Canyon Crest Academy student Emily Laliotis composes 10 original songs for Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’

Emily Laliotis

Canyon Crest Academy junior Emily Laliotis is inspired to write music.

CCA Theater’s “Eurydice” is opening on March 28 at CCA’s Black Box Theater. “Eurydice” is the myth of Orpheus & Eurydice spun into contemporary times. In addition to writing the music, Laliotis is both

the music director and accompanist for the show.

“Besides my guitar, the actors and I mostly use our voices as the instruments to create rich sound-scapes out of seemingly simple patterns. The only other key instrument is a rain stick, which ties in to one of the key images in the show. All of the music and sound effects will be done live.”

Laliotis credits teachers for inspiring her to tackle the monumental task

of composing a musical score. “Stacey Hardcastle, my (CCA) sophomore English Honors teacher, not only rekindled my love of learning but also

gave me the courage to perform original songs in front of other people.

She touched me deeply, and I will never be able to thank her enough.

My music teacher, Jania Isaac, has helped me in honing my skills as a songwriter and an artist. Before I began working with her, there was no way that I could have taken on this challenge.”

Inspired by their own teachers, Laliotis and the cast of “Eurydice” invite local teachers to bring their students to the show. Sadie Kennedy, CCA senior playing the title role of Eurydice, says the entire cast has sent letters to local 6th grade teachers inviting them to the play. Says Kennedy, “‘Eurydice’ is an adaption of mythology to everyday life, which we all studied in 6th grade. This play would be very relevant to 6th graders and great way to wrap up the year.”

In fact, the show perfectly meshes with California’s sixth grade social studies curriculum goal to “explain the significance of Greek mythology...and how Greek literature continues to permeate our literature and language today.”

CCA drama teacher and the show’s director, Tarla Hill, extends an invitation to teachers to bring their classes to a special afternoon showing, and offers to visit classrooms to introduce them to the play.

“Our mission is to expand the learning experience to all students, and we are happy to facilitate that experience in any way we can. We are happy to visit classrooms, provide cast talk-backs and extend discounts to student groups.”

Musically, Laliotis draws creatively from many.

“My musical inspiration spans across a broad spectrum, from Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Anaïs Mitchell to Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the Goat Rodeo Sessions. I take inspiration from anyone who has been able to capture the soul and love in music.”

As for Laliotis’ favorite piece, she says, “While I love all of the layers that happen in the music of this show, I am a sucker for a simple song. For that reason, ‘I’ll Follow You’ is probably my favorite song in the show. It is a love song that Orpheus sings to Eurydice in the very first scene of the show, and it demonstrates the instant, simple, and unbreakable connection that these characters experience.”

The community is invited to attend. The shows take place at the Canyon Crest Black Box Theatre at 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego.

Show times are at 7 p.m. on March 28-29 and April 5-6, with a special student show at 4 p.m. on April 4.

Tickets are available online at

Prices are $8 for students and $15 for adults.

Group and special events ticket packages are available.

Call 858-350-0253 ext. 4005 to inquire about special rates.

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