loss. Director, Michael Williams, is excited about SBA presenting Medea and what such a showing offers to both students of the school and the community. “Watching these young performers work together to understand such heavy themes, deal with rehearsal schedules and the rigors of doing a show, and striving to stay on top of their academics … it’s really amazing. They are like a family; each one of them encourages the others, digs deep to find what is needed to make their characters come to life, and work as an ensemble to make this a fantastic production.”
The design elements, costumes (Cathy Bascom/Williams), masks (Williams), lighting (Andrew Barczak), and sound (Lee Arnold) all work in tandem with the vision and direction of the director and the talents of the students to make this a remarkable journey for the audience and cast: MEDEA/Cara Bascom, JASON/Aris Federman, NURSE/Alyssa Williams, SERVANTS/Karen Benedict, Elizabeth Hans, TUTORS/Andrew Barczak, Zander Card, CREON/Joshua Hamann, CREUSA/Zoe Nunn, AEGEUS/Marc Anthony Marconi, CHORUS/Adam Brigance, Lily Hogan, Sarah Hovanec, Sarah Montgomery, Cheyenne Sanders, SPIRITS/Austin DeVine, LaResha Gregory, Genevieve Sharp, Emma Van Epps, and GUARDS/James Bishop, Christian Presley.
Performances are February 22-25, 2018 at 7:00 PM each night, at Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School (8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova, TN 38016), in the theatre. Seating is general admission, and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 901-260-2840, or at the door each night beginning at 6:00PM.
Please take a look at the following video to learn more about the students and their experience, thus far, with Medea.
Welcome to the Theatre Program at SBA!
The theatre program at SBA is an awesome place to experience the fine arts and to be a part of something unique and rewarding here at SBA. Students who participate in the theatre program enthusiastically love being a part of this program. Michael Williams, Director, brings drive, focus, detail, and passion into the program, where students learn to not only perform well on stage, but to also learn about various aspects of the world of theatre, its history, and how it affects the world around us. The Theatre Program has many components from productions and stage crew to classes for acting and technical theatre. Students are offered opportunities to perform, grow, learn, explore, and participate in various events. Our performers are made up of athletes, students involved in government, musicians, ambassadors, traditional theatre-driven students, and much more. Theatre truly is for everyone, and we would love to have you as part of the family.
Productions at SBA are top-notch, with great attention to character/plot development, sets, costuming, makeup, lighting, sound, and all the various parts of a show that make it so rewarding to be a part of. Typically, there are three shows each year: Fall/Comedy, Winter/Drama, Spring/Musical. All shows are challenging, full-length productions meant to challenge students and to provide a professional theatrical experience for our audiences. Auditions for productions are open to every student at SBA – no limitations based upon prior experience or placement in theatre classes. We want you as a part of our productions, and to experience what it is about theatre that makes students want to do it again, and again.
Acting classes at SBA are structured to guide students from the basics of acting to more complex means of expression. Earlier classes focus on acting games and exercises, light improv, and exploration of the body, the voice, the face, and the senses. As classes progress, students move into monologue, dialogue, emotional exploration, and eventually writing, directing, and designing. Any student with a desire to learn more about acting and the process of theatre is welcome to sign up for these classes. Students are expected to take all material seriously, and to approach all work with dedication, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to grow.
Technical Theatre classes at SBA are the backbone of set construction, lighting design, sound, and various other technical aspects of all productions at the school. Students are expected to build, paint, invest hours toward shows after school, and must be part of the stage crew for every production throughout that given semester. This class is for hard working students who want to help to build and enhance the theatre program.