"Antigone": NGU Theatre Department does it again

Rebecca Holmes, Staff Writer

Junior, Tanner Dean, acts in his role as Kreon.  Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page.

Junior, Tanner Dean, acts in his role as Kreon.

Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page.

The NGU Theatre Department has done it again. The recent opening of Sophocles’ play “Antigone” at the Billingsley Theater has already created quite a stir. This began on September 27 when the first showing sold out. 

The cast is as follows…

  • King Kreon: Tanner Dean (junior)

  • Antigone: Ashlynn Butrovich (junior)

  • Haimon: Evan Hamlin (senior)

  • Ismene: Marlee Daniel (sophomore)

  • The Guard: Wyatt Duncan (sophomore)

  • The Messenger: DeAndra Watkins (junior)

  • Tieresius: Paden Lipe (junior)

  • Euridike: Ashley Rosa (freshman)

  • 5-Member Chorus: Kassie Scott (senior) , Cheyenne Veach (freshman) , Rachel Gasdia (sophomore) , Taylor Lee (junior) , and Abby Gilbert (sophomore).

 “Antigone” is translated by Anne Carson, video directed by senior, Evan Hamlin, and designed by senior, Tori Goubert. It’s a tragic story of what lengths someone will go to for their family. This play highlights the struggle to balance justice, power and loyalty. 

Junior, Ashlynn Butrovich and sophomore, Marlee Daniel intensely perform as Antigone and Ismene.  Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page

Junior, Ashlynn Butrovich and sophomore, Marlee Daniel intensely perform as Antigone and Ismene.

Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page

Ashlynn Butrovich, Antigone, asserts, “In my opinion, the message of “Antigone” would be to stand up for what you believe in and fight for what you love, even when someone tells you you are going to lose. In the end it’s not about losing or winning, but instead being true to yourself and being real about what you value most.”

Antigone is a girl who, more than anything, wants to give her brother, Polyniekes, a proper burial. The king, Kreon, tries to prevent her from burying her brother by declaring it unlawful. On top of everything, Antigone is also betrothed to King Kreon’s son Haimon. To what length is Antigone willing to go? Will she bury her brother even though it’s against the law? How will it work out with Haimon?

Ashlynn Butrovich (junior) glares fiercely into the audience as Antigone.  Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page

Ashlynn Butrovich (junior) glares fiercely into the audience as Antigone.

Picture courtesy of NGU Theatre Facebook page

Sophomore, Isaac Stargel confirms, “Antigone in particular was a fun play to go to. The acting was done extremely well. It was also a different style of play than I have ever been to, and I really enjoyed that. Finally, I thought it was cool to see the way they integrated the film aspect of it with the onstage acting.”

If the story sounds intriguing, check out “Antigone” this weekend. It will be showing at the Billingsley Theater from Thursday October 4th through Saturday October 6th. Student tickets will be made available starting on Monday October 1st.

Video Director, Evan Hamlin, urges us, “Come see “Antigone” for the sake of the Theatre, for the sake of experiencing art! It’s an amazing show, we have a wonderful cast, and it’s the first show of the year!” 

Theatre professor, Dr. Savage, states, “If the people who see this show leave crying because someone died we have failed them, but if they leave wanting to better themselves and be better than when they came in that is our ultimate goal.”

To learn more about “Antigone” as well as the other upcoming shows click here.