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High School Theater Program Presents antigone/CAESAR

antigone/CAESAR Cast and Crew

TASIS The American School in Switzerland’s High School Theater Program presented the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR in the Palmer Center on the evenings of November 16–17 and on the afternoon of November 18. Congratulations to Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, and the entire cast and crew (which also included a few faculty members and Elementary and Middle School students) for an excellent run!

The Friday evening premiere was filmed and can be watched in its entirety below.

Read this insightful article by Bryan Soh ’18 to learn more about the backstory of this year’s fall play, and continue reading below to learn about the many students and faculty members who worked so hard to bring the story to life.

Scene from antigone CAESAR


(Intro and Outro) 
Storyteller Ms. Anna Kavalauskas
Pandora Iris Kaymak
Troubles/Hope Josip Biondic

Julius Caesar Tamara Ilic
Mark Antony Ben Carlson-Peters
Brutus Ethan Fredericksen
Cassius Josip Biondic
Casca Ella Abisi
Decius Brutus Francis L. Accilien
Metellus Cimber Francisco Suarez Gallo
Cinna Ryan Meng
Trebonius Sarah Sofya Rappoport
Calpurnia Larissa Mendes
Portia Anna Collingwood
Soothsayer Ms. Claire Thomas
Artemidorus Ms. Anna Kavalauskas
Cinna The Poet Laura Kockara
Lucius Arya Kelley
Senator Popilus
Laura Kockara
4 Plebeians Anna Collingwood, Larissa Mendes, Sarah Sofya Rappoport, & Francisco Suarez Gallo
Octavius Caesar
Pedro Cardoso Dias
Lepidus Ryan Meng
Messala Francisco Suarez Gallo
Soldiers Francis L. Accilien & Laura Kockara

Choragos Francis L. Accilien & Anna Collingwood
Chorus The Company
Antigone Laura Kockara
Ismene Ella Abisi
Creon Ryan Meng
Sentry Sarah Sofya Rappoport
Haemon Ethan Fredericksen
Tiresius Ms. Claire Thomas
Boy Arya Kelley
Eurydice Tamara Ilic
Children Emilie Blank, Eloise Cullen Hill, & Anthony Nikoloff

Production Team

Director Ms. Valerie Bijur Carlson
Assistant Director Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith 
Fight Choreographer Mr. Michael Jerome Johnson, Society of American Fight Directors
Stage Managers Graham Hogan, Joy Mack, & Zawadiyah Tolliver 
Scene Shop Manager Mr. Thomas Joyce
Scenic Design  Alessandro Carlesimo, Iris Kaymak, Gabriel Khachatourian, Zayeem Rahman, Anna Sautkina, Francisco Suarez Gallo, Ms. Carlson, & Mr. Joyce 
Properties Design  Anna Collingwood & Francisco Suarez Gallo
Statuary Mr. Mark Aeschliman
Scene & Props Shop Alessandro Carlesimo, Anna Collingwood, Pedro Cardoso Dias, Lukas Heuchert de Camargo, Iris Kaymak, Gabriel Khachatourian, Trinity Mack, Zayeem Rahman, Anna Sautkina, Francisco Suarez Gallo, & Caterina Volpi
Costume Design  Ms. Ingrid Proos & Ms. Carlson
Wardrobe Mistress & Stitcher Ms. Sioux Whenray-Hughes
Costume Shop & Crew Maja Pszczola, Aelita Kockar, Ms. Luisella Govoni, & Ms. Oksana Rezzonico
Hair & Makeup Design Larissa Mendes & Hanna Osgood
Hair & Makeup Crew  Larissa Mendes, Hanna Osgood, & Dr. Hawa Ghaus-Kelley
Sound Design  Samantha Walker 
Lighting Design Mikolaj Cyganek & Pedro Santiago
Script Advisor  Mr. Matthew Friday
Oppression/Resistance Video  Trinity Mack & Samantha Walker
Walk-in Music Mr. David Peters
Poster/Program Art & Lobby Display  Nensi Hasanbelli
Headshot Photographers  Julia Mochalnikova & Mr. Frank Long
Company Photographer Ms. Kim Nelson
Program Editors Ms. Carlson & Mr. Jacopo Riva
Videography Mr. Mark Chevalier

About the Company

Underclass and faculty members of the cast and crew hail from Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, England, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. They represent the Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2024, & 2026. The company wishes to recognize the veterans in the cast with the following senior and Postgraduate biographies:

FRANCIS L. ACCILIEN ’19 (USA) is glad to have another opportunity to be part of the beautifully raw process of building a play. One thing he takes away from this experience is the commitment it takes to do this work. From Kiss Me, Kate to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the last weeks ’til performance may feel unruly, but there always remains the feeling of “we.”

ETHAN FREDERICKSEN PG’19 (USA) is excited for his last dramatic production at TASIS. As a dedicated actor for the last three years, he will miss the Palmer Center stage when he leaves for university next year. Ethan is pursuing theater beyond TASIS, though, as he is applying and auditioning for courses at well-reputed performing arts universities across the UK. He hopes to make this last fall play a good one.

TAMARA ILIC ’19 (Serbia) is really excited about this play, as she has never been onstage. She worked backstage (in set design and running crew) once before, for last fall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and that is all. She’s glad she joined this year’s cast because it is a rare opportunity for her to do this: be an actor. Tamara wants to give a huge thank you to her roommate, who tolerated her and all the times she would rehearse her lines aloud in their room.

SAMANTHA WALKER ’19 (USA/Japan) is excited to participate in the world of tech in her first TASIS theater production. Her previous experiences include mostly sound and stage management, with a side interest in everything else. She’d like to thank everyone else involved in the play, as well as all of the friends who have supported the company.

Director's Note

Antigone, by Sophocles, and Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare, are two of Western Civilization’s most famous tragedies and are used throughout the TASIS curriculum. Their themes of leadership, tyranny, and individual resistance still resonate powerfully with us today. Goodness, wisdom, and honor vie with pride, arrogance, and rhetoric through characters in conflict with themselves and each other. We invite you to come engage your mind and heart through the power of theater this November.

Special Thanks

Ms. Carlson and the TASIS Theater Company would like to offer special recognition to the following people:

Martyn Dukes, Simone Aeschliman, and David Peters; Mark Aeschliman and Luisella Govoni; Todd Bearden, Pietro Bassi, and Natalie Philpot; the Monticello Dorm Team and the fall sports coaches; Roberto Colombo, Michele Dinelli, and the TASIS Facilities Department; Gunther and Lorenzo at Electric Claudio Merlo; the TASIS Communications & Website staff; The 2018-19 Drama 1 class; Chris Nikoloff, Mark Abisi, and the Deans’ Office; Lynn Fleming Aeschliman and the Board of Directors; and the families, friends, advisors, and dorm parents of the cast and crew.

antigone/CAESAR Photo Galleries

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