This week, Westfield High School’s Theatre Department will be presenting their production of “Metamorphoses.” Written by American playwright Mary Zimmerman, Metamorphoses debuted on Broadway in 2002 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Drama. The show brings classic myths and legends to life in an entirely new and intriguing way, making it vastly different than anything WHS has attempted before.
What makes this production so very different than any previous show they have attempted? That would be the challenge of creating the 17-by-20-foot pool, built on a multi-level set by a team of students led by a team of students and teachers. That’s right – a POOL. Encircled by a 3-foot wooden deck, the pool will contain approximately 1,500 gallons of water that can be illuminated in various colors by overhead lighting. It highlights the role of water in mythology, as well as the themes of renewal, passion and transformation, integral to the theme of the play. Quite he impressive undertaking, wouldn’t you say? Worth seeing just for that alone!
Westfield High School’s Theatre Department has always been recognized as one of the top high school theater programs in NJ. More than one of their musicals has won the Paper Mill Playhouse’s prestigious “Rising Star” award, and a number of Westfield High School graduates who have participated in the theater program have gone on to attend some of the country’s most selective college theater programs.
Metamorphoses will be presented on the main stage of Westfield High School, located at 550 Dorian Road in Westfield, on Thursday, November 14th at 4:00 PM, Friday, November 15th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, November 16th at 7:30 PM. General admission tickets for Metamorphoses are $10 each, and can be purchased in advance by emailing WHStickets@Westfieldnjk12.org. Any leftover tickets will be available for sale at the door on the night of the shows.