River of Beauty: Review for Eurydice

The only word I can think to say is perfect.


Erin Fuller, Staff Writer

Everything about this show is perfection. The emotions the entire cast let float around covered the floor like a thick haze. The fog crept into my mouth and as I inhaled, tears fell down my face. The way the cast made me feel had me wanting to sit and think about what love truly is.

Eurydice, played by Grace Marcontell (12), is a curious, caring character. The way Grace portrayed Eurydice had Grace’s bright personality mixed with a mind of a whimsy child.

Eurydice’s father, played by Landon Lee (12) is a soft, kind-hearted man. Any other person could just be reading and memorizing words on a page, but Landon breathes life into an actual character and executes it beautifully.

Orpheus, played by Spencer Robinson (11), is a passionate, sacrificial man. Spencer completely puts himself into the character and forgets he’s Spencer for a while, which is difficult to do.

Lord of the Underworld, played by Austin Jensen (12), is a creepy, dark man/lord. I’ve never seen him in that kind of character before, and he sent chills down my spine.

Mother Stone, played by Charliz Golbitz (12); Little Stone, Evette Srouji (12); Big Stone, played by Emma Kegerreis (12); and Loud Stone, played by Rachel Long (11) are propaganda-following slaves. Their anger and booming voices made me flinch; their true shining selves ducked into the dark for a bit.

Stones, played by Beth Haman (12), Nathan Shamblin (12), and Mia Correa (11) are more hidden followers of the Lord. Again, I saw nothing of their familiar selves float inside these characters, only darkness and loathing. They executed their characters perfectly; they were like robots.

These extremely talented people made the show. What was going on behind them was what really made me fall in love with the story. The lights and colors all correspond with important moments; red to show evil and deceit, green to show peace and quiet, blue to show coolness and love. The people’s faces were completely changed with each color and spotlight, and there was so much more emphasis on their emotions.

All of this mixed with beautiful, brilliant songs tied together the entire show. Nathan Shamblin (also a Stone) wrote and recorded all of the music; each note going perfectly with every smile, every embrace, every tear. It gave me goosebumps.

Eurydice (ur-id-dih-cee) is not sad, it’s beautiful. The Broomfield Theatre Department and Mrs. Bryner have put together yet another amazing performance. BHS is lucky to have such passionate talent in the theatre.

If you missed Eurydice, Addams Family is about to start rehearsals, and will be performing November 15th, 16th, and 17th!

For those of you who want to relive the story, here’s the plot of Eurydice:

The story begins with two newly weds, Eurydice and Orpheus. Eurydice meets a interesting man after the wedding, and he leads her to his top floor apartment, for he has a letter from her dead father. The interesting man attempts to flirt with Eurydice but causes her to accidently trip and fall down the stairs, where she dies. While traveling to the Underworld, Eurydice is dipped in a river where she forgets everything about her life on Earth. Her father meets her there and makes her a house of string to stay in so she’s comfortable. All the while, Orpheus sends a letter to Eurydice wondering where she is, so Eurydice’s father reads it to her. After hearing Orpheus’ name, Eurydice remembers him and her father, and is desperate to remember more. Eurydice’s father starts teaching Eurydice new words and stories from his childhood. All during this, Orpheus tries many ways to reach Eurydice, until he decides to go down to the gates of the Underworld to find her. The Lord of the Underworld (who is also the interesting man) tells Orpheus to turn back because if Orpheus looks at Eurydice, both of them will die a second death and will forget everything once again. Orpheus takes this warning, but temptation overrides him and he looks at Eurydice, killing him. Eurydice somehow still remembers her father, so she goes to look for him, only to discover he dipped himself in the river to forget everything again. Eurydice, ridden with grief, dips herself right before Orpheus comes back into the Underworld as a dead person, his mind completely erased.