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The Women of Greece performance at Dordt

April 21, 2008

Women of Greece

A Dordt College theater performance, “The Women of Greece,” will be presented at the college’s New World Theatre April 24, 25, and 26, opening each night at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Melissa Schans (Denver, Colo.) both directs and performs in the four Greek scenes from Antigone, Lysistrata, Iphigenia in Aulis, and Medea. Also performing are Danielle Roos, Sioux Center; Jesse Lee Walhof, Le Mars; Dan Fynaardt and Joel Schiebout, Pella; and Lisa Veurink, Harrisburg, S.D.

“I compiled the scenes and adapted them from ancient Greek theatre,” said Schans. “The four scenes portray different strengths that women have which are normally overlooked. Most people look at the strengths that men have in their bodies, but the strengths that these women show are in respect to family, to the gods, their sexuality, and in their cleverness.

Costuming for the show is exceptional, with custom sewn garments originally created for the show, “The Greeks: The Murders” by Sue Blom, Dordt’s costume shop supervisor. Blom was presented a meritorious achievement award that year in the Region 5 American College Theatre Festival.

Though Schans has toned down some aspects of the original scripts, this play is for mature audiences only due to violence, language, and sexual references.

Admission is $1 at the door, with limited seating available in this theater located by the south entrance of the Classroom Building, adjacent to Fourth Avenue NE.

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