The Search For Persephone 

A Mythological ballet

February 20, 2021 - Bijou Theatre

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Bijou Theatre

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STUDIO ARTS for dancers 

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Munitions Management Group

Garza Law Firm

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Wanda & James Kerschbaum

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Credits & ACKNOWLEDgements

Artistic Director

Lisa Hall McKee

Board of Directors

Cyndy Wills, President 

Ani Albert

Bennett Cox

Becky Duncan

Mimi Featherston

David Hall

Martha Iroff

Diana Van Leuven

Stage Manager

Josh Beach

Assistant Stage Manager

Hallie Garber

Costuming

Mimi Featherston

Props

Kevin Featherston

Rodney Patton

Lighting Designer

Helen Garcia-Alton

Video

Stellar Visions & Sound

Livestream platform

Veeps

Social Media Managers

Darby O’Connor, Micah McKee, Anna Beth Lee

Graphic Design

Robert Felker

Photographer

Patti Googe

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ACT ONE

SCENE 1: MOTHER EARTH

In ancient times, in the earliest of days, the universe was empty and void. Gaea, Mother Earth, formed out of this void. From Gaea sprang the starry heavens, in the shape of the god sky, Uranus.

Father Sky

Choreographers: Laura Burgamy, Lisa Hall McKee

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Uranus: Ruth Ann Bendy

Floating Stars: Anna Cales, Olivia Felker

Stars: Aurora Cruze, Izabella Maestroiani, Morgan Parrish,

Lily Beth Shugart, EmmieRuth Sloan

Mother Earth

Choreographer: Harper Addison (special thanks to Jill Frère)

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Gaea: Darby O’Connor

Titans: Lucy Addicks, Sara Logan Cada, Hailee Chase, Colby-Ann Donohoe, Ella Gibson,

Rachel Hinton, Marlee Jenkins, Lydia Smithey

SCENE 2: THE FIRST MORTAL

Pandora, the first mortal on Earth, was created by the gods as a punishment to mankind. Zeus gave Pandora a box but warned her to never open it. Curious, she opened the box and Horrible things flew out. Quickly she slammed the lid back down. The last thing remaining in the box was Hope, a gift from Zeus to the mortals.

Pandora's Box 

Choreographer: Harper Addison

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Pandora: Emma Miller

Mortals: Mary Virginia Bohner, Rachel Carroll, Pearl Clayman, Megan Metzelder,

Fiona Porter, Mary Lyn Quillin, Olivia Rattell

Horribles: Mary Helen Brabham, Alanie Keith, Molly Meyers, Julie Richards,

Jaynie Stowe, Evans Kirby

Hope: Mary Kate Holladay

SCENE 3: PERSEPHONE

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the mother of all Nature. One day in the Nysian meadow Persephone wandered apart from her friends. Distracted by the sudden blooming of a beautiful Narcissus, the ground beneath her feet opened up and Hades, in his dark chariot, appeared before her. Hades snatched her and took her with him to the Underworld 

to be his wife and queen. Demeter, angry, covered the earth with snow and began her search for her daughter, Persephone.

Nysian Meadow

Choreographer: Lisa Hall McKee

Little Flowers, Asphodels & Caterpillars restaged by Brenna Featherston

Hamadryads & Hunters restaged by Darby O’Connor

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Persephone: Julie E. Cox

Demeter: Marianne Nichols

Artemis: Emery Kirby

Athena: Anna Beth Lee

Aphrodite: Tempe Coker

Calliope: Molly Featherston

Little Flowers: Claire Cheadle, Gabi Maestroiani, Blakeley Smith, Emmy Thomas

Asphodels: Sara Logan Cada, Hailee Chase, Ella Gibson, Marlee Jenkins,

Morgan Parrish, Lily Beth Shugart, EmmieRuth Sloan, Lydia Smithey, Rachel Hinton

Hamadryads: Lucy Addicks, Lilly Carroll, Aurora Cruze, Colby-Ann Donohoe, Olivia Felker, Mary Kate Holladay, Izabella Maestroiani

