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Colby Salmon, foreground, is Midas and Urias Davis is Poseidon in Sacramento State’s production of Metamorphoses, March 11-21.
Colby Salmon, foreground, is Midas and Urias Davis is Poseidon in Sacramento State’s production of Metamorphoses, March 11-21.
Large puppets, 30 actors, music, and dance combine at Sacramento State’s University Theatre to present Metamorphoses, a story of Greek gods and how life changes us, sometimes in unexpected ways.

Performances are at 8 p.m., March 11-13 and 19-20; 2 p.m., March 14 and 21; and 6:30 p.m. March 17-18.

Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from Ovid’s classic work, Metamorphoses encompasses many of the popular Greek myths. Sac State’s staging is directed by Professor Richard Bay, the University’s long-time set designer and puppeteer. The play also features new music by Christopher Cook.

“The production combines all the elements of theater to create a luscious visual and storytelling treat,” says Bay.

Sean Nill plays three roles; Apollo, Hermes, and he’s co-operator of a life-size puppet that portrays the drunken Silenus.

Working with the puppet has been one of the more challenging aspects of the play for Nill. He operates the head, one of the hands and provides the voice while a co-actor operates the body and other hand. “It’s difficult but it’s fun,” Nill says. “You have to get rid of your own physicality and give it to the puppet.”

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances are $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12 years of age. All other performances are $12 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and Sac State employees, and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278- 4323 or http://www.tickets.com/.

For more information, call (916) 278-3569 or visit www.csus.edu/dram. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.






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