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Welcome to the first show of our Season of Myths and Legends! We are so honored that you’ve chosen to join us this season as we explore the power of legendary storytelling through music and poetry. From Greek mythology to the legendary hits of Elvis Presley, these pieces might seem vastly different but at their core both explore how music continues to shape and change the hearts of people across time and space. We are thrilled to be sharing this season with you.

First up is a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

When conceptualizing this beloved story, I knew I wanted to use elements of devised theatre, which is a modern style of theatre studied extensively in the IB Theatre coursework. I was also drawn to the idea of music and how it holds a nostalgic power over us. Songs make us remember and also help us forget. With Orpheus being the greatest symbol of musical genius from the ancient Greek mythologies, I knew this piece required a special otherworldly sound with surprising turns and moments that make you think about the deeper meaning of the songs. The epilogue of this piece was created by my good friend, mentor, and choreographer Denise Eason who expertly juxtaposed the feeling of an ancient Greek Chorus with modern movement and music. As they would have in an ancient Greek Tragedy, the chorus of our play finishes the piece by recapping the events of the story but this time to the song “Talk” by Hozier. 

What is it that makes us continue to tell these ancient stories through the centuries? Myths are retold because there is something in them that speaks to us or helps us to explain life’s mysteries. I’ve envisioned the “citizens” or “stones” of the Underworld as street clowns or buskers who have fashioned their personal looks from a giant jumbled swap meet of all the eras of clothing that people have cast off when they enter the Underworld. These creatures enforce the rules of the Underworld where water and sewage flow from the streets above. Here the music and fashion are not “of a specific time” but rather “out of time” and the characters of the world above are classically imagined from “the era of our grandparents generation” which often conjures feelings of memory. 

This story is a tragedy but despite the sadness of the classical myth, this contemporary adaptation lends a sense of wonder and hope to the deeper themes of death, love, and loss.

As always, we are so proud of the students’ work on this production, but this show had something a little extra special. The students did a lot of the heavy lifting. They spent extensive hours doing research, discussing the myths' history, and analyzing the plays' poetry. Our students have met every challenge along the way and have proven themselves to be true theatre artists. For this production we had a student assistant director, technical director, makeup and hair designers, and the list goes on. To them so much of the credit is due. This piece truly belongs to all of us and I am proud of their creative artistry and the knowledge of the responsibility that comes with it. 

As Sarah Ruhl once said, “Don’t sit in your own room. Find the common room, which is called grace, which is called the theater.” Welcome to the common room. We hope you will dig in your heels and stay. If you enjoy tonight’s show, please encourage your family and friends to join us for our additional performances of this show and for our spring musical, All Shook Up, opening in March.  

-Kristin Butler 

CAST

Eurydice...........................................................................Kate Jones

Her Father.........................................................................Allen Ware

Orpheus......................................................................Toby Silverman

A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord of the Underworld..........Xander Kline

Big Stone.................................................................Dallas Whitehead

Little Stone.....................................................................Maeve Bixler

Loud Stone.......................................................................Lily Phillips

Stone Chorus.............................................................Alexei Khimenko

Cheyenne Sussie Luchembe

Darilyn Finch

Eowyn Wagner

Jeru Hall

Leonardo Sanchez
Maggie Howard
Nessie Resseguier

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KATE JONES

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ALLEN WARE

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TOBY SILVERMAN

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XANDER KLINE

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DALLAS WHITEHEAD

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MAEVE BIXLER

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LILY PHILLIPS

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ALEXEI KHIMENKO

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CHEYENNE SUSSIE LUCHEMBE

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DARILYN FINCH

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EOWYN WAGNER

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JERU HALL

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LEO SANCHEZ

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MAGGIE HOWARD

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NESSIE RESSEGUIER

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director/Sound Designer..................................................Kristin Butler

Movement Director/Choreographer...................................Denise Eason

Stage Manager...............................................................Anna Bigelow

Assistant Stage Manager............................................Delaney Fleming

Apprentice Stage Manager.............................................Clara Thorsen