Stags: Amelia Ainsworth, Sophia Garza, Riley Kerschbaum, Eliza Lindsey,

Lila MacFawn, Natalie Radabaugh

Caterpillars: Amelia Ainsworth, Claire Cheadle, Sophia Garza, Sara Harper, Eliza Lindsay, Lila MacFawn, Gabi Maestroiani, Blakeley Smith, Emmy Thomas

Muses: Pearl Clayman, Elizabeth Hinton, Riley Kerschbaum, Megan Metzelder,

Mary Lyn Quillin, Natalie Radabaugh, Olivia Rattell

Cornucopia: Mary Virginia Bohner, Mary Helen Brabham, Rachel Carroll, Alanie Keith, Molly Meyers, Fiona Porter, Julie Richards, Jaynie Stowe

Hunters: Rachel Hinton, Marlee Jenkins, Evans Kirby, Lydia Smithey

Hamadryad Trio: Lilly Carroll, Olivia Felker, Mary Kate Holladay

The Narcissus: Anna Cales

Little Narcissuses: Sara Harper, Elizabeth Hinton

PERSEPHONE IS TAKEN

The Dark Chariot

Choreographer: Jill Frère - Staged by Darby O’Connor

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Dark Chariot: Ruth Ann Bendy, Sara Logan Cada, Hailee Chase, Ella Gibson,

Morgan Parrish, Lily Beth Shugart, EmmieRuth Sloan

 

• • • 15 MINUTE INTERMISSION • • •

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ACT TWO - The Underworld

Persephone sat at the throne of the Underworld as Hades’ wife and queen. Hecate, in assistance to Demeter, travelled deep into the earth and found Persephone with Hades. Zeus, wanting Demeter to bring life again to upper earth, commanded the divine messenger Hermes to bring Persephone back to her mother. Hades laughed with delight as Persephone was rescued, as he had tricked her into tasting one pomegranate seed before leaving the Underworld. 

This, according to ancient laws, obliged her to return to him.

The Garden of Hesperides

Choreographers

Fates, Souls & Judges, Ascalaphus, Cerberus, Sisyfus, Pomegranates:

Denise Njuguna

Nyx, Chains, Medusa: Lisa Hall McKee

Morphing Throne with Chains: Jill Frère

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Hades: Daniel Chait

Ascalaphus: Lucy Addicks

Fates: Anna Cales, Anna Beth Lee, Emma Miller

Sisyphus: Emery Kirby

Judges: Lilly Carroll, Molly Featherston

Souls:  Mary Virginia Bohner, Mary Helen Brabham, Rachel Carroll, Pearl Clayman,

Alanie Keith, Megan Metzelder, Molly Meyers, Fiona Porter, Mary Lyn Quillin,

Olivia Rattell, Julie Richards, Jaynie Stowe, Evans Kirby

Cerberus: Tempe Coker, Mary Kate Holladay, Marlee Jenkins

The Nyx: Olivia Felker

Chains: Amelia Ainsworth, Claire Cheadle, Sophia Garza, Sara Harper, Elizabeth Hinton, Riley Kerschbaum, Eliza Lindsay, Lila MacFawn, Gabi Maestroiani, Natalie Radabaugh, Blakeley Smith, Emmy Thomas

Medusa: Harper Addison

Pomegranates: Ruth Ann Bendy, Tempe Coker, Molly Featherston, Emery Kirby,

Ashlynn Mason, Darby O’Connor

Persephone is Rescued

Choreographer: Lisa Hall McKee

Restaging of Lampades: Brenna Featherston

Restaging of The Phlegethon: Darby O’Connor

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Hecate: Anna Beth Lee

Hecate’s Shadow: Lilly Carroll

Lampades: Sara Logan Cada, Hailee Chase, Ella Gibson, Rachel Hinton, Morgan Parrish,

Lily Beth Shugart, Lydia Smithey

The Phlegethon: Aurora Cruze, Colby-Ann Donohoe, Izabella Maestroiani, EmmieRuth Sloan

Hermes: Brenna Featherston

Zeus's Bolt

Choreographer: Lisa Hall McKee

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Anna Cales, Molly Featherston, Olivia Felker, Mary Kate Holladay, Emery Kirby, Emma Miller

• • • 5 MINUTE PAUSE • • •

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ACT THREE

Demeter was not pleased that Persephone would return to Hades. Zeus proposed a compromise. Persephone would spend two-thirds of the year with her mother, and one-third with her new husband. Everyone agreed-and that is how the seasons were born. Just like a seed, Persephone spends a few months below the earth when Demeter’s grief produces the dark, winter months. However, when Persephone goes back to her mother, Demeter brings back the light and warmth and the earth, sky and sea rejoices.

