Friday, March 6, 2015

Farmington Town Players Celebrate 30th Anniversary by performing all Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or less

The Farmington Town Players, 2015 cast
by Elizabeth Van Gelder
It's 2015, and the Farmington Town Players are ringing in the New Year with some new faces, a great new attitude and rehearsals for a hilarious new play!
The Farmington Town Players is a group of local theater lovers, who have been volunteering and performing in Farmington since 1985. The group is comprised of some local veteran members, who have been involved in the production, direction, and performance of a variety of stage plays. The extensive list of performances over the last three decades reveals a staggering variety, including classics like: Your a Good Man Charlie Brown (1986), Our Town (1998, done in homage to Farmington's bicentennial) and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (2009), as well as holiday staples such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1996), The Gift of the Magi & Dicken's A Christmas Carol (2002 & 2003, respectively). And while the group has also presented a handful of melodramas and murder mysteries, we certainly cannot forget the Player's overwhelming sense of humor and historical success, in comedic shows such as I Want My Mummy (1999), Men Are Dogs (2005), and Happily Ever, Once Upon (2007).
As we celebrate the Farmington Town Player's 30th anniversary, the group is proud to welcome multiple new members into our thespian family, and excited that rehearsals have begun on our newest endeavor; a hands-down hilarious comedy titled "The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes or Less"!
Debbi Van Gelder talks to the cast in preparation for a scene.
Join the Farmington Town Players as they (quickly) present you with the mythology of Zeus, Hera, Hermes & all of the epic Greek Gods. Watch as they rush to beat the clock, introducing the Gods as they walk the red carpet, slap fight through battles and loosely, but humorously, translate the stories of Pandora, Helen of Troy and Odysseus, all while each actor plays multiple roles. There is never a dull moment!

The show is scheduled to hit the stage Friday April 10th & Saturday April 11th, at 7:00pm. Price of admission is undetermined at this time. Keep your eyes open for updates in the Puddledock Press, on The Farmington Town Players public Facebook page and on the Farmington News Facebook page. The Farmington Town Players can't wait to see you at the Farmington Recreation Center this spring for their 30th Anniversary, and their 30th performance!
Director, Debbi Van Gelder, discusses the scene with actors.

The two act play is fast paced, satirized for your enjoyment, and modernized to a great extent. It's both fun to watch and actually does cover both of Homer's epic narratives, and all Greek mythology. Mark your calendars for this one. You won' t want to miss it. This play is fun for the entire family.
The versatile cast, pictured above, take on a wide variety of roles throughout the telling of these myths and stories.  
  • Jess Bowen: Helen of Troy, Persephone, Glaukos, Eurydice, and Circe
  • Amy Drapeau:  Aphrodite, Penelope, Noble Steed, and other sensational characters
  • Stan Freeda: Hades, Hephaestus, Menelaus, Principal Thomas, Ajax, Minotaur, and Odysseus
  • Samantha J. G. Goodwin: Athena, Mrs. Henderson, King Priam, Medea, and others
  • Tami Larock: Demeter, Thetis, sleeping Trojan, Trojan commander, Galatea, Arachne, and Coach Tantalus 
  • Benjamin Menard: Tom, Epimetheus, Odysseus, Hector, Diomedes, Jason, Cyclops, Phaethon, and Exploitatis
  • Joshua Menard: Prometheus, Apollo, Achilles, Orpheus, Perseus, Oedipus, and Telemachus
  • Ruth Menard: Hestia, Iphigenia, Scylla, Ariadne, Medusa, Agenor
  • Tracy Menard: Hera, Aeolus, Mother of Odysseus, and Queen of the Phaecians
  • Anna O'Sullivan:  Hermes, Nestor, Priam, Iris, Peleus, and Trojan Officer
  • Fred Pitman: Zeus, Agamemnon, Atenor, Patroklos, Pygmalion, and Old Dog
  • Elizabeth Van Gelder:  Jane, Pandora, Semele, Oracle, Andromache, Thisbe, Tiresias, and Calypso
  • Kevin Willey:  Poseidon, Paris, Man, Hercules, Theseus, and Thor
Tickets are $5.00 at the door, with family group rates available.

Iliad, Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less,
by Jay Hopkins, John Hunter, and Homer

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. The Gods walk the Red Carpet. The Creation of Mankind is a botched subcontractors job. Man and Pandora try settling down despite an ominous wedding gift. Love stories are a dating show and the Greek Tragedies are sports highlights! And don't forget the two greatest stories ever told, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Kidnap Helen of Troy and you've got a 10 year slap-fight of epic proportions with pouty Achilles, war-hungry Agamemnon, and clever Odysseus, destined to wander the seas for 10 more years fighting giants, seductresses and the Gods themselves. 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 only seconds to spare.
    "This riotous distillation of classic Greek mythology and Homer's epic poems takes boldface names from myth and literature and turns them into a thing that would make Cliffs-Notes and Monty Python proud... Hopkins and Hunter use pop culture to spoof some of the more overly dramatic Greek moments and do a wonderful job of picking up on all the things that never made sense in these traditional stories-" - Orlando Sentinel

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