Muskegon Community College will dive into its new theatre season with “Metamorphoses,” a play based on the myths of Ovid, and featuring a large pool of water on stage.
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, “Metamorphoses” will run Oct. 18-22 in Overbrook Theater on the MCC campus.
“Metamorphoses” is a modern tale built upon classic myths. Zimmerman selected myths that focus on the power of love to define and transform people, to bring people face to face with their needs and weaknesses, and to unite people with their truest selves.
Water becomes the symbol of transformation for the characters as they wade and wash, are drowned or reborn.
Alternating between comedy and tragedy, “Metamorphoses” is a series of short scenes narrated by a rotating cast, with 12 MCC students playing several roles.
Cast members are Lexi Andersen, Nathanuel Anguiaro, Lynsie Brandenburg, Robin Carpenter, Cole Halterman, Isaac Hunter, Kendra Irvine, Brandon Lemieux, Elizabeth Lobas, Leonard E. Poole, Joshua Powles, and Madisen Schuppe.
Some of the familiar mythological characters in “Metamorphoses” are Zeus, Midas, Aphrodite, Eros, Apollo, Orpheus, Eurydice, and Phaeton.
MCC’s production is being directed by Sheila Kulp Wahamaki. Kirk Carlson is vocal and movement director, Sylvia DeBruyn is student director, Tom Harryman is set designer, James Allen is lighting designer, Susan Eyler is costume designer, and Bill Abbott is hair designer.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-21 and 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets go on sale Oct. 11. They are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For reservations, call (231) 777-0324 or stop by the box office which is located in the Overbrook Theater lobby. The box office is open noon to 4 p.m. and one hour before curtain.
“Metamorphoses” is a part of the Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival (AhFest), the theme of which this year is Water. MCC is encouraging people to visit the festival website, www.ahfest.org.