The Algean Sea

Choreographers

Ocean & Selene: Darby O’Connor

Amphritrite & Nereids, Pearls, Sea Horses: Laura Shields

Dolphins: Jill Frère (restaged by Darby O’Connor)

Sirens: Harper Addison

Crabs: Brenna Featherston

Sea Stars: Lisa Hall McKee & Laura Burgamy

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Selene: Ashlynn Mason

Ocean: Mary Virginia Bohner, Rachel Carroll, Pearl Clayman, Alanie Keith, Megan Metzelder, Molly Myers, Fiona Porter, Mary Lyn Quillin, Julie Richards, Evans Kirby

Amphitrite: Tempe Coker

Nereids: Lucy Addicks, Molly Featherston, Olivia Felker, Mary Kate Holladay,

Emma Miller, Colby-Ann Donohoe

Dolphin Trio: Rachel Hinton, EmmieRuth Sloan, Lydia Smithey

Pearls: Olivia Rattell, Riley Kerschbaum

Sirens: Marlee Jenkins, Sara Logan Cada, Hailee Chase,

Izabella Maestroiani, Lily Beth Shugart

Sea Horses: Amelia Ainsworth, Sarah Harper, Elizabeth Hinton, Lila MacFawn,

Gabi Maestroiani, Natalie Radabaugh, Blakeley Smith

King Crabs: Mary Helen Brabham, Jaynie Stowe

Crabs: Claire Cheadle, Sophia Garza, Eliza Lindsay, Emmy Thomas

Deep Sea Fish: Harper Addison, Darby O’Connor

Sea Stars: Ruth Ann Bendy, Anna Cales, Lilly Carroll, Emery Kirby,

Anna Beth Lee, Ashlynn Mason

Dolphins: Aurora Cruze, Ella Gibson, Rachel Hinton, Morgan Parrish,

EmmieRuth Sloan, Lydia Smithey

Finale

Full Company

Music

ACT ONE

Uranus: Nick Phoenix

Gaea: Jesper Kyd

Pandora’s Box: Kerry Muzzey, Hans Zimmer, Troe Dolman, James Horner

Demeter & Persephone in Garden: Flutes Fantastique

Asphodels Entrance: Stokes, Henze, Stern, Pusch Schmidt & The Meridian String Quartet

Artemis Enters: Flute Force & Nana Simonpoulus

Goddesses: Angels of Venice

Asphodels: Laurel Zucker & Sara Cutler

Caterpillars: Vladimir Horowitz

Persephone Variation: Marielle Nordmann & Jean-Pierre Rampal

Calliope Variation: Francois-Joseph Gossec

Muses: Anonymous 4

Cornucopia: Brandon Fiechter

Narcissus: Jesper Kyd

Chariot: 100Ways

Act One Finale: Gomathi Sree & Vijay Yesudas

 

ACT TWO

Opening, Fates & Morphing Throne: Audiomachine, Kerry Muzzey,

Troel B Folman, Johnny Reinhard

Souls: Moonlight Bliss

Cerberus: Jesper Kyd

Sisyphus: Kerry Muzzey

The Nyx & Chains: Jesper Kyd

Medusa: Jesper Kyd

Pomegranates: Kerry Muzzey

Hecate & Shadow Scene: Johnny Reinhard, Hans Zimmer

Zeus: Jesper Kyd

 

ACT THREE

Selene & Ocean: Brandon Fiechter

Nereids & Amphitrite: Ed Van Fleet

Pearls: Camille Sainte-Saens

Sirens: Sub Pub Music

Sea Horses: Claudie-Anne Mackula-Theriault

Crabs: GRUPU & Percussion Group of UNICAMP

Deep Sea Fish: Don Ricardo Garcia

Sea Stars: Massive Attack

Dolphins: Kelly Andrew

Finale: Thomas Bergersen

 

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