Culpeper cast to star in ‘Antigone’ at Woodberry Forest


Two young actors from Culpeper will star next month in Woodberry Forest School’s antique “Antigone.”

Adapted from Sophocles by Jean Anouilh and translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere, the play will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Walker Fine Arts Center Bowman Gray Theater.

Culpeper students Lillyanna Freitas and Jesse Saunders, class of 2024 from Woodberry Forest School, star in this Athenian tragedy, written around 442 BC. The play deals with the burial of her brother by Antigone in defiance of the law and the tragic repercussions of her act of civil disobedience.

The Woodberry Forest production will take the stage twice more – at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5 and for a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

The theatrical event is free and open to the public.

Arrive early, organizers advise. The house opens 30 minutes before the curtain. Theater goers will want to be there then so they have plenty of time to find parking, get to the theater, and find a seat.

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“There are several other local girls in the cast who have been involved in WFS Dramatics,” said Barbara Wimble, the school’s drama and speech coordinator. “We couldn’t do the shows we do without the support of talented local girls and their parents who drive them to rehearsals.”

Madison County boarding school for boys, Woodberry Forest regularly recruits girls from surrounding communities to participate in its well-produced and entertaining plays open to local audiences.

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