D&E set to present ‘The Odyssey’

ELKINS — Comedy, adventure and the reaction of a live studio audience will come together as the Davis & Elkins College Division of Creative Arts presents “The Odyssey,” today through Sunday in the Boiler House Theatre on the College campus.

The play, adapted by Simon Armitage, will be recreated as a two-part mini-series performed for an audience as the audio is streamed live.

Show times are: Part 1, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday; Part 2, 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To access the audio live stream, visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment/season and follow the link.

Tickets for each part are $8 general admission, $5 for non-D&E students and senior citizens, and free for D&E students, faculty and staff. Purchase online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255.

The exciting, funny and epic tale of the Greek hero Odysseus’ quest to return home after the Trojan War was originally crafted for BBC radio.

“Armitage’s adaptation of this Greek classic is so contemporary and so accessible, we knew it would be a great way to get our students and our audience connected to the material,” said Assistant Professor of Theatre kb saine, who directs the production.

Sophomore Matt Weintraub of Lewisburg, portrays Odysseus with a cast of sophomore Brandon Ulrich of Roanoke, Virginia, as Antinous/Polites; Orrin Jones of Elkins as Eurymachus; freshman Cassie Myers of Clarksburg, as Nausicaa/Sound Crew; senior Clay Friel of Hillsboro, as Amphinomus/Eurybates; junior Denise Folley of Charlottesville, Virginia, as Calypso/Alcinous/Siren; alumna Diana R. Vera, ’93, of Elkins as Anticleia/Melanthius/Phemios/Musician; freshman Emily Salisbury of Spencer, as Halitherses/Sailor/Siren; senior Emmett Jaeger of Los Alamitos, California, as Elpenos/Agamemnon; junior Eric Gordon of Bristow, Virginia, as Zeus/Eurylochus; senior Jacob Currence of Beverly, as Cyclops; senior Jon Tracey of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as Shipmate; junior Josh Thompson of Parsons, as Telemachus/Tiresias/Antiphus; senior MacKinzie Smith of Renick, as Penelope/Siren/Phaeacian Servant; freshman Maddie Lessner of Waldorf, Maryland, as Achilles/Skipper/Siren; freshman Megan Augustine of Dallas, Georgia, and Instructor of Theatre Ruth Humphrey as Arete; freshman Megan Huffnagel of Elkins as Athena/Siren; freshman Megan Tuley of Vienna, and saine as Circe/Eumaeus; sophomore Rachel Pearlstein of Owings Mills, Maryland, as Hermes; and junior Shannen McClure of Marlinton, as Eurycleia/Siren.

For the production, students learned the art of Foley, a technique for creating synchronous or live sound effects. Members of the onstage Foley crew are freshman Kyle Hall of Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Folley, Gordon and Myers.