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‘Terra Nova’ emphasizes the power and drive of the human spirit

On Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the first performance of the play “Terra Nova” took place in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine.

“Terra Nova” is a play that follows Captain Robert Falcon Scott, real-life explorer who attempts to get to the South Pole before his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen. Scott uses his rivalry with the Norwegian to push himself forward and to never stop trying to make it to the South Pole. Scott had unrelenting resolve, even though his rival has the benefit of traveling using sled dogs while his own team drags their heavy equipment on foot. 

This sense of self confidence, purity and heroism is what attracted Julie Lisnet, the director of this theater production, to cast “Terra Nova.”

“It’s about adventure and risking your life,” Lisnet said. “It’s so compelling to me.” 

Scott and his exploration party experience hardships at sub-zero temperatures, toeing the line of safety. Scott’s attitude is infectious, and the men on board this expedition are just as motivated as their captain.

Lisnet’s cast is very passionate about this performance and wants the audience to follow these men on their expedition. That desire is reflected in their performance. They perfectly display the desperation to make it out alive.

“You don’t walk out of the theater horribly depressed,” Lisnet said. “You walk out thinking, ‘Wow, the human spirit really is something amazing.’”

“Terra Nova” has four performances left. From Feb. 17 to 19 it will be performed in the Hauck Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Lisnet recommends wearing a couple of layers, because the actors are in layers like they were exploring the South Pole. Though it won’t be freezing inside, it is wise to bundle up just in case. 

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