Have you ever wondered what a real live piece of Greek theatre looks like? Well, you’re in luck! This year, the Upper School play presents Greek Story Theater: The Odyssey and Other Greek Stories. The Montrose Players will perform four threads of classic Greek tales: The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Mark your calendars for 7 PM on February 3rd and 4th.
The first story, The Odyssey, tells the epic story of King Odysseus’ journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. His wife Penelope and his son Telemachus, with the help of the goddess Athena, contend with nasty suitors who have preyed on his wife and estate during Odysseus’ absence. On the way home, he fights the Cyclops, Scylla, Charybdis and the Sirens, stories that unfold in the scene through a creative newscast. In The Odyssey you’ll see some favorite characters, including Telemachus (Erin Golden ‘17), Penelope (Vicki Driscoll ‘19), Odysseus (Abigail Finnerty ‘19), and the Goddess Athena (Olivia Hastie ‘18).
A second scene recounts the story of Oedipus. Oedipus (Alex Rider ‘18 and Becky Gillis ‘19) goes through a long journey containing murder, mistakes and misfortune as he contends with fate. The final scene tells the story of Oedipus’ daughter Antigone (Emily Rose ‘18, Annie Miklus ‘18, and Isabelle Frank ‘19 in different scenes) as she battles King Creon to ensure that her dead brother receives the proper burial rights for a peaceful afterlife. She demonstrates that obedience to the gods supersedes obedience to mere rulers.
Upper School students will be familiar with these Greek classics, but all students will enjoy this modern, comedic retelling. Olivia Hastie ‘18 muses: “It’s fun to see these classic stories come to life in such an entertaining way. Everyone should come and bring their friends, siblings, anyone. This is a really fantastically written script,””
Come join this new spin on classic tales. Bring your friends and family too to see The Odyssey, Oedipus, and Others or Greek Story Theatre!