On Tuesday night, Beatrice High School’s production of “Antigone Now” will be performed for the first time in front of a hometown audience.
After competing in Pawnee and Elkhorn, and a week before competing in Gretna, “Antigone Now” will show for one night only at 7 p.m. in the Hevelone Center at BHS. The play is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek tragedy, and features a cast and crew of Beatrice High School students.
Based on “Antigone,” written by Sophocles in the fourth century B.C., “Antigone Now” is the story of a sister who defies the rules in an attempt to bury her brother whose body remains on the battlefield where he fell.
Although the original Greek tragedy doesn’t have a happy ending, the modern, BHS version of the story does.
After spending the last school year being bounced back and forth between substitute teachers after the sudden departure of their instructor, students did their best to mount a show.
“We had a substitute for like a week at a time and then we would change to someone else for a week,” said Molly Hurley, a BHS senior who plays Antigone. “It got chaotic.”
Substitutes would come and go, leaving students in the lurch. Rehearsals were few and far between, and for some time, the play looked like it might not happen.
Retired BHS drama teacher Kathleen Hubka stepped in to help the class get their show up and running, but the drama department needed a permanent solution.
This fall, Beatrice Public Schools hired a new drama and English teacher, Emily Brumond, who is directing “Antigone Now.”
Now, things are running smoothly, said Olivia Matlock, a sophomore who plays Creon.
“She's been really dedicated to everything, too,” Matlock said of Brumond. “Always helping out and showing us how to perform our lines better.”
At the Pawnee competition, three actresses from “Antigone Now” took home outstanding actress awards, including Rachel Riesen, Matlock and Hurley.
The students are hoping to stage the show in Beatrice again after the district competition in Gretna next Saturday.
“The kids have worked so hard to put this show on,” Brumond said. “Memorizing lines, working with costumes, makeup, set, a lot of work has gone into this show and it's been a lot the kids putting it together and really stepping up and helping out.”
Tickets will cost $5 for adults or $3 for students and are available at the door on Nov. 28.