Love, death and rock and roll take center stage in the Shoreline Community College production of Sarah Ruhl’s award-winning play, a modern adaptation of the classic myth, “Eurydice,” Nov. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 22, 2009 at 2 p.m.
In Greek mythology, this was the story of Orpheus and his treacherous journey to bring his doomed bride Eurydice back from the underworld. On the SCC stage, it is award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl’s poignant modern take on the myth, told from Eurydice’s point of view, and framed by the most ambitious set ever built at Shoreline Community College. The decayed amusement park is complete with a river of forgetfulness, a chorus of stones, and a working roller coaster that shuttles characters between the land of the living and the land of the dead.
“This is one of the most ambitious projects that the Shoreline Drama Department has ever undertaken. Building off of the buzz that has been steadily growing around the Shoreline theater community, the time seemed right to harness the enthusiasm of the production staff and a new group of eager and talented actors to take on a daring project like this,” says director Jesse Ross.
The scale and scope of this production are extraordinary, not just for Shoreline Community College, but for any non-profit theater organization in the region. Set construction began last summer and the production as a whole has relied on the contributions of more than 40 students, faculty, and staff members. This is truly and ensemble effort that showcases the diverse talents of Shoreline’s artistic community.
The cast have several years of acting experience under their belts. Braden King performed in 7 Keys, Urinetown, and Dancing at Lughnasa at Shorewood High School; Cait Stark performed in Anybody for Tea? at Roosevelt High School; Amy Lamkin was in the Bothell High productions of Boyfriend and Joseph; and Joe Westling performed in Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Alice in Wonderland at Ballard High. Elisabeth Olmstead, who plays Eurydice, performed in Enemy of the People, St. Joan, and Napili Milionoria at Cedar Park Christian, where she also was stage manager for the production of Godspell. Peter Gregory performed in Rumplestiltzken at the Home Education Exchange. This is a first stage performance for Shorecrest High School graduate, Elias Demisse, who plays the main character, Orpheus in the Shoreline production.
Ross says that theater manager and set designer John Nold has created sets beyond anything he would have expected.
“The production provides ground-breaking special effects, which include a working roller coaster, a chorus of stones and a river of forgetfulness,” said Ross. “The actors actually ride the roller coaster from the land of the living to the land of the dead.” The audience will also be drawn in by the game booths, dunk tanks and 30 foot platforms that capture the uniqueness of the production.
The play will be performed on the main stage in the college’s theater.
General admission is $8, $6 for seniors, students and Shoreline Community College faculty and staff, and $4 for SCC students and children. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Donna Myers, Jesse Ross, SCC