Technical Director/Scenic Designer......................................Will Butler

Assistant Technical Director..........................................Kendall Murray

Scenic Charge Artist..........................................................Aly Pittman

Scenic Painters...........................................Joey Mendez, Ella Torode 

Set Crew..........................................................Isadora Albert-Adams,

               Sophia Brown, Em Crocker, Amanda Gualda, Isaac

               Miller, Sophia Phoebus, Vivian Sanders, Bowie Smith, Cosette

               Sullenberger, Ireland Sullenberger

Costume Designers..........................................................Sarah Dark, 

               Jessica Eichman, Jennifer Kleine 

Costume Assistant......................................................Rachael Phillips

Costume Crew Chief...........................................................Avery Roth

Apprentice Costume Crew Chief..................................Quinn Merryman

Costume Crew/Dressers.................................................Kyle Brandon,

               Tilly Gershbein, Allison Root

Hair Designer/Crew Chief............................................Farrah Northern

Apprentice Hair Crew Chief..................................Cosette Sullenberger

Makeup Designer/Crew Chief............................................Ava Thorsen

Makeup Crew...........................................Salem Everett, Kingston Eller

Props Mistress...........................................................Amanda Shelton

Props Crew........................................................Isadora Albert-Adams

Lighting Designer..........................................................Richard Davis

Apprentice Light Crew Chief/Board Operator..................Abigail Mammo

Light Crew...................................................................Austin Kruljac,

               Isaac Miller, Aly Pittman, Elizabeth Williams

Assistant Sound Designer....................................................Peter Dark

Sound Editor................................................................Toby Silverman

Sound Cue Operator................................................Elizabeth Williams

Sound Consultant.............................................................Andy Morris

Sound Crew Chief/Board Operator...............................Miontrey Phillips

Apprentice Sound Crew Chief..........................................Atlas Harwell

Sound Crew....................................................................Grey Flowers

House Manager..............................................................Joey Mendez

Assistant House Manager...................................................Sadie Hord

Ushers............................................................................Em Crocker,

               Madisyn Lane, Madeline Mara, Isaac Miller, Bowie Smith

Production Photographer...................................................Kyla O'Neal

Production Videographer...............................................Jonathan Giles

Promotional Materials Designer................................................MA2LA 

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KRISTIN BUTLER

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DENISE EASON

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WILL BUTLER

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KENDALL MURRAY

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ANNA BIGELOW

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DELANEY FLEMING

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CLARA THORSEN

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EM CROCKER

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IRELAND SULLENBERGER

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KYLE BRANDON

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GREY FLOWERS

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ABIGAIL MAMMO

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QUINN MERRYMAN

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COSETTE SULLENBERGER

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ATLAS HARWELL

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ISADORA ALBERT-ADAMS

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SOPHIA BROWN

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SADIE HORD

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JOEY MENDEZ

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AMANDA GUALDA

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AVERY ROTH

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KINGSTON ELLER

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AVA THORSEN

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SALEM EVERETT

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TILLY GERSHBEIN

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AUSTIN KRULJAC

SENIOR REFLECTIONS

Anna Bigelow (Stage Manager)

 

One thing I have learned from the Hillsboro Players is to always strive to be the best you can be. From blowing up beach balls my freshman year to calling cues my junior year, I have always been pushed to do great things. Through this program, I have gained self-confidence and learned that it is okay to fall the first time as long as you get up and do it again. There are endless thank you’s I could say to everyone involved. I am endlessly grateful for the ways you have helped us grow and all the things you have taught us. Thank you for cultivating an environment where I am allowed to take risks and “trust my theater impulse”. Thank you for not allowing me to settle for good enough. This show will always hold a special place in my heart. It is so easy to love a community like this and it is something I will never forget.

