Written by: Hannah Wemitt, Director of Marketing & PR for Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre and Broadway At Iroquois.
Photo: Odysseus (Jon Huffman) receives the gift of the north wind from King Aeolus (Tony Smith).
In the 21st century, is it possible to entertain and engage young audiences in a live theater setting on par with their experience watching TV or at the cinema? Can what they see on stage be as fascinating and mesmerizing as special effects in a $10 million blockbuster movie?
After sitting in on a rehearsal of Stage One's October 2008 production of Homer's The Odyssey with 200 middle and high school students, I think the answer to those questions is "YES."
Stage One's production of The Odyssey, a warrior's tale of Odysseus and his 10-year journey home to Ithaca, takes a look at one of the oldest adventure stories, fashioned in one of the oldest styles of theater. And while it's not 300 (the 2006 multi-million dollar movie depicting the 480 B.C. battle of Sparta) , movies like 300 would not be possible without the ground work of Greek Theater.