Penn State Altoona to present 'Eurydice'

Penn State Altoona’s spring production, "Eurydice," will take place April 4 to 6 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with matinées at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 regular admission. Ages 12 and under are free.

Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the Underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, the classic myth of Orpheus is brilliantly retold through the eyes of its heroine. "Eurydice" is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Instructor in Theatre Arts Bryce Britton is directing. He stated, “Our rendition of Sarah Ruhl’s extraordinary play has ties with the original, as the number of unique characters called Stones has gone from three to nine, making them more reminiscent of the traditional Ancient Greek chorus. Our show also uses elements of ancient Japanese puppet theatre known as Bunraku. The visual aspect of our show will be mostly Steampunk.  Steampunk was inspired by the industrialized Western civilization around the 19th century, and is a mixture of Victorian dressings, heavy steam-powered machines, and factory type cogs. The combination of these elements creates a breathtaking, magical world you will not forget.”

"Eurydice" features a magical set designed by Instructor in Theatre Arts Carlos Ruiz, costumes designed by Julie Piotti and a haunting original score composed by Penn State Altoona junior Taylor Swick. Guest Lighting Designer Scott Olinger joins the crew from Cornell College.

Olinger holds a master of fine arts degree in design from Penn State University and a bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. His work has been seen at Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Juniata College, East Texas Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cornell College, Luther College, and on Iowa City Cable Television and Iowa Public Television. He has served as the scenic and lighting designer for the Jim McDonough Holiday Grande tour for the last three years. He also serves as the special events coordinator for the Conference Committee of United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and was the production designer for 2011's Dan Gable - "This is Your Life."

The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday and before and during all performances. For more information, call 814-949-5452 or visit the website at


Last Updated March 05, 2014