Karen Shilyan, business manager
Students of Theatre Arts Workshop, along with director Annie Terry, are crossing new barriers with the upcoming winter play, “Twisted Myths”. It is composed of original adaptations of popular stories from Greco-Roman mythology. The students crafted each piece from scratch, in conjunction with Terry’s guidance. The adaptations are unique in that they will all include a “twist” of the original myth.
Hoping to encourage creativity, Terry selected “Twisted Myths” and assigned students to produce scripts based on mythology.
“I am very much interested in delving into the entire creative process with the students, so I wanted to do something that would allow them to create a piece from scratch. That means giving them the control of the writing and direction,” Terry said.
Senior Yassi Noubahar describes “Twisted Myths” as different from their typical productions.
“I feel so honored to be a part of this production, because it’s the first kind of unique production Beverly has done in a really long time,” Noubahar said. “I’m so excited for people to see the work we’ve put into it.”
Members were able to select which of the six myths on which they wanted to work. Each piece has a student-director that leads the group in terms of crafting the script and seeing the vision through.
Noubahar, student director of “Narcissus and Echo”, faced challenges during the production process.
“The greatest challenge I’ve encountered in doing “Twisted Myths” was the very beginning, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I received so much support and wisdom from Ms. Terry, and she made this entire process really smooth and a great learning experience,” Noubahar said.
Theatre Arts Workshop will debut the free show, “Twisted Myths”, on Feb. 4 through Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salter Theatre.