by Maddie Katz
As of last Wednesday, the cast and crew of Metamorphoses got the okay to construct a pool in the auditorium for the fall play.
After much deliberation by school officials, maintenance staff and inspectors, drama students and staff have shared the news that the pool will be filled with water, according to Set Designer Mr. Roy Chambers. He said, “The water acts as a catalyst for the transformation of characters from one to another.”
According to Head Stage Manager Samantha Gruskin, the play is a collection of Ovid’s Greek myths, which centers upon the themes of love and transformation. The dramatization of these stories all take place in the pool, making it a symbolic part of the play.
The pool will be centered in the first 2 rows of the auditorium as well as in the pit, which is roughly 15 feet deep. However, the pool cannot be built on stage due to weight restrictions and safety, according to Chambers.
Said Chambers: “By building the pool on the ground in the center section of the first two rows, all codes and restrictions will be followed. As for the rest of the stage, that will be used for where the gods reside.”
Gruskin indicated that the addition of the pool will enhance the performance.
She said, “This show in so many ways is like nothing we’ve ever done here."
Gruskin added: “Just having water and such a large amount of it as an entity on stage is going to make the technical elements of the show absolutely beautiful. We light the water, the water comes into play with props, we put rafts in the water. It makes everything so much more dynamic.”
Chambers and the set design crew are those undertaking the task of transforming the area in the auditorium into a full-fledged pool.
Said senior set design crew member Hannah MacKenzie: “[The crew is] constructing the pool…with the use of wood and a pool liner and are thrilled to be given this challenge. [We] are excited to have this amazing experience.”
The crew is working to have the pool finished by Nov. 1, according to Chambers. The pool needs to be completed by then so that the cast can have at least 2 weeks to rehearse in water before opening night.
The cast will perform Metamorphoses on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. and on Nov. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.