After months of hard work, the cast and crew behind Eurydice showcased their talent as the play came to life, dazzling audiences and exceeding expectations.
When I attended Saturday night, the school was oddly quiet in comparison to how I normally see it during the average school day. There were barely any lights, no screaming teenagers, and no bustling teachers.
I was greeted and got my ticket at a table near the auditorium and was directed through the doors where the atmosphere completely changed. The whole room was dark except for the stage that was glowing with cool-colored lights and lined with chairs for the intimate audience.
The cast and crew did a fantastic job of setting the scene as soon as you walk in the door. It was like stepping into the myth itself. As the lights dimmed and the music faded, the story unfolded over the course of about an hour.
Over the past month, I had the pleasure of becoming an intimate observer of this year’s fall production and its progress. From rickety wooden palettes and notebook paper letters to flourishing colors and a raining elevator, the show came together in the best ways possible.
All of the actors and actresses played their roles with an enthusiasm I didn’t quite expect from a high school production. They often don’t get the credit they deserve. It was obvious they had poured their hearts and souls into this year’s play.
It was an intimate performance with little room to improve given the resources they had. The actors told the story around us as if we were never there and the events just unfolded before our eyes. The experience was heartfelt and as emotional as Maia Koontz, the student director for Eurydice, had described to be in previous interviews.
The crew for the show who worked the lights, made the set, and cued the music, had
everything laid out smoothly. Every single contributor put massive efforts into the beauty and the outcome shows.
They even had on-stage water, as promised. The play featured a raining elevator. Yes, an elevator that rains,used to symbolize the portal or doorway into the underworld from the River of Souls, and it did so beautifully.
By far one of the most impressive stage performances I’ve seen and exceeding standards of school shows I had experienced before, Eurydice set the bar for any production following. I look forward to the next example they will set and how on Earth they’re going to top this year’s play.
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