NWF State College Presents Illiad, Odyssey & All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less Oct. 6-9 Sprint Theater

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


9/22/2010 -

The upcoming fall theatrical production presented by Northwest Florida State College's Fine & Performing Arts Division is a wacky classical Greek lesson of "The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less". Five actors will play the entire cast of 145 characters for a madcap evening of screwball comedy presented lightning-bolt fast as a clock ticks down from 99 minutes in front of everyone's eyes. The show is October 6 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus.

According to director Clint Mahle, describing the fast-paced show is nearly impossible, "All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies, and nutty characters are presented lightning-bolt fast with hysterical results," Mahle explained. Gods walk the Red Carpet. The Creation of Mankind is a botched science experiment. Man and Pandora trying settling down despite an ominous wedding gift in a locked box. Love stories are a dating show and the Greek tragedies are sports highlights. And what about the two of the greatest stories ever told, The Iliad and The Odyssey? Kidnap Helen of Troy and you have a ten year slap-fight of epic proportions with pouty Achilles, war-hungry Agamemnon and clever Odysseus, who is destined to wander the seas for ten more years fighting giants, seductresses, and the Gods themselves.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 for adults and $10 for students age 18 and younger. The Sprint Theater is the smaller of two theater venues at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and advance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited seating. The box office will also open at 6:00 p.m. each night of the show for any available at-the-door ticket sales which are the same price as advance tickets. Purchase tickets by phone or on-line from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 792-6000 or web www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

The college will also offer special performance nights October 4 and 5 for NWF State College students who will be admitted free of charge with no ticket required on student nights by showing a current student ID.

When asked why he chose this show, director, Clint Mahle, said, "I truly love the show called The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged which is an improvisational play based on most if not all of Shakespeares works. However, that particular play has been done in this area at least five times in the last three or four years. I found this Greek play and it was just as funny and actually covers more material." Mahle went on to sing the praises of the cast of actors. "How they manage to keep track of all the characters is quite astounding. The fast pace of the show appears chaotic, but the actors are in control of every moment. It has been quite a challenge."

"The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes or less" is indeed chaotic, wild, zany, and wacky noted Mahle. "I even thought of trying the show without an intermission. It is impossible. The cast needs a break and very definitely the audience will, too - but it's totally fun," he said. The cast is made up of three men and two women. The men are simply referred to as M-1, 2, and 3 and the women are F-1 and F-2. Daniel Sindelar and Nicholas Martin of Fort Walton Beach and Tyler Corbin of Niceville are Man 1 through 3 respectively. Megan Rambo and Tara Adam, both from Fort Walton Beach are Female 1 and 2.