An all-student forged of 7 will current the University of Maine College of Doing Arts Division of Theatre and Dance generation of “Terra Nova” by Ted Tally, opening Feb. 11 in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine.

Directed by UMaine theatre teacher Julie Arnold Lisnet, “Terra Nova” is tailored from the journals of Robert Scott’s sick-fated expedition to Antarctica, documenting the wintertime of 1911–12 when Scott and a workforce of 5 Englishmen raced 5 Norwegians to turn into the first to reach the geographic South Pole. 

General public performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11–12 and 17–19, and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20. Tickets are $12 or no cost with a student MaineCard and accessible for buy on the web. To ask for a fair accommodation, get hold of Birdie Sawyer, 207.581.2584 [email protected].

“Terra Nova” is introduced with generous guidance from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund.

“Terra Nova” blends scenes of Scott and his men at various phases of their ordeal, with flashbacks of Scott and his young wife and fateful encounters of his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, whose get together defeat him to the South Pole by 34 days. Refusing the use of sled canine as unsporting, Scott and his crew struggle to drag their major gear throughout a frozen wasteland, only to uncover that Amundsen had crushed them.

To prepare for the physicality of their roles, UMaine forged users collaborated with Paul Mayewski, director of the Local weather Modify Institute. Mayewski, who has made extra than 100 initially ascents into the mountains and traveled countless numbers of kilometers throughout the Antarctic shelf, explored the motivations of an Antarctic explorer, speaking about hypothermia, snow blindness, sleeping ailments, cleanliness and the obstacle of “putting a single foot in entrance of a further in unimaginably severe disorders.” 

Mayewski will host a specific audience chat-again session immediately after the Feb. 13 matinee effectiveness.

“Terra Nova” is a review of British satisfaction and upper-class take care of, but it is in the tragic vacation back, as the customers of the expedition die a single by just one, that the participate in reaches its climax, capturing the bravery of adult men who ought to settle for the bitter awareness that suffering and demise will be the only reward.

Lisnet describes why she was drawn to the story: “A fourth-grade social experiments activity pack on Scott and Amundsen fired my imagination a lot of very long yrs in the past,” she says. “Their tale has haunted me due to the fact. In a location wherever no human is native, Scott and his guys endured hardships, outside of our comprehension, all the while retaining their humanity.” 

Connor Bolduc, a theater and philosophy major from Lewiston who performs the purpose of Norwegian staff leader Roald Amundsen, agrees. “There’s anything so distressing — so terrifying — but also so effective of observing the tragedy of these adult men struggling via the Antarctic and finally not obtaining something out of it. I really don’t know if they would’ve all been forgotten, but what seems evident is that Scott and his adult males can reach a large amount of audiences and support them believe about what it suggests to threat all the things for a thing you want or love,” Bolduc states.

“The perform is so brutally trustworthy, and it leaves the viewers perplexed even though taking them via the ominous journey of Scott and his males,” says Patty Morris, a background big from Attleboro, Massachusetts, who performs Evans, a member of Scott’s bash. “Not only am I telling a story of this man, but telling a story that should to be remembered all through background, and encouraging men and women learn history by means of the medium of theater.”

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