Austin Kruljac (Set Crew, Light Crew, Scenic Painter)

 

If I could go back in time, I would join the Hillsboro Players sooner. When I first joined I remember being nervous and not knowing what to expect. So far I am realizing that I had no reason to be fearful. Being involved within the Hillsboro Players has allowed me to learn new things, meet new people, and overall build my experience within theatre. Having the opportunity to even be apart of such a fun project was really an experience itself, then adding all of the amazing people I have met throughout just adds to that experience.I am so grateful for everyone that I have met so far being so welcoming and helpful. The Butlers, cast, and crew have been such amazing people to work with and I have learned so much from the all of them. If you are thinking of joining the Hillsboro Players I highly recommend it, believe me when I say you will not regret it. Thank you to everyone within the cast, crew and overall team for welcoming me into this amazing environment and teaching me new things, also a huge thank you for being so patient with me.

Avery Roth (Costume Crew Chief)

 

One of the first things I remember being taught by Mrs. Butler is that theatre is play. As we grow up, we are taught not to play, and we ease away from that sort of wholesome exploration that playing as a kid had. Entering high school, I had boxed my thinking into what’s cool and what’s cringe and what’s acceptable: I had limited myself in what I could think and do. And I’m so grateful to say that I now come to the theater and I get to play. Theatre has opened my mind to creative thinking and exploration like no other opportunity has. It has been liberating. I’ve been a part of the costume crew throughout high school, and I’ve learned skills and made memories I’ll carry with me into this next chapter of my life. Memories of frantically hemming a skirt or sewing pants onto someone will always be fun to look back at and laugh at, but this new freedom of playing will stay with me. In this show, I want to thank Farrah Northern for being an unfailing absolute powerhouse backstage, and Quinn Merryman for consistently exceeding all expectations and being the best co-chief I could ask for. Much love and admiration to all of the cast and crew! No simple highway!

Kate Jones (Eurydice)

 

Creating theatre throughout my high school career has greatly blessed my life. As a freshman, the community I found in the Hillsboro Players was one of camaraderie, dedication, and love that has helped me to grow in ways I hadn’t even considered. I am forever grateful for this program and how it taught me the beauty of complex humans telling complex stories, in other words, the beauty of theatre. I'd like to thank Mrs. Butler for her mentorship on and off stage. Not only did she indulge my Greek Theatre obsession, but her visionary skills are something that I will always be in awe of. I would also like to thank my fellow cast mates from these shows because they are what made it mean so much. Finally, I would like to thank my family for being an endless support system and for continuing to make my world bigger. Thank you Players, you mean the world to me. 

 

Kendall Murray (Assistant Technical Director)

 

I joined theatre my freshman year for Twelfth Night and from the moment I walked into my first set build I was hooked. I have participated in almost every show since, falling more in love with theatre as time went by. This program has helped me find and develop my passion for technical theatre and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and mentorship I have been given. With the help of our lighting designer Richard, as well as the Butlers, I have been able to keep pushing myself to learn and grow every show and have had wonderful mentors as a guide to do so. I have developed a sense of community and belonging I wasn’t sure I would find in high school and the memories I’ve made during the long late night hours of tech week or during the countless set builds are ones that I will treasure for years to come. Thank you for letting me be a part of this experience and community that has meant the world to me. Forever thankful to be a Hillsboro Player.

 

Lily Phillips (Loud Stone)

 

Ever since seeing their production of Into the Woods in 7th grade, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Hillsboro Players. Through the past four years it has been such an honor to work with this company. Whether it be sewing up the butt on a pair of ripped costume pants, or trying to perfect choreography with my friends during our lunch break, I have made so many memories through it all. As a senior, this community of compassionate and talented people will be a difficult one to let go, but I am so excited for new faces to find their place within it. It has been such a joy to create art with everyone, pushing our limits each day. I am so grateful for Mrs. Butler for teaching me the importance of storytelling, and for giving me the opportunity to help tell these stories. I hope these stories can help inspire a new generation of artists, as it has for me.

Peter Dark (Assistant Sound Designer)

Theatre has defined my time here at Hillsboro. I can say with confidence that where I have pushed myself the greatest is within this program. And as I begin to say goodbye to this time and place in my life, I am given far more freedom and opportunity than I have ever had. The relationships I have always cherished become what defines me. And as school becomes a place of business, my slingshot for future education, I see it as such. I’d like to thank the Butlers for being an ever-flowing source of inspiration as well as safety, and the greatest exemplars of responsible, professional creativity. I’d love to thank my family for making the acorn in which I manifest all of my potential.

