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“METAMORPHOSES” MAKES WAVES AT
SLU MARCH 9
HAMMOND -- Lights, water, action.
It’s not your typical cue in the theater, but then again, “Metamorphoses”
at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre is not your
Mary Zimmerman’s award winning
story of Greek gods and heros undergoing powerful and life-altering changes
will make a splash beginning Tuesday, March 9, with a set that includes
a pool created and built by a student crew and music and dramatic arts
faculty member Steve Schepker, Southeastern Theatre director.
The 16-by-20 foot, 17-ton, muli-tiered
pool is at its deepest 32 inches and holds 5,000 gallons of water, all
of which was pumped in through two garden hoses.
“We started this project two
weeks ago, working mostly every day for 12 hours straight. I even spent
my Mardi Gras here so that it was ready for the first day of rehearsals,”
said Schepker, who is also the theatre’s technical director and set and
With the guidance of a local
pool company, Schepker and the students learned how to work all the equipment
Southeastern Theatre had purchased -- the pool lining, cushioning, water
heater, water testing supplies, chlorine, plywood, paint, and sand.
“Let’s just say I’ve learned
more about building and maintaining pools than I thought I’d ever care
to know!” laughed Schepker.
Factoring in a large water container
left the crew to face one more obstacle, safety. Rehearsals require a half
hour mop-up after each, and each lighting test requires twice as much work
for student lighting director Josh Tillotson of Hammond.
“It is a constant moving in and
out of water to get the lighting just right,” said Schepker. “We have to
account for up to eight actors in the water at once, that adds up to an
unusually large amount of hours of lighting preparation.”
Schepker is confident the creation
will stand the test of time, or at least the five nights of “Metamorphoses’”
run. He refers to leaks as “the ‘L’ word,” unspoken around the set and
so far non-existent.
“This pool is not going anywhere.
I first had many restless nights worrying about it, but if it hasn’t given
in by now, it won’t anytime soon,” said Schepker, knocking on the nearest
piece of wood for luck. “I’m confident in my design.
“Some say I have gone overboard
with pounding in 20 pounds of nails into this project, so it looks like
the hardest part will be taking it all down,” he laughed.
“Metamorphoses” will run March
9-13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale at the theater box office,
985-549-2115, in the lobby of D Vickers Hall. Box office hours are 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 6:15 p.m. to curtain time on performance nights.
“Metamorphoses” is a play for
adults. It contains adult scenes, including brief nudity and stories of
love, sex and death. Discretion is advised.
For additional information,”
contact the department of music and dramatic arts, 985-549-2184.