Ripley High School Theater Department will present “Antigone Now” in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m on Nov. 22 and 23. Tickets are $5 at the door. Ripley High’s Thespian Troupe 1791 has been working extremely hard to make this a spectacular night of entertainment for our community. One of these motivated teens is actress Jane Purkey.

Purkey, like the rest of the cast, has been working to make this play great. She plays the title character Antigone, and as being a title character implies, she has a major part.

Purkey is a senior at Ripley High School and is very involved in many community activities. She has been a member of Thespian Troupe 1791 for four years. Purkey has either performed in or worked in eight plays and musicals. She is a part of the Ripley High School Choir and Calvary United Methodist chancel choir. She is also very active in community missions with her church youth group.

Purkey has competed with costume design at the state level Thespian festival, earning superior ratings twice and achieved all superiors at the International Thespian Festival in 2018.

“I hope that this play can touch and reach the hearts and minds of our community,” Purkey said. “I wish that anyone who can, will come to see it and can experience the talent that thrives in one of our amazing arts programs at Ripley.”

“The cast has been working very hard to make this show impactful, and thanks to the Jackson County Board of Education, we have new lights,” Ripley High theatre teacher Christina Iman said. “Between the acting and the visuals we can create now, this show should be a good one to see. I’m very proud of this show and the effort the students have put into it.”

“Antigone Now” is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. and written by Melissa Cooper.