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7 Volume 110, Issue 7

Antigone to redefine UW-O Greek life

After what seemed like eons of hard work, the UW-Oshkosh Theatre Department is prepared to present its production of Antigone, an ancient Greek tragedy written millennia ago by Sophocles. Although, to the cast, it may seem as if it took almost as long to perfect, the play will finally be performed April 23-27 at Fredric March Theatre on the UW-O campus after over a month of practice. The cast and crew’s blood, sweat, and tears won’t go to waste, as their performance aims to attract a large and diverse crowd. “The theatricality of Antigone should interest anyone who enjoys attending theater,” said director Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft. “The use of masks is an unusual offering in this area and the show only lasts slightly over an hour with no intermission.” The show’s succinctness especially appeals to younger audience members used to today’s fast-paced world. Students may also take interest in the storyline of the

play, as many English classes at West have required reading of Oedipus, its prequel.    “I think high school students would enjoy this play. When I was in high school, I read Oedipus and I think it would be really interesting for high school students to see something they are learning about in action,” said UW-O student Sarah Gorski. “The language is heightened, so it may require some extra attention to be paid, but it is quite accessible and the plotline is easy to follow.” Gorski, who portrays protagonist and titular role Antigone, was involved in the drama program at her high school for 3 years, and became more immersed in the world of the stage throughout her academic years.    “When I began college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I always knew I had a special place in my heart for theater,” said Gorski. “As I began talking with colleagues and faculty members in the department, I began to realize the potential for a successful career in theater If you go and decided to declare a theatre major.” What: Antigone, by the UW-Oshkosh Gorski’s enthusiasm Theatre department for all things thespian Where: Frederic March Theater began early on, and her 1020 Algoma Boulevard passion for performance is reflected by many drama When: April 23-26, 7:30 p.m., April 27, club members at West, 2:00 p.m. including sophomore CaPrice: $13 ($4 for UW-O students) mille Zahn.

“I think attending the production would be beneficial to West students, because it’s not typically a show that most people would see,” she said. “Most people go out to see a comedy, or they go to see a movie. It’s something that they can learn a lot from.” Zahn is interested in attending the UW-Oshkosh production, and she is one among many extremely dedicated actors at West, whether through Sock n’ Buskin, the annual musical, or programs outside of school, such as JuBriCoSa Arts Academy. “I’m considering continuing my involvement in theater after high school, because I can’t really see myself doing anything else with my life. It’s something that I really enjoy doing, and I always wanted to do something that I loved to do,” said Zahn. “Theater is what I love to do, so if I can do what makes me happy, I’m set.” For those eager to leap into the limelight and tired of waiting out their high school career in the wings, Gorski advises jumping in as soon as possible.   “Get involved with your high school drama program in any way you can, whether that be helping to build sets, being on the stage crew backstage, performing, or wherever else you find your niche. Start early,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something you’ve never done before, that’s the only way you’ll discover what you really love to do.”

by Laura Zornosa

April 17, 2014

Dynamic duo takes on Half Marathon

Hundreds of laps on the stuffy YMCA track, dozens of early mornings and afterclass meet-ups, a few gallons of chocolate milk, and two tingling feet, all boiled down to one day: April 13. Wearing our matching shirts, my running partner and I lined up among the rest of the pack. Despite the dismal Wisconsin weather (a 70% forecasted chance of rain), we persisted. From the 7 a.m. gunshot until the moment we crossed the finish line, we had only one goal in mind: to survive the race without cramping up, walking, or murdering each other out of sheer boredom. Although watching other participants stumble to the side, unleash their breakfast in a new form and continue on does have its entertainment value, there’s only so much one can take away from another’s suffering. While he countless signs, fear of being trampled, and fact that our families and friends were watching kept us running, a larger part of our determination came from what we had yet to prove to ourselves: running takes guts, and we had them. And boy, did we surpass even our own expectations. Better still, if we could survive five months of mutual sweat, whining, and dysfunctional gastrointestinal systems, our relationship can survive anything short of a zombie apocalypse during which one of us turns into a hungry predator, and the other into a human Happy Meal. Good thing we’ll have the first rule of survival covered: cardio.

by Megan Diermeier


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