ANTIGONE PROJECT

Incoming 7th-college age students are invited to take part in the 2019, TYA production of Sophocles’ tragic Antigone. Be advised that Antigone deals with PG-13 elements (gun violence, suicide). Students should be of an age and emotionally ready to discuss these topics.

After the success of last years Lord of the Flies, the Civic has selected the Academy & Company to represent the theatre at the 2019 American Association of Civic Theatre’s national competition. Listed below is a full description of required dates that students will need to be available for casting. Our placement at each event will decide if we move to the next round leading to the nationals in June.

The Play

Antigone picks up in the same place that Oedipus at Colonus leaves off. Oedipus has just passed away in Colonus, and Antigone and her sister decide to return to Thebes with the intention of helping their brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, avoid a prophecy that predicts they will kill each other in a battle for the throne of Thebes.

But upon her arrival in Thebes, Antigone learns that both of her brothers are dead. Eteocles has been given a proper burial, but Creon, Antigone's uncle who has inherited the throne, has issued a royal edict banning the burial of Polyneices, who he believes was a traitor. Antigone defies the law, buries her brother, and is caught. Creon locks her and Esmene away in cave in the desert to eventually starve to death.

The blind prophet Teiresias, Creon's son and Antigone's fiancé Haemon, and the Chorus plead with Creon to release her. Creon finally relents, but in an instance of too-late-timing, finds both Antigone and Esmene dead from suicide. Out of despair, Haemon, kills himself and Creon’s wife, upon hearing the news follows the same tragic fate. Thus the tragedy ends and Creon is left in distress and sorrow.

Why This Production?

As artists, it is important to find ways to engage our community through productions that act as a medium for discussion. Through raw emotions and shockingly real situations, artists are able to affect audiences  by breaking through the emotional barriers in order to reach our common humanity.

The Civic has long been a supporter of allowing our youth to tell dynamic stories without diluting the subject matter. Programs such as the Kids4Kids, TYA, and the Academy were developed to cultivate our young-artists to play real characters going through real situations. Once you take the Disney out of the story, you are left with characters that are facing difficult situations that are present in our world today.

Antigone questions many thematic elements that are blasted daily in our modern world. The idea that power leads to corruption, moral law vs. man’s law, and the struggles that women face in a male dominated world are all topics that are regularly discussed in today’s political climate. Sophocles begged to ask the questions in order to warn that absolute power leads to the absolute destruction of a nation. Our students will study current events in order to see the relevance and sympathize with the real emotions that the characters are facing.

The Calendar

AUDITIONS: Sunday, December 9th (2:00-4:00PM)
Location: First United Methodist Church (333 N. Main St. South Bend, IN 46601)

December 27-29, January 3-5, January 8-20
Rehearsals (Rehearsal calendar available at sbct.org/education/education-calendar/)

January 21-23
School Performances & trial workshops
Students will need to be at the theatre from 9-2:30PM each day.

January 25-26
Public Performances @ Battell Community Center

February 17-24
Rehearsal and performance at the ICTA Festival (Terre Haute)

April 6-14 (Dependent on our placement at ICTA)
AACTFest Region III (Kokomo)

June 13-22 (Dependent on our placement at AACT)
Rehearsal and Performances AACT National (Gettysburg, PA)

The Characters

Antigone
Antigone is both the daughter and the sister of Oedipus (since he married his own mother). Antigone’s deeds expand the possibilities of human action, reconceive the role of women in society, and delineate a type of character, one who sets her individual conscience and belief in divine principle above and against the power and authority of the state.

Ismene
Antigone's last surviving sibling, Ismene is the foil for her stronger sister. In comparison to Antigone she is utterly terrified of disobeying men in power. She does not believe that women should ever violate the laws of men, since they are stronger and deserve subservience.

Chorus
The Chorus comments on the action and interacts with Creon, actively interceding with advice.

Creon
The ruler of Thebes in the wake of war, Creon cherishes order and loyalty above all else. He cannot bear to be defied any more than he can bear to watch the laws of the state defied. He does not recognize that other forms of justice exist, and in his pride he condemns Antigone, defies the gods, and brings ruin on himself. As portrayed in Oedipus, the rise of power leads to the decay of Creon’s moral compass.

Sentry
The Sentry brings the news that Polyneices has been buried, and later captures Antigone. His only concern is preserving his life, and he asks basic questions, contrasting with Creon, and Antigone's principles and ethics. He is an example of the ordinary citizen, caught in the middle between state and power.

Haemon
Haemon is the son of Creon and Eurydice and is engaged to be married to Antigone.

Teiresias
Teiresias, or Tiresias, is a blind prophet who warns Creon that the gods do not approve of his treatment of Polyneices' body or the punishment of Antigone.

A Messenger
The Messenger is both the voice of God (Radio D.J.) as well as the young child who accompanies and guides Teiresias on his voyages.

Eurydice
Eurydice is Creon's wife and Haemon's mother. Broken by her son's suicide, she kills herself, calling curses down on Creon for having caused the tragedy.

 

Posted on November 30, -0001