As March approaches, the theater program is preparing to present their annual spring play, “The Iliad, the Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less.”
After completing a successful run of the fall musical “My Favorite Year” in October, the drama department is moving forward and tackling a new production.
The play is a comic spoof of all that is classically Greek. It was written by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter as a comedy of mythical proportions in two acts. The production presents all the gods, goddesses, lovers and heroes of Greek mythology, in addition to all of Homer's classic stories of the Iliad and Odyssey.
According to the theatre department, “On a simple stage, with the clock ticking in front of everyone's eyes, the cast speeds through ALL of Greek Mythology. Its funny, updated, and made easy to understand. All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies, and the goofy characters are presented lightning-bolt fast with hysterical results as the clock is stopped with a few seconds to spare.”
The time limit of this play is considered the main challenge for the cast.
“I have never been in a play with a time limit before, and it is a really cool experience. It is a lot of pressure, but I think it will make the play more entertaining and it is a challenge for the actors,” freshman Ruby Lawrence said.
Another challenge for the actors is to differentiate between characters “since there are about 120 characters in the show and only 14 actors,” said Senior Lola McManus.
Nevertheless, the actors are excited to share the comedic aspect of this production to the audience via their performance.
“I'm most excited for the audience to see how fun and funny this show is,” said sophomore Piper Supplee. “The cast has so much fun doing it and I think that translates on stage.”
The actors also enjoyed the laughter they have shared while playing their roles.
“I play Zeus, the King of the Gods and I’m most excited about doing all of the gags that I have as a character,” said Christopher Xue, who was a member of the pit orchestra in past musical productions and played Pache in “Letters to Sala.”
The members of the panther theater will perform “The Iliad, the Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less” on March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the play can be purchased online for $5 for students and $15 for adults. For more information, visit bhspanthertheater.com.