 

Leo Sanchez (Stone Chorus)

 

I started doing theatre with Newsies in 8th grade, and when I joined the Hillsboro Players in freshman year, I ushered for both Twelfth Night and Catch Me if You Can. Then I didn’t do Bright Star since I didn’t like the virtual aspect of it. So I don’t really feel like I became truly involved until Junior year. But even with just that year (and this current one) I’ve truly fallen in love with being involved in the production of a show. Meeting so many great people; my fellow actors, tech crew, the rest of those involved, and of course our wonderful and dedicated directors, the Butlers, whom I am forever grateful to have the opportunity of working with. I would not have advanced to the level I am now without having been in the Hillsboro Players. It’s a shame I was only deeply involved for half my high school years. I would have loved to be more a part of Twelfth Night and Catch Me if You Can, and even Bright Star despite its circumstances. I’m super excited for the spring musical and I look forward to any future theatrical prospects in my life’s future.

 

Dock Havey

 

I had an absolute blast being a part of the set crew for Hillsboro’s amazing production of Eurydice. What intrigued me about being a part of the crew is the play’s connection with Greek mythology and the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. My favorite part of being a part of the set crew was sing along to the Tarzan song Son of a Man in the “basement”. Whenever I go and look at the set, I am mesmerized by the play’s huge set. I want to give a special shout out to my parents for helping me with set build for two whole Saturdays in a row. The Butlers help inspire me to act and direct more because of the grand productions they put on at school two times a year. I love being a part of the Hillsboro Players because it gives me a real sense of community.

 

Farrah Northern (Hair Designer/Crew Chief)

I have had the best time the last four years being a part of the Hillsboro Players. With shared tears, joy, and celebrations, I have grown so much through the help of not only the Butlers but my fellow thespians. I learned from Lainey Hunt, who taught me to forgive and handle things with grace. I learned from Anna Bigelow and Amanda Shelton, who taught me that it’s okay to not be okay. I learned from Kate Jones to enjoy the small moments in life. But most importantly, I learned from the one and only Mrs. Butler, who taught me to take on the good and the bad with a steady mind and strong feet, to laugh and dance when you’re stressed, and to allow myself to receive the love that I so graciously give to others. I am forever indebted to everyone who has helped me flourish throughout the years and teach me things I’ve never known before.

 

Joey Mendez (House Manager, Scenic Painter)

I am so lucky to have been a Hillsboro Player for my entire high school career. I saw “Twelfth Night” as a freshman, I rediscovered my passion for theatre, and I signed up for tech for “Catch Me If You Can”. That’s where I made some amazing friends and connected with so many wonderful people. Working with the Butlers has made me realize that I want to do theatre forever. Whether I’m teaching it, directing, acting or on the tech crew, theatre is my home and I am so happy to have realized this. Mrs. and Mr. Butler have inspired me to follow my passions and never to settle, and working with them is an experience I will always remember fondly.

Allen Ware (Eurydice's Father)

 

As I have been in the shows here at Hillsboro, I have felt a place where I can work hard and have fun. I have especially enjoyed hanging out with people that have a similar interest to me. Even though I haven’t done many shows, I still feel like I’ve been part of the community forever. I’m grateful to all the people that support the program in any form that takes. This has been one of my favorite experiences in high school and I won’t ever forget it. For this show specifically I have enjoyed it very much because I had never done a darker show before. I have loved playing the Father and experimenting with that type of role. I have loved working with all my cast-mates both in and out of rehearsal spaces. Thank you all for the incredible experience.

SPECIAL THANKS

Dr. Shuler Pelham and the Hillsboro Faculty and Staff

Hillsboro Players Booster Club

Kyla O'Neal

Anna and Chris Thorsen

Nicole Northern

Maura Lee Albert, Emily Bigelow, Courtney Howard

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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