| Students from the newly formed theatre department at South Panola High School will present their version of the classic play "Antigone" in two performances this week.
The 19-member cast will enact the story in the Batesville Junior High auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 2.
Tickets are $3 and may be purchased in the main high school office during regular school hours, or you may call 662-563-4756 to reserve seats
"Antigone" tells the story of the efforts of a young noblewoman in the ancient Grecian city-state of Thebes to give her brother a proper burial. The play was written by Sophocles about 2,500 years ago, but its themes of loyalty, consequence, and compromise are amazingly applicable to the events of today, SP drama teacher Deanna Dye said.
"We decided to modernize the script to today’s tastes, making it a sort of hip-hop translation of the tale," she explained. "It’s both entertaining and thought provoking."
Cast members include Candice Shegog, Cedric McKinney, Saraka Chapman, Reagan Bailey, Dakevia Hentz, Chelsea Ratcliff, Joey Grant, LeQuisha Scott, Marluntay Brownlee, Ashley Smith, Rosalyn Partee, Candyce Johnson, Trent Marshall, Sade Wallace, Jerika Bledsoe, Tiffany Pritchard, Janaye McKinney, Jessica Wilkins and Dixie Wingler.
"This is our drama class’s first production, and we would really like for everyone to come out and see the show," Dye said. "Ultimately, we would like to have a legitimate theatre department at the high school, which requires the support of both the school and the community."