Overbrook Theater Season Opens with Metamorphoses Oct. 18-22

Scene from Metamorphoses at MCC

Leonard Poole as Eros and Elizabeth Cobas as Psyche in MCC's production of Metamorphoses.

Muskegon Community College opens its 2017-18 Overbrook Theater season on Oct. 18-22 with the award-winning play Metamorphoses, based on the myths of Ovid and written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.

A smart modern tale built upon classic myths, Zimmerman’s work taps into selected myths that focus on the power of love to define and transform us, to bring us face to face with our own needs and weaknesses, and to unite us with our truest selves.

Performances on Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-21, begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Oct. 22, matinee starts at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 11, and are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Call (231) 777-0324 or stop by the box office, located in the Overbrook Theater lobby, between noon-4 p.m. or one hour before the show starts.

Metamorphoses is a part of the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival’s (ahfest) theme of “Water.” In the play, water becomes the symbol of transformation for all the characters, who wade and wash and are drowned or reborn in it throughout the play. Zimmerman’s use of a large pool of water on the stage will also be the main visual foundation of MCC’s set design.

The play, which alternates between comedy and tragedy, is a series of short scenes narrated by a rotating cast in ensemble format with the 12 MCC students playing several roles. Cast members are Lexi Andersen, Nathanuel Anguiaro, Lynsie Brandenburg, Robin Carpenter, Cole Halterman, Isaac Hunter, Kendra Irvine, Brandon Lemieux, Elizabeth Lobas, Leonard E. Poole, Joshua Powles, and Madisen Schuppe.

Some of the familiar mythological characters presented are Zeus, Midas, Aphrodite, Eros, Apollo, Orpheus, Eurydice, and Phaeton.

Director Sheila Kulp Wahamaki is supported by Vocal and Movement Director Kirk Carlson, Student Director Sylvia DeBruyn, Set Designer Tom Harryman, Lighting Designer James Allen, Costume Designer Susan Eyler and Hair Designer Bill Abbott.

For more information on ahfest, visit www.ahfest.org  to discover the many events presented during October.