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A Witty Look at the Classics

2/9/2017
In a modern twist, the Upper School Players merged classical Greek theater with laugh-out-loud humor in their production of The Odyssey, Oedipus and Others OR Greek Story Theatre.

The play brought four classic plays to life: The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Featuring a rotating cast, minimal sets and a large Greek chorus in modern dress, the play entertained enthusiastic audiences for two evening shows. The Upper School Players’ lively presentation of the well-known tales included songs, raps and cheerleading.

Meagan Flynn ‘19, contributing writer to The Looking Glass, explained:

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) 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.”

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