Senior theater major Jordan Wycoff directed “Eternity” as her senior thesis project.
The final performance was held on Oct. 24 in the Cabaret with a full house. The rock and roll ballad featured a number of students from the University.
The dark feel of the play is attributed to alternative artists like Blaqk Audio and Marilyn Manson, chosen by Wycoff.
Wycoff has found theater to be a medium between juggling her school life and sorority involvement.
“I’d like to thank my amazing Sigma Kappa sisters for being my family for the last three years,” said Wycoff.
“And lastly, thanks to you for coming. I hope you can experience and enjoy the loves of my life as I have,” said Wycoff.
The production was written by Wycoff’s brother, Brian J. Lambert, who focuses on Julia, played by Samantha Cacchione, the damsel in distress.
The protagonist is taken by a coven of vampires whose boyfriend Rick, played by Anthony Lewis, attempts to save her.
“My mentor of the project has always told me to leave a record of what you love in life through your art,” Wycoff said. “He was always saying how the senior project is a culmination of what you’ve done in college.”
“Eternity” began with a dance introduction by Cacchione and Lewis, both on the ULV dance team, where their characters profess their undying love to each other.
Despite the relevance of vampires, Wycoff did not direct the play to “hop on the Twilight bandwagon.”
“I almost decided not to do it because of how popular vampires are. I’ve always been attracted to the supernatural arts,” Wycoff said. “I’ve been drawn to vampires since I was 3 years old, watching the black and white Dracula.”
Julia ends up being seduced by Cervantes, played by sophomore theater major, Daniel Bride, and his accomplice, Helena, played by ULV alumna Donna Noelle Ibale.
Throughout the course of the play Rick attempts to redeem his overtaken lover, with a final battle between him and Cervantes determining Julia’s fate. Despite Cervantes’ defeat, Julia decides to prolong her stay with the vampires, leaving Rick behind.
“This is the story of how I tried to save the woman I loved. Foolish man I was,” ends Rick.
Wycoff received a standing ovation, with family and friends present in support of her accomplishment.
Marla Bahloul can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.