SHERBURNE – Those seeking tales of adventure and romance won't have to travel far next weekend. At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3. the Sherburne-Earlville High School Drama Club will perform “The Odyssey,” which is a play adapted for the stage by Thomas Hischak from Homer's Greek poem.
“It's an adventure story. A lot of people are drawn to that,” said Director Colleen Law-Tefft.
This is Law-Tefft's first time directing the play and she was partly drawn to it because the ninth graders just finished reading “The Odyssey” for class.
“The staging intrigued me,” said Law-Tefft and explained that the stage is done simplistically with heavy reliance on blocks and lighting effects. “We suggest that that's where we are. It's a different type of style than we've done before.”
The play centers around the tale of Odysseus, a Greek soldier who tries to return to his wife and son (Cordelia Roth and Dmitri Sofranko) after fighting in the Trojan War for years. Played by Skyler Gold, Odysseus takes ten years to return to Ithaca and encounters numerous obstacles. He is captured by a cyclops, meets the sorceress Circe (Maddy Fetzko) and evades Sirens only to anger gods and be forced to stay on Calypso’s (Danielle Purdy) island, among other adventures. The goddess Athena (Meaghan Weinell) serves as his guide and helps him when he returns to find his home in danger.