Students Prepare for Winter Theater Performance

Kat Stein ’18 as Lampito, Sydney Johnson ’17 as Lysistrata, and Paige Andreassi ’18 as Myrrhine in the upcoming winter theater production of Lysistrata. (Photo by Susan Quinn)

Rehearsals for this year’s winter theater productions of Lysistrata and The Frogs, by Aristophanes are underway. Aristophanes is considered the greatest demonstrator of ancient Greek comedy.

The first play, Lysistrata, is an anti-war comedy first staged in 411 BCE. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. The play is a mixture of humor, indecency, gravity, and farce.

The Frogs, is also a comedy. It tells the story of the god Dionysus, who despairing of the current state of Athens tragedians, travels to Hades with his slave Xanthias to bring Euripides back from the dead.

“In choosing to explore farce this year with the students, it seemed natural to select these two plays as examples from the inception of the comedic genre,” said Director Mo West. “In deciding to visually present Lysistrata in the period of ancient Greece and contemporizing The Frogs, my goal was to commit to the truest definition of a classic; judged over time to be of the highest quality; having a universal meaning; an expression of life, truth, and beauty that merits lasting recognition.”

Mo and Associate Director and Vocal Coach, Kevin Davis ’77 direct the performances. Set Designer and Stage Manager Scott Crandall, Costumer Linda Bee and Props Manager David Abers are also working on the production. Student performers are: Lily af Geijerstam-Lindberg ’17*+, Paige Andreassi ’18+, Tucker Ballantyne ’18+, Holdyn Barder ’17*+, Will Bein ’17*+, Angie Bottomley ’19, Julia Carrigan ’20, Ava Doty ’20, Frederick Edwards ’18, Cooper Feiner ’20, Andrew Fellows ’19, Ruiyuan (Sophia) Guo ’18, Charlotte Haigh ’19, Claire Heydacker ’18+, Penzi Hill ’20, Logan Hillegas ’18+, Sydney Johnson ’17*+, Katie Kendrick ’20, Annarose King ’19, Kate Klaver ’18+, Elliot Landor ’18+, Rishi Madnani ’19, Alyssa Malerman ’18, Danny McKay-Simons ’19, Naomi Namboodiripad ’20, Ike Osenberg ’19, Maggie Popkin ’20, Susan Robinson-Cloete ’20, Paul Ruziskey ’17*+, Zachary Sharma ’18+, Oliver Shaw 18’+, Hana Sparks-Woodford ’20, Kat Stein ’18+, William Street ’18+, Brian Vearling ’17*+, Sasha Waintraub ’20, Sidney Walters ’19, Alice Yang ’19, and Nathan Zelesko ’17.*+

Lysistrata and The Frogs come to Walton Center for two performances on February 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.

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* Denotes member of the class of 2017 and + denotes IB Theater student