Classic lit with a modern twist

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    Hopkinton High School drama students rehearse scenes from "Metamorphoses" on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. —Courtesy of Casey Lewis

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    Hopkinton High School drama students rehearse scenes from "Metamorphoses" on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. —Courtesy of Casey Lewis

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    Hopkinton High School drama students rehearse scenes from "Metamorphoses" on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. —Courtesy of Kathy Donohoe

Monitor staff
Published: 5/3/2017 4:53:29 PM

Hopkinton High School students will tell a series of Greek myths in two shows this weekend.

Nine interwoven vignettes make up Metamorphoses, which is based on epic poems by Ovid and was written by Mary Zimmerman. In 2002, it ran on Broadway.

Some of the stories will be familiar to most people, such as the myths of King Mida, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Narcissus. Others are lesser known, like the love stories of Pomona and Vertumnus and Eros and Psyche.

Students play some five to six roles each in the shows as people, animals, even illustrative concepts, said Director Kevin Gardner.

Gardner explained that he selected Metamorphoses because it evenly distributed the roles and gave an equal shot to the students. There are no leading roles.

The play is in poetry, but it is pretty conversational and accessible, Gardner said. There is one song, but the show is not a musical.

Metamorphoses is a nice exposure of classical Western culture, he said. The play also illustrates the complicated relationship ancient Greeks had with their gods.

“Those stories are foundational to a lot that’s been written,” Gardner said.

Though the myths were originally composed hundreds of years ago, the play melds ancient Greek culture and dress with more contemporary settings and costume pieces.

It has irony and fun to it, Gardner said.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase in advance, call Nancy Skarmeas at 496-5888.

Some parts of the show contain adult themes including strong language and sexual content; it is not recommended for children.




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