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UMaine's Unique Use of Water in Metamorphoses Production


ORONO - Theatre students at the University of Maine Orono's School of Performing Arts are gearing up for several performances that are bound to make a splash, literally.

Many scenes in the production of Metamorphoses, like one where Poseidon creates havoc for sailors, involves water. In fact, it's used constantly throughout the show.


"Water is like a character in the play," Marcia Douglas, director of Metamorphoses, says. "It represents a lot of different things at different times. At one point it represents the underworld, where they choose to go down to Hades and they go through the water."


Students rehearsed on a dry surface for roughly a month. That was when the pool-like set filled with 8,500 gallons of water was brought in to rehearse with. Actors say this was the most challenging aspect to get accustomed to.


"It changed the dynamic of the show completely," Jose-Luis Lopez, role of Midas and sound designer, explains. "We had to get accustomed to walking in the water, and doing action scenes, where before we were pretty much just miming during dry rehearsals."


The production is based on the Greek myths of Ovid, which tell stories about the power of love that may or may not change us.


"King Midas has a love for gold, which ends up causing problems. It shows how love can be good or bad," Lopez explains. "It's a really interesting and hopeful piece," Douglas adds.


This unique production and the amount of creativity that has gone into it, is just another example of UMaine's strive to be one of the best.


"It's a unique challenging show that I think people will come just to see what we've done," Joe Donovan, Technical Director and Production Manager, says. "It's a show that all of us can be proud of."


Opening night is Friday, November 15 at 7:30 at the Hauck Auditorium on campus.


Tickets are $10, free with a student MaineCard. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door one hour before the show.


Additional performances are November 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30, and November 17 & 24 at 2:00.

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