Setting theatre free at Harborfields High School

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During the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5, the high school premiered their fall production of Antigone. Initially, when the 2,500-year-old play was selected, it was met by some skepticism of the students—but was followed by appreciation and understanding of how the ancient classics still resonate in modern culture. 

“The entire cast had the unique opportunity to be a part of a show that, despite its ancient origins, was extremely relevant in today's political environment,” said senior Emma Johnston, who played a board member in Antigone and is co-president of Harborfields Theatre Company.

This year the company wanted to “set theatre free” and offered their performance free of charge, reasoning that if the district’s concerts and sports events do not charge admission, the theatre productions should not either. Part of the aim was to also stress that these performances were not put on to make money, but instead to share the love of performance. Students in the show were excited that many friends attended who may not have in past years.  

 “I’m very impressed with the dedication and work ethic of this cast,” said director and English teacher James Incorvaia, “and the enthusiasm for theater shown by the entire student body and the Harborfields community.”