Prometheus Bound Finally Takes the Ayala Stage
By Olivia Mendoza (10)
Over the past two months, Ayala’s Theatre Company has been working tirelessly to prepare for the world premiere of PROMETHEUS BOUND: 2020, which can be seen live on Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm on Facebook.
Under the direction of Theatre Director Michael Nieblas, the play has been adapted from the original Greek tragedy, Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. The plot involves the story of the Titan Prometheus, who advocates for a change in social order and refuses to follow the current ways of ruling. Along with other gods and goddesses, Prometheus and a select few come together to use their talents to further modernize and progress their society.
In light of COVID-19, the Company has been doing everything virtually. In order to ensure the safety of all faculty and students involved, everything from auditions, rehearsals, costume and makeup design, and even filming for the play have all been done via Zoom.
"We've actually enlisted the talents of our own editing team to turn it much more into an independent film, complete with our own score created by our students," said Mr. Nieblas.
Junior Sydney Reyes, who is also Co-President of Drama Club, emphasized, “There definitely has been a shift moving into the online forum...A major part of theatre is getting to be a part of an ensemble, and to feel that bond and connection with your cast."
Reyes speaks for most of the Company about embracing and adapting to the pandemic situation. Reyes said, "Although it’s been different, we’ve been able to maintain that bond! Theatre may not be able to meet in person. However, the passion of the arts lives on, even in the virtual era!”
As the day has finally arrived for the world premiere, students at Ayala cannot be more excited.
Sophomore Mallory Rhodes expressed said, “One of my best friends has the lead role and I’m happy to see her perform. I also know how much work was put into [the performance] and I can’t wait to see the final result. It's going to be amazing.”
Although the play is not available to be seen in person, PROMETHEUS BOUND: 2020 can be found on Ayala High School Theatre’s Facebook Live (@ayalatheatre) and will begin live streaming at 7:00 pm.
Copies of the play will also be available for purchase through Amazon, as the profits will be directly given back to the Theatre. Th event is free, however, donations will gladly be accepted in order to continue the works of all these talented students.