Lee University theatre department sets their stage with sand in 'The Odyssey'
The Lee University theatre department has literally filled their stage with sand to depict their latest production "The Odyssey," beginning Feb. 12.
The adaptation of the classic Greek epic tells the story of the incredible journey of the Greek hero, Odysseus, who has been absent from his kingdom for 10 years, while facing obstacles during his quest to return home to his wife and son.
This year's production will take place on something brand new to Lee's theatre department ' six tons of sand.
Referred to by Director Dan Buck as 'the sand pit,' the stage is set up to resemble a giant sandbox.
Cast members and volunteers helped construct the stage area by hauling buckets of sand into the theatre for several hours.
Ant Sandefer, a sophomore playing the character Proteus, said the sand provided a unique challenge when it came to learning the choreographed dance and fight scenes, but he knows he's grown tremendously as an actor throughout the process.
'The thing I have most enjoyed so far has been the giant sandbox ' it's like going to the beach every night,' Sanderfer said.
Despite only having between five and six weeks of rehearsal time, and a new stage medium to work with, all 25 cast members have thrived during rehearsals and are diligently preparing for a successful opening night.
'We have an incredible cast this year,' Buck said. 'They're dedicated and extremely hard working.'
Located in Lee's black box theatre in the Communication Arts Building, the play opens on Feb. 12, continuing through the 13, 18, 19 and 20. All show times are at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available beginning Feb. 1 in the box office located in the lobby of the Communication Arts Building.