CONESTOGA – Playwrights in ancient Greece composed scripts that have entertained audiences for more than 2,000 years.
Conestoga students are making the past come alive this fall with their version of one of the ancient world’s most recognizable plays.
Members of the CHS drama department are bringing a production of “Medea” to the stage for this year’s one-act competition season. Euripides wrote the Greek tragedy in 431 B.C. and it has been produced for audiences in various countries ever since. Conestoga students are using an adaptation of the play written by Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia for their presentation.
“Medea” is based on the ancient Greek myth of Jason and Medea. The tale focuses on Medea, who is a former princess of the Mediterranean kingdom of Colchis. Medea is angry that her former husband Jason has left her to marry a Greek princess of Corinth named Glauce. Medea feels the only course of action is to punish Jason through a plot that affects many people in Jason’s inner circle.
Conestoga seniors Kiera Mendoza and Dawson Hogue fill the lead roles of Medea and Jason in the play. CHS senior Devyn Jeffries plays Medea’s nurse, who tries to warn Medea of the possible consequences of her actions. Senior David Carlton plays King Aegeus, who is a friend of both Jason and Medea and unwittingly becomes involved in their dilemma. Junior Riley Zimmerman portrays Glauce and sophomore Jaden Epperson and freshman Jasmine Rainey fill the roles of Medea and Jason’s two children.
The cast also includes two groups of choruses. Members of the Greek Chorus try to convince Medea that her hatred will not lead to positive outcomes for anyone. Greek Chorus members include seniors Charlie Erny and Caylin Maier, sophomores Bella Hogue, Kelsi Weilage and Keely Gabehart and freshman Jennifer Sedlacek.
Members of the Savage Chorus try to persuade Medea to follow through on her vengeful thoughts against Jason. Senior Kaci Kellerman, juniors Jessica Williams, Alex Lamoureux, Morgan Wurtele and Oren Bush and sophomore Ellie Sachs comprise the Savage Chorus group.
Conestoga seniors Adam Olson and Riley Olson play roles of Corinthian guards in the play. Jessica Schlichtemeier and Michelle Zahn are directors of this year’s CHS production.
Conestoga students will hold a public performance of “Medea” at the high school at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Admission will be $8 for patrons who would like dinner theatre tickets.