Jenna Chaffee leads in a modern Antigone

Teen actor, lead in Wild Thyme Players' Antigone

Did you have to learn a lot of lines?

Not as many as for some other plays. It's only an hour long, not bad at all. And I die a couple of scenes before the end.

Was the language hard to deal with, coming from the Greek circa 442 B.C.E.?

This is from a more modern translation. Some of the language is still hard to understand on first reading, but not Shakespeare-hard for most audiences. And it is not convoluted.

What's it been like working with the Silver Stage Players, the acting troupe from the O'Connor Senior Center that's playing the Greek chorus?

A couple of the seniors are playing roles besides the chorus, and it's been really cool interacting with them. The Wild Thyme Players may have been on stage more than some of the seniors, but the seniors just have so much life experience to add to the performance.

What was your first acting role?

I was the randomly added-in musician with Shakespeare on the Square, which they did because I could play the violin but didn't have as much acting background at that time. We were doing MacBeth and Twelfth Night, and I only had one line in each, but I possibly had the most stage time. I played almost the whole time and I composed one piece for the show...

And you were how old?


How old are you now?

16. I'll be 17 in August.

Are you going to keep up with theater?

I hope so, I'll be going to college next year and I'm looking for schools where I can stay involved in theater even if I don't major in it.

Showing at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Feb. 